Middle Level Education

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

Middle Level Education

Become a middle school teacher with a Cal U B.S.Ed.

Help children in grades 4-8 discover the wonders of the world with a bachelor's degree in middle level education from California University of Pennsylvania. 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.

A hands-on degree with plenty of field experiences in local classrooms, Cal U's bachelor's degree in middle level education will prepare you for Pennsylvania teacher certification in grades 4-8. If you decide to pursue teaching certification, you can choose from the following concentrations:


Program Highlights: Middle Level Education

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 California University of Pennsylvania. CAEP promotes excellence in educator preparation through quality assurance and continuous improvement. See CAEP reporting measures of program impact and outcomes.


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.

Middle level education teaching certification concentrations to choose from.
Years of dedication to world-class teacher education. 
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Degree Benefits

Benefits of earning your middle level education bachelor's degree Cal U include:

  • Hands-on fieldwork and student teaching opportunities in local Pennsylvania middle schools.
  • Job placement support from faculty, alumni and Cal U's Career and Professional Development Center.
  • Special on-campus seminars that keep you up to date on current education topics and trends.
  • Childhood education-focused student clubs that will encourage your interests, help you forge friendships and enable you to network with professionals in the field.
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Graduate Outcomes

According to the U.S. Department of Education, there is a teacher shortage in many U.S. states, which means it's a great time to earn a degree in education. Cal U's middle level education bachelor's degree opens the door to many opportunities - including becoming a middle school teacher. Our program alumni have gone on to careers as:

  • Public or private school teachers.
  • Para-educators and remediation teachers.
  • Children and youth services members.
  • Substitute teachers and recreation services instructors.
  • Curriculum authors, and more.
Middle Level Education Bachelor's Degree
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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

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Practical Skills that Make a Difference

"I can't express how valuable the education program was to me at Cal U. ... 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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Professional Development Schools

Cal U proudly participates in a Professional Development Schools (PDS) collaborative. In many of the middle level education classes, you'll have the opportunity to travel to nearby middle schools to practice instructional delivery.

Middle Level Education Bachelor's Degree Courses

This bachelor's degree program emphasizes hands-on learning, in-depth courses and field experience in real middle school classrooms. Upon successful completion of this program, you will earn a bachelor's degree and will be eligible for Pennsylvania teaching certification.

Course Examples
  • Elementary Topics In Math
  • Child Psychology
  • Adolescent Psychology
  • Introduction To 4-8 Middle Level Education
  • Special Education Foundations And Collaboration
  • Instruction And Assessment In Grade 4-8 Classrooms
  • Educational Psychology
  • Technology In Teaching And Learning

Middle Level Education

Certification Concentrations

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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