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Middle Level Grades 4-8 Language Arts (B.S.Ed.)

Administered by Early Childhood and Elementary Education

Effective Fall 2013

The State Board of Education adopted changes that affect all of Pennsylvania's instructional and educational specialist programs by adding 9 credits or 270 hours or equivalent combination for adaptations and accommodations for diverse students in an inclusive setting and 3 credits or 90 hours or equivalent combination to meet the instructional needs of English Language Learners. Although these regulatory changes became effective on September 22, 2007, the PA Department of Education has not yet developed final requirements for colleges/universities to follow. Therefore, additional program requirements will be developed and incorporated into your certification program to comply with new regulations for certifying teachers that become effective on January 1, 2013.

Requirements for Certification in Middle Level 4-8 develop knowledge of the nature of the pre-adolescent/adolescent, the nature of the middle school, the learning process, general methods of teaching and methods of teaching particular subjects and to provide student teaching experience. A total of 73 semester hours is taken in required courses. None may be taken on a pass/fail basis. An area of teaching competence is required (Mathematics, Social Studies, Science or Language Arts/Reading). No free electives are available for this program. In addition to the 121-credit requirement for a Bloomsburg University degree, education majors are subject to background checks and passage of PAPA, PECT and any required PRAXIS exams.

General Education Requirements

ASL 1 or any 102 Level Language Course

BIOLOGY.100 Cells, Genes and Molecules or BIOLOGY.101 Human Biology

CHEM.101 Introductory Chemistry

EDFOUND.406 Multicultural Education

EXERSCI.114 Team Sports, EXERSCI.241 Judo/Self-Defense or EXERSCI.270 Exercise and You


EXERSCI.226 Jogging/Walking and EXERSCI.230 Weight Training & Fitness

HISTORY.122 U.S. History Survey: 1877 to present

MATH.201 Math Concept I

MATH.202 Math Concept II

PHIL.111 Intro to Philosophy or MUSIC.101 Music Listening or THEATRE.102 Intro to Theatre or THEATRE.103 Theatre Appreciation

PSYCH.101 General Psychology

Professional Education Courses

AUDSLP.432 Communication and Education for ELLs or PROFSTUD.494 ELL Strategies and Methods

EDFOUND.204 Educational Technology for Teaching and Learning

EDFOUND.291 Principles of Teaching

ELEMED.150 Introduction to Middle Level Education

ELEMED.351 Teaching Middle Level Science and Mathematics Grades 4-8

ELEMED.360 Teaching Middle Level Language Arts and Social Studies

ELEMED.366 Teaching Reading in the Content Areas Elem/Mid-Level Grades 4-8

PSYCH.214 Transitions to Adolescent Development

SPECED.101 Introduction to Individuals with Exceptionalities

SPECED.358 Methods of Instruction for Individuals with Disabilities

Language Arts Content (30 credits)

COMMSTUD.103 Public Speaking or COMMSTUD.104 Interpersonal Communication

ELEMED.364 Teaching Reading in the Elem/Mid-Level Grades

ENGLISH.101 Foundations of College Writing

ENGLISH.111 Lang Soc Interaction

ENGLISH.151 Intro to Literature OR ENGLISH.152 Literature & Society

ENGLISH.204 Introduction to Creative Writing

ENGLISH.280 Poetry

ENGLISH.385 Literature for Young Adults

SECED.351 Teaching of Communication in the Secondary School

Mathematics Content

MATH.109 College Algebra

Any Math Course

Science Content

EGGS.120 Physical Geology

PHYSICS.103 Principles of Physical Science

Social Studies Content

EGGS.104 World Regional Geography


PROFSTUD.301 Teaching Learning and Assessment OR EDFOUND.311 Classroom Measures and Assessment

SPECED.275 Linking Assessment and Instruction for Students with Disabilities

Field Experiences (3 credits)

PROFSTUD.461 Practicum (Bethlehem)

Student Teaching (12 credits)

ELEMED.494 Teaching in Education: First Experience

ELEMED.495 Teaching in Education: Second Experience