Bachelor of Science in Education in Middle Grades Education

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Education 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 four through six. 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 7–8, and field experiences start as early as the 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 4–6, as well as one of the following concentrations.

  • Language Arts

    Respond to the need for excellent language skills, especially among underserved populations such as English Language learners. This program emphasizes pedagogy for grammar, literature and other vital forms of communication.

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  • Mathematics

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  • Mathematics and Language Arts

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  • Mathematics and Science

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  • Science

    Demonstrate the details of physics and biology to future generations. Courses in this line of study include a well-rounded education of basic scientific subjects and concepts, as well as teaching theory and practice.

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  • Science and Language Arts

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  • Social Studies

    Engage and develop the worldviews of students. Courses include a well-rounded education in U.S. and world history, focusing on forces of social and political development that are vital to an early understanding of social studies.

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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 Education program 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 2017–2018 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $15,768.00 per year
Out-of-state: $27,528.00 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–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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