Middle Level Education Mathematics

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

Middle Level Education Mathematics

Become a middle school math teacher with Cal U's comprehensive teaching degree.

Make an incalculable impact on the next generation by teaching middle school mathematics. A bachelor's degree in education with Pennsylvania grades 4-8 mathematics certification will give you in-depth teacher training - including an entire semester of student teaching - as well as specialization in teaching mathematical concepts.

 California University of Pennsylvania's middle level education bachelor's degree is a four-year undergraduate program that is rooted in evidence-based teaching techniques and the standards of the Association of Middle Level Education (AMLE). This bachelor's degree program prepares 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

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.

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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15 Weeks 
Weeks of student teaching in a grades 4-8 classroom with increasing levels of responsibility for planning, instructional delivery and assessment.
Years of experience training top teachers in Pennsylvania and beyond.
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Degree Benefits

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

  • Extensive fieldwork and student teaching in local Pennsylvania middle schools.
  • The development of proven teaching techniques in introductory courses in algebra, geometry, data analysis and probability, ratios and proportions, expressions and equations.
  • Full preparation for Pennsylvania grades 4-8 teaching
  • 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 mathematics will prepare you to be an effective classroom leader. You'll graduate with the hands-on experience you need to be a competitive candidate for mathematics teaching positions, as wall as many other educational roles. 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.

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 mathematics. 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
  • Educational Psychology
  • Introduction To Grade 4-8 Middle Level Education
  • Instruction And Assessment In Grade 4-8 Classrooms
  • Math Methods, Assessment And Intreventions
  • Technology In Teaching And Learning
  • 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  OR  HIS 102  American History 3
MAT 181  College Algebra 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 Foundation and Collaboration 3
Any Approved American/British Literature Course 3
Free Elective  OR  MAT 130 3
Natural Science with Lab 3
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 15
ELM 200  Intro to Middle Level Education 3
CHD 350  Family and Community Collaborations 3
GEO/POS/ECO 102  Social Sciences Courses 3
MAT 191  College Trigonometry 3
MAT 303  Geometry 3
Fourth Semester 15
ELM 220  Instruction and Assessment in 4-8 Class 3
ESP 311  Assessment and Positive Behavior Interventions* 3
MAT 272  Discrete Mathematics 3
MAT 281  Calculus 3
PSY 208  Educational Psychology  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
MAT 341  Linear Algebra 3
MAT 400  Mathematical Modeling 3
Sixth Semester 18
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
MAT 215  Statistics 3
Free Elective 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 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 & 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)
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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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Share Your Passion for Numbers

As a mathematics education student at Cal U, you'll review your own math skills while learning a variety of strategies to be used in teaching mathematics to middle level students - including making connections to other mathematics concepts, to various subject areas, and to real-life situations. Your courses will be rooted in national and Pennsylvania math standards, and will give you the opportunity to engage in teaching short activities to small groups of children in grades 4-8.

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Faculty Expertise

At Cal U, you'll 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 (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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