Middle Level Education Science

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

Middle Level Education Science

Introduce children in grades 4-8 to exciting concepts in biology, geology, astronomy and more!

Gain the specialized science education knowledge, skills and disposition needed to be an effective middle school science teacher. At California University of Pennsylvania you can earn a hands-on bachelor's degree in middle level education with Pennsylvania grades 4-8 teaching certification in science.

This four-year undergraduate degree program is rooted in the standards of the Association of Middle Level Education (AMLE) and is specifically designed to prepare you for a top career teaching middle school students.

Core to Cal U's middle level education bachelor's degree are:

  • Fieldwork experiences in local Pennsylvania
  • A full semester of student teaching.
  • In-depth courses centered on evidence-based teaching practices.
  • Full preparation for Pennsylvania grades 4-8 teaching

Program Highlights: Middle Level Education

Professional Development Schools: Cal U 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.

Personal Attention: 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.

Top Accreditation: This undergraduate degree program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Cal U's education programs have also been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954, and we are continuing with the successor organization, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). See CAEP reporting measures of program impact and outcomes.

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Weeks of student teaching in a grades 4-8 classroom with increasing levels of responsibility for planning, instructional delivery and assessment.
Is the average annual salary for middle school teachers, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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Degree Benefits

Benefits of earning your Cal U middle level education bachelor's degree with a concentration in science include:

  • The development of proven teaching techniques in science methods, assessments and interventions.
  • Extensive fieldwork and student teaching in local Pennsylvania middle schools.
  • Special on-campus seminars that keep you up to date on current education topics and trends.
  • Job placement support from faculty, alumni and Cal U's Career and Professional Development Center.
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Graduate Outcomes

Cal U's middle level education bachelor's degree with a concentration in science will prepare you to be an effective classroom leader. Due to high rates of retirement, teacher shortages are being reported across the United States, including shortages in the areas of science and math. Your Cal U teaching degree will give you the hands-on experience and key teaching credentials that school districts look for. Cal U 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.
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Inspire Scientific Inquiry

As a Cal U science education student, you'll delve into the nature of scientific inquiry and strategies for teaching science processes and skills. Through courses and fieldwork you'll gain hands-on practice in science teaching skills such as: creating a classroom environment conducive to scientific inquiry, designing science lesson plans, assessing student attainment of academic standards, and using the local community as a location and topic of classroom science instruction.

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Top Accreditation

This undergraduate degree program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Cal U's education programs have also been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954, and we are continuing with the successor organization, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). This program is nationally recognized by the Association for Middle Level Education.

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Praise for Cal U's Program

"Principals and administrators compliment the Cal U program when they see my lesson development and dedication to the profession firsthand." - Ashley Szala '15

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 science. Upon successful completion of this program, you will earn a bachelor's degree and will be eligible for Pennsylvania teaching certification.

  • ElementaryTopics In Science
  • Child Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Introduction To 4-8 Middle Level Education
  • Instruction And Assessments In Grade 4-8 Classrooms
  • Science Methods, Assessments And Interventions
  • Evidence-Based Practices For Elementary Inclusion

