Middle Level Social Studies Option
The Middle Level (ML) Social Studies option in the Elementary & Early Childhood Education (EECE) program is designed to support teacher candidates to teach social studies to children in fourth grade and continuing into the eighth grade. The ML Social Studies option is informed by guidelines recommended by the National Council for the Social Studies. The ML Social Studies option also uses the to guide the instruction and learning within the EECE ML social studies courses.
Undergraduate students interested in the ML Social Studies option take general education courses during their first two years and apply to the program during their 4th semester. They are to complete in order to be considered a candidate in the program. requirements
During the final year, teacher candidates complete a one semester student teaching field experience.
Candidates are placed in one semester of student teaching. They will be placed in a 6th grade “home base” classroom and a 7th or 8th grade content classroom for the semester.
Upon successful completion of all requirements for graduation, students receive a Bachelor of Science degree. For teacher certification, students must also meet all clearance and testing requirements specified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.