Middle Level Education 4-8

In a Penn State undergraduate teacher education program, students gain the experiences necessary to become certified teachers of secondary education.

In a Penn State undergraduate teacher education program, students gain the experiences necessary to become certified teachers of secondary education. Each program requires:

  • 45 credits of directed general education study to begin the lifelong inquiry into subject area knowledge,
  • professional course work, and
  • various field experiences including student teaching.

Students gain additional practical experience with children and adolescents through volunteer activities or part-time employment in related areas as well as the required courses.

Upon successful completion of all requirements for graduation, students receive a bachelor's of science degree. To be certified to teach, students must also meet any test and clearance requirements as specified by The Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Emphasis Areas

  • 4-8 English
  • 4-8 Social Studies
  • 4-8 Math

Middle Level 4-8 options were developed using standards established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to support the growth and content understanding requiring for grades 4-8.

Sample semester plans for the Middle Level options (English, Social Studies, Math) are available in the University Bulletin.