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Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First Semester 16
ENG 101  English Composition I 3
HIS 101  U.S. History to 1877  OR  HIS 102  U.S. History since 1877 3
MAT 181  College Algebra 3
PSY 206  Adolescent Psychology 3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
Fines Arts Elective 3
Second Semester 15
CHD 250  Teaching Health and Physical Education 3
ESP 210  Special Education Foundation and Collaboration 3
MAT 120  Elementary Topics in Math I 3
MAT 130  Elementary Topics in Math II 3
American/British Literature Course 3
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 16
ELM 200  Intro to Middle Level Education 3
CHD 350  Family and Community Collaborations 3
GEO/POS/ECO 102  Social Sciences Courses 3
MAT 215  Statistics 3
Physical Science Course from Approved List 4
Fourth Semester 17
BIO 125  General Botany  OR  BIO 120  General Zoology 4
ELM 220  Instruction and Assessment in 4-8 Class 3
ESP 311  Assessment and Positive Behavior Interventions* 3
PSY 208  Educational Psychology  3
Earth Science Course from Approved List 4
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 13 to 16 
ELM 302  Language Arts Methods Assessment* 3
ELM 321  Science Methods Assessment* 3
ELM 331  Social Studies Methods Assessment* 3
Free Elective 1 to 3
Science Concentration Course from Approved List 3 or 4
Sixth Semester 15 or 16
CHD 413  Content Area Literacy Field Experience*
ELM 301  Reading Methods Assessment* 3
ELM 311  Math Methods Assessment* 3
EDU 333  Technology for Teaching and Learning 3
Science Concentration Course from Approved List 3 or 4
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 15
CHD 450  Assessment and Data Literacy* 3
EDU 350  Supporting English Language Learners 3
ELM 360  Environ., Eco., and Nature Study Education 3
ELM 415  Middle Level Field Experience* 3
ESP 412  Evidence Based Practices* 3
Eighth Semester 6 or 12
ELM 461  Student Teaching and School Law* 6 or 12
Total 121

Program Notes

  • Course titles in bold are scheduled together and must be taken at the same time.
  • ALL ELM, CHD and ESP courses require current clearances and minimum 2.5 GPA to register for course, except ELM 200 and 220, which require a 2.0 GPA to register.
  • All courses required for certification with a grade of C- or lower must be repeated.
  • Candidates must follow policies for Admission to Teacher Education as stated in the Teacher Education Handbook. 
  • Courses marked with an asterisk are restricted to candidates admitted to Teacher Education. 
  • Pre-requisite for ELM 220 and all 300-level ELM and CHD courses is ELM 200. 
  • State licensure for exams must be passed before student teaching. 
  • Current clearances are required prior to enrolling in program courses.

Approved British or American Literature Courses

  • ENG 107  Introduction to Fiction
  • ENG 125  The American West
  • ENG 127  Woman as Hero
  • ENG 148  Horror in Literature
  • ENG 150  Baseball in Literature
  • ENG 155  Black Literature                                         
  • ENG 160  Introduction to British and American Literature
  • ENG 203  Great Books
  • ENG 301  English Literature I (pre-requisite ENG 101, 102)
  • ENG 302  English Literature II (pre-requisite ENG 101, 102)                  
  • ENG 337  Survey of American Literature I (pre-requisite ENG 101, 102)
  • ENG 338  Survey of American Literature II (pre-requisite ENG 101, 102)
  • HON 250  Honors Comp II (pre-requisite HON 150)

Concentration Courses

Please consult the science education adviser before selecting from the following concentration courses:

  • CHE 101  General Chemistry
  • CHE 103  Chemistry for Every Day World
  • EAS 104  Intro to Meteorology
  • EAS 105  Extreme Weather
  • EAS 142  Climatology
  • EAS 150  Intro to Geology
  • EAS 163  Introduction to Oceans
  • EAS 210  Soils
  • EDU 375  Intro to Integrated STEM Education
  • ENS 101  Intro to Environmental Science
  • PHS 137  Intro to Environmental Chemistry
  • PHS 145  Astronomy
  • PHY 121  General Physics I
  • PHY 122  General Physics II
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Middle Level (Grades 4-8) Education Faculty

Dr. Peter Cormas
Associate Professor


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Dr. Holly L. Diehl
Professor and Coordinator of Professional Development Schools Program


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Dr. Diane Fine
Associate Professor and Coordinator, Reading Specialist Program and Integrative STEM Education Program


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Dr. J. William Hug
Associate Professor; Science, Environment and STEM Teacher Education


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Dr. Rebecca Maddas
Associate Professor


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Dr. Michelle Torregano
Associate Professor and PreK-4 Graduate Coordinator


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