Middle Level Education Science

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

Middle Level Education Science

Introduce children in grades 4-8 to exciting concepts in biology, geology, astronomy and more!

Gain the specialized science education knowledge, skills and disposition needed to be an effective middle school science teacher. At California University of Pennsylvania you can earn a hands-on bachelor's degree in middle level education with Pennsylvania grades 4-8 teaching certification in science.

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.

Core to Cal U's middle level education bachelor's degree are:

  • Fieldwork experiences in local Pennsylvania
  • A full semester of student teaching.
  • In-depth courses centered on evidence-based teaching practices.
  • Full preparation for Pennsylvania grades 4-8 teaching

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.

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.

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 of student teaching in a grades 4-8 classroom with increasing levels of responsibility for planning, instructional delivery and assessment.
56 
Is the average annual salary for middle school teachers, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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Degree Benefits

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

  • The development of proven teaching techniques in science methods, assessments and interventions.
  • Extensive fieldwork and student teaching in local Pennsylvania middle schools.
  • Special on-campus seminars that keep you up to date on current education topics and trends.
  • 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 science will prepare you to be an effective classroom leader. Due to high rates of retirement, teacher shortages are being reported across the United States, including shortages in the areas of science and math. Your Cal U teaching degree will give you the hands-on experience and key teaching credentials that school districts look for. 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.
Middle Level Education Bachelor's Degree
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Inspire Scientific Inquiry

As a Cal U science education student, you'll delve into the nature of scientific inquiry and strategies for teaching science processes and skills. Through courses and fieldwork you'll gain hands-on practice in science teaching skills such as: creating a classroom environment conducive to scientific inquiry, designing science lesson plans, assessing student attainment of academic standards, and using the local community as a location and topic of classroom science instruction.

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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). This program is nationally recognized by the Association for Middle Level Education.

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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

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 science. Upon successful completion of this program, you will earn a bachelor's degree and will be eligible for Pennsylvania teaching certification.

Course Examples
  • ElementaryTopics In Science
  • Child Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Introduction To 4-8 Middle Level Education
  • Instruction And Assessments In Grade 4-8 Classrooms
  • Science Methods, Assessments And Interventions
  • Evidence-Based Practices For Elementary Inclusion

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Middle Level Education

Bachelor's Degree
Certification Concentrations

Middle Level (Grades 4-8) Education Faculty

Dr. Peter Cormas
Assistant Professor

cormas@calu.edu

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

diehl@calu.edu

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

fine@calu.edu

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

hug@calu.edu

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Dr. Rebecca Maddas
Assistant Professor

maddas@calu.edu

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

torregano@calu.edu

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