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 4–8.

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

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

Students in the Middle Grades Education program can also develop dual- or single-subject area expertise in Language Arts, Mathematics or Science for grades 7–8, and field experiences start as early as the sophomore year. Students will also work with special education needs students in the junior year. A semester of student teaching completes the degree.

Teacher Certification

Pennsylvania requires teachers to have state certification before being approved to teach in public schools. The Middle Grades Education degree prepares you to successfully complete the commonwealth’s teacher certification exams, as well as the content area certification exams required for middle grades teachers. Learn more about certification.


You can focus on Middle Grades Education or you can take one of the following concentrations.

  • Mathematics

    Teach young minds the universal language of numbers. This program guides students through a course of study focused on teaching the basic concepts and the foundation of mathematics for future study and application.

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  • Mathematics and Language Arts

    Combine two vital subjects for a career in primary education. These twin courses of study emphasize the basic concepts of written and verbal communication with the bases of mathematical and statistical reasoning.

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  • Mathematics and Science

    Corner the market in pure-science education with combined concentrations in mathematics and science. This concentration covers the basic concepts and subjects of science and mathematics covered in a middle-school education, as well as education theory.

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  • Science

    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

    Increase your options as a middle-grades teacher. The courses in this line of study emphasize teaching and learning literacy, while imbuing the important principles of scientific discovery and language communication.

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  • Social Studies

    Engage and develop the worldviews of future citizens. Courses included 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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  • Language Arts

    Middle Grades Education (grades 4–8) BSEd, Language Arts Concentration 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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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 increases your chances for peer support and future professional contacts. It also provides you with opportunities to give back to the community, either locally or globally. Explore the opportunities available through organizations like

  • 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 an opportunity to effect change.   
  • Grandma’s Kids, a K–5 afterschool program that focuses on homework, and 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.
  • Treehouse Books, a literacy center near Temple’s Main Campus where students can engage in literacy service work.

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