Middle Level Education Social Studies

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

Middle Level Education Social Studies

Open students' eyes to the world of geography, history, government and current events.

Become a middle school social studies teacher with a bachelor's degree in middle level education and grades 4-8 social studies certification from California University of Pