Bachelor of Science in Education in Middle Grades Education

The Bachelor of Science in Education (BSEd) in Middle Grades Education offers undergraduate students the knowledge and instructional expertise necessary to teach students in grades four through eight.

Students examine pre-adolescent and adolescent development to learn how to connect with learners. They become certified to teach all elementary subjects for grades 4 through 6. They also master middle grades instructional theory and methods for

  • classroom management,
  • English language learners,
  • inclusive classrooms,
  • literacy and
  • students with special needs.

Students in the Middle Grades Education program can also develop dual- or single-subject area expertise in language arts, mathematics, science or social studies for grades 7 and 8, and field experiences start as early as sophomore year. Students will also work with special education needs students during junior year. A semester of student teaching completes the degree.


You will focus on all subjects for grades 4 through 6, as well as one of the following concentrations.

  • Language Arts

    Develop the foundation for a career as a language arts educator for upper elementary and middle school students. Help meet a growing need for teachers, particularly among underserved populations. This program emphasizes teaching grammar, the foundations of language and literacy teaching, and literature.

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  • Mathematics

    Help young minds develop a foundation for algebra, calculus and geometry in the middle grades. Take coursework focused on teaching the basic concepts of mathematics for future study and application. Gain real-world experience through fieldwork in the classroom.

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  • Mathematics and Language Arts

    Graduate with dual math and language arts certification to teach students in grades 7 and 8. You’ll specialize in concepts of written and verbal communication, and as well as teaching algebra, calculus and geometry. In addition to dual certification, you’ll gain certification for teaching all subjects for grades 4 through 6.

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  • Mathematics and Science

    Pursue dual certification in mathematics and science teaching. This program emphasizes teaching math and science to students in grades 7 and 8. Study the fundamentals of education theory, natural and empirical science education, and the basis of algebra, calculus and geometry.

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  • Science

    Form the basis for teaching biology, chemistry, environmental science, physics and more to future generations. Deepen your understanding of classroom management and teaching theory and practice. You’ll gain field experience at local schools to build the foundation for a career in one or more areas of science.

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  • Science and Language Arts

    Earn certification to teach all subjects to students in grades 4 through 6, plus certification to teach science and language arts to students in grades 7 and 8. Focus on teaching and learning literacy, scientific principles, and historical and modern literature.

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  • Social Studies

    Help future generations become informed citizens and expand their worldviews. You’ll develop the skills necessary to teach U.S. and world history, economics, and social and political development. The curriculum includes time spent teaching middle-grade students in the Philadelphia’s schools.

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Teacher Certification

This program prepares you to successfully complete state certification exams, allowing you to apply for a Pennsylvania Instructional I Teaching Certificate. Learn more about certification.

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+1 Accelerated Programs

For particularly focused students, the College of Education offers accelerated programs. Qualified students can earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in one five-year course of study instead of the usual six years. Learn more about the College of Education’s +1 accelerated programs, and explore the accelerated option for the Middle Grades Education degree.

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Bachelor of Science in Education offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2019–2020 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident:  $16,080.00 per year
Out-of-state: $28,992.00 per year

Student Clubs & Organizations

Participating in student groups provides peer support and future professional contacts. It also presents opportunities to give back to the community, either locally or globally. Explore the opportunities available through organizations such as

  • Be The Change, an organization that provides education and healthcare services to communities in North Philadelphia and overseas;
  • Black Diamonds Union, which works to celebrate and disseminate education about black culture at Temple University and in Philadelphia’s wider urban community;
  • College of Education Student Council, a group that provides students with leadership opportunities and a chance to effect change;   
  • Grandma’s Kids, a K through grade 5 afterschool program that focuses on homework, as well as academic, emotional and social support;
  • Jumpstart, a national early education organization that trains students to work with preschool children in low-income neighborhoods;
  • Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society, which promotes academic excellence and a network for those who are committed to teaching;
  • The Petey Greene Program at Temple University, an organization that supports prisoner education by training volunteers to provide weekly tutoring sessions to inmates in four correctional facilities in Philadelphia;
  • Temple University - Students Teaching Underrepresented Developing Youth (TU-STUDY), a group that assists children and adults in the greater Philadelphia area with advising, tutoring and other kinds of support in overcoming learning challenges;
  • Temple Student Pennsylvania State Education Association, which increases esteem for educational professions among teacher candidates, constructively affects the process of teacher education and represents students regarding these issues; and
  • Treehouse Books, a literacy center near Temple’s Main Campus where students can engage in literacy service work.

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For more information about this program, the College of Education, how to apply for admission, and your application status, contact Enrollment Management.

Enrollment Management
Phone: 215-204-8011


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