Middle Level Education English Language Arts and Reading

Middle Level Education English Language Arts and Reading Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) with Certification

Middle Level Education English Language Arts and Reading

Empower student to become life-long readers with this specialized teaching degree.

Develop literacy in children and adolescents with a bachelor's degree in education, and a Pennsylvania grades 4-8 English language arts and reading certification. This four-year undergraduate degree program at California University of Pennsylvania will give you comprehensive teacher training - including an entire semester of student teaching - as well as focused expertise in literacy for middle school students.

 Cal U's middle level education teaching program is rooted in the standards of the Association of Middle Level Education (AMLE), and we have over 165 years of experience training top teachers in Pennsylvania and beyond. This degree program will prepare 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

Faculty Expertise: 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.
Professional development seminars designed to advance your career. 
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Degree Benefits

Benefits of earning your Cal U middle level education bachelor's degree with a concentration in English language arts and reading include:

  • Full preparation for Pennsylvania grades 4-8 teaching
  • Job placement support from faculty, alumni and Cal U's Career and Professional Development Center.
  • Fieldwork and student teaching in local Pennsylvania middle schools.
  • 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

Employment of middle school teachers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024. Cal U's middle level education bachelor's degree with a concentration in English language arts and reading will prepare you to be an effective classroom leader and give you the hands-on experience you need to be a competitive teaching candidate. Cal U 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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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.

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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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Course Spotlight: Language Arts Methods, Assessments and Interventions

In this degree course you'll learn how to help students develop reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, with an emphasis on the development of writing skills. You'll utilize an integrated approach that includes a wide variety of literature, as advocated by the International Reading Association and consistent with the constructivist theory of teaching and learning.

Middle Level Education Bachelor's Degree 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 English language arts and reading. Upon successful completion of this program, you will earn a bachelor's degree and will be eligible for Pennsylvania teaching certification.

Example Courses
  • Elementary Topics In Math
  • Child Psychology
  • Adolescent Psychology
  • Introduction To 408 Middle Level Education
  • Instruction And Assessment In Grade 408 Classrooms
  • Language Arts Methods, Assessment And Interventions
  • Reading Methods, Assessment And Interventions
  • Educational Psychology
  • Supporting English Language Learners In The Classroom

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Middle Level Education

Bachelor's Degree

Middle Level (Grades 4-8) Education Faculty

Dr. Peter Cormas
Assistant Professor


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


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Dr. Diane Fine
Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Reading Specialist Program


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


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Dr. Rebecca Maddas
Assistant Professor


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


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