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

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.

  • 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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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 120  Elementary Topics in Math I 3
PSY 206  Adolescent Psychology 3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
Fine Arts Elective 3
Second Semester 15
CHD 250  Teaching Health and Physical Education 3
ESP 210  Special Education Foundations and Collaboration 3
MAT 130  Elementary Topics in Math II 3
Any Approved Brit/American Lit Course 3
Natural Science with Lab 3
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 18
CHD 350  Family and Community Collaborations 3
ELM 200  Intro to Middle Level Education 3
ENG 102  English Composition II 3
ENG 337  Survey of American Lit I 3
GEO/POS/ECO 102  Social Sciences Courses 3
MAT 181  College Algebra 3
Fourth Semester 15
ELM 220  Instruction and Assessment in 4-8 Class 3
ENG 338  Survey of American Lit II 3
ESP 311  Assessment and Positive Behavior Interventions 3
PSY 208  Educational Psychology  3
English Concentration Elective 3
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 15
ELM 302  Language Arts Methods Assessment* 3
ELM 321  Science Methods Assessment* 3
ELM 331  Social Studies Methods Assessment* 3
English Concentration Course 3
Free Elective 3
Sixth Semester 15
CHD 413  Content Area Literacy Field Experience* 3
ELM 301  Reading Methods Assessment* 3
ELM 311  Math Methods Assessment* 3
EDU 333  Technology for Teaching and Learning 3
English Concentration Course 3
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 15
CHD 450  Assessment and Data Literacy* 3
EDU 350  Supporting English Language Learners 3
EDU 375  Intro to Integrated STEM Education 3
ELM 415  Middle Level Education Field Experience* 3
ESP 412  Evidence Based Practices 3
Eighth Semester 12
ELM 461  Student Teaching* 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 (prerequisite HON 150)

English Concentration Courses (select three)

  • ENG 308  Research for Writers
  • ENG 315  Survey of American Women Writers
  • ENG 345  English Grammar and Usage
  • ENG 347  Intro to Linguistics
  • ENG 425  Shakespeare  
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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 (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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