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 PennWest California will give you comprehensive teacher training - including an entire semester of student teaching - as well as focused expertise in literacy for middle school students.

 PennWest California'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  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.


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 PennWest California 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 PennWest California'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. PennWest California'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. PennWest California 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

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 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.



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 120  Elementary Topics I
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 130  Elementary Topics II
  • 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
ENG 102  English Composition II 3
ENG 337  Survey of American Lit. I 3
ENG 338  Survey of American Lit. II 3
Select three courses from the following:
  • ENG 308  Research for Writers
  • ENG 315  Survey of AM. Women Writers
  • ENG 345  English Grammar and Usage
  • ENG 347  Intro to Linguistics
  • ENG 425  Shakespeare
Required Related Courses 15
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
MAT 181  College Algebra 3
Free Electives 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.)
  • Approved English Concentration Courses are: ENG 106, 107, 108, 125, 127, 148, 150, 155, 203, 376, 377, 378.
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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.

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Praise for PennWest California's Program

 "Principals and administrators compliment the PennWest California 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.