Middle Level Education Mathematics

Middle Level Education Mathematics Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) with Certification

Middle Level Education Mathematics

Become a middle school math teacher with PennWest California's comprehensive teaching degree.

Make an incalculable impact on the next generation by teaching middle school mathematics. A bachelor's degree in education with Pennsylvania grades 4-8 mathematics certification will give you in-depth teacher training - including an entire semester of student teaching - as well as specialization in teaching mathematical concepts.

 PennWest California's middle level education bachelor's degree is a four-year undergraduate program that is rooted in evidence-based teaching techniques and the standards of the Association of Middle Level Education (AMLE). This bachelor's degree program prepares you for a top teaching career through hands-on experiences in local middle schools, rigorous coursework, professional development seminars and more. 

Program Highlights: Middle Level Education

Professional Development Schools: PennWest California collaborates with a group of Professional Development Schools (PDS) in western Pennsylvania. This gives you the opportunity to travel to nearby middle schools to practice instructional delivery in real-world classrooms.

Top Accreditation: This  degree program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In addition, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) accredits PennWest California. CAEP promotes excellence in educator preparation through quality assurance and continuous improvement. See CAEP reporting measures of program impact and outcomes.


15 Weeks 
Weeks of student teaching in a grades 4-8 classroom with increasing levels of responsibility for planning, instructional delivery and assessment.
Years of experience training top teachers in Pennsylvania and beyond.
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Degree Benefits

Benefits of earning your PennWest California middle level education bachelor's degree with a concentration in mathematics include:

  • Extensive fieldwork and student teaching in local Pennsylvania middle schools.
  • The development of proven teaching techniques in introductory courses in algebra, geometry, data analysis and probability, ratios and proportions, expressions and equations.
  • Full preparation for Pennsylvania grades 4-8 teaching
  • Job placement support from faculty, alumni and PennWest California's Career and Professional Development Center.
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Graduate Outcomes

PennWest California's middle level education bachelor's degree with a concentration in mathematics will prepare you to be an effective classroom leader. You'll graduate with the hands-on experience you need to be a competitive candidate for mathematics teaching positions, as wall as many other educational roles. PennWest California program alumni have gone on to careers as:

  • Public or private school
  • Para-educators and remediation teachers.
  • Children and youth services members.
  • Substitute teachers and recreation services instructors.
  • Curriculum authors, and more.

Curriculum and Related Courses

This bachelor's degree and teaching certification program will give you in-depth training in grades 4-8 education and specialization in the teaching of mathematics. Upon successful completion of this program, you will earn a bachelor's degree and will be eligible for Pennsylvania teaching certification.



Course Credits
General Education Courses 40 or 41
Building a Sense of Community
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar
ENG 101  English Composition I
Public Speaking
EDU 350  Supporting English Language Learners
Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy
MAT 181  College Algebra
Health and Wellness
CHD 250  Teaching Health and Physical Education
Technological Literacy
EDU 333  Technology for Teaching and Learning
ESP 210  Special Education Foundations and Collaboration
Fine Arts
Any Fine Arts Course
Natural Sciences
Any Natural Sciences Course with Lab
3 or 4
Social Sciences
GEO 102  Geographic Systems for Elementary Education (1 credit)  AND  POS 102  American Government for Elementary Education (1 credit)  AND  ECO 102  Economics for Elementary Education (1 credit)
Ethics and Multicultural Emphasis 
CHD 350  Family and Community Collaborations
General Education Options
  • MAT 215  Statistics
  • British/American Lit Course (from approved list)
  • HIS 101  U.S. History to 1877  OR  HIS 102  U.S. History since 1877
Required Major Courses 45
ELM 200  Intro to Middle Level Ed 3
ELM 220  Instruction and Assessment in Grades 4-8 3
ELM 301  Reading Methods, Assessments and Interventions (Grades 4-8)* 3
ELM 302  Language Arts Methods, Assessments and Interventions* 3
ELM 311  Math Methods, Assessments and Interventions* 3
ELM 321  Science Methods, Assessments and Interventions* 3
ELM 331  Social Studies Methods, Assessments and Interventions* 3
EDU 375  Intro to Integrated STEM Education 3
ELM 415  Middle Level Education Field Experience* 3
CHD 413  Content Area Literacy Field Experience*
CHD 450  Assessment and Data Literacy* 3
ELM 461  Student Teaching and School Law* 12
Concentration Courses 18
MAT 191  College Trigonometry 3
MAT 272  Discrete Math 3
MAT 281  Calculus 3
MAT 303  Geometry 3
MAT 341  Linear Algebra 3
MAT 400  Mathematical Modeling 3
Required Related Courses 12
ESP 311  Assessment and Positive Behavior Interventions 3
ESP 412  Evidence Based Practices* 3
PSY 206  Adolescent Psychology 3
PSY 208  Educational Psychology (PSY 100 waived) 3
Free Electives 6
Free Elective  OR  MAT 130  Elementary Topics in Mathematics II 3
Free Elective 3
Total 121

Additional requirements, not counted toward the General Education requirements, include:

  • Special Experience Course (1 course required): ELM 461 Student Teaching and School Law
  • Writing-Intensive Component Courses (2 courses required): ELM 415 Middle Level Education Field Experience AND CHD 413 Content Area Literacy Field Experience 
  • Laboratory Course (1 course required): Any Natural Sciences Course with Lab

* Courses marked with an asterisk are restricted to candidates admitted to Teacher Education.

Program Notes:

  • All courses required for certification with C- or lower must be repeated.
  • All ELM, CHD and ESP courses require current clearances and minimum 2.5 GPA to register for courses, except ELM 200 and 220, which require 2.0 GPA to register.
  • Candidates must follow policies for Admission to Teacher Education as stated in the Teacher Education Handbook.
  • Pre-requisite for ELM 220 and all 300-level ELM and CHD courses is ELM 200.
  • State licensure exams must be passed before student teaching.
  • Current clearances are required prior to enrolling in program courses. 
  • Approved American/British Literature Courses are: ENG 107, 125, 127, 148, 150, 155, 160, 203, 301, 302, 337, 338 and HON 250. (HON 250 has a pre-requisite of HON 150; the 300-level ENG courses have pre-requisites of ENG 101 and 102.)
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Practical Skills that Make a Difference

"I can't express how valuable the education program was to me at PennWest California. ... Learning how to analyze student data and how to make changes to my instruction to meet students' needs enables me to provide the best education for each student that I have on a regular basis." - Amanda Bilitski '15

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Share Your Passion for Numbers

As a mathematics education student at PennWest California, you'll review your own math skills while learning a variety of strategies to be used in teaching mathematics to middle level students - including making connections to other mathematics concepts, to various subject areas, and to real-life situations. Your courses will be rooted in national and Pennsylvania math standards, and will give you the opportunity to engage in teaching short activities to small groups of children in grades 4-8.

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Faculty Expertise

At PennWest California, you'll work closely with top education professors who have experience as middle school teachers and can relate theory to real-life experiences. Our faculty members are available and approachable. They are here to answer your questions, provide personal assistance, and give you the resources you need for career success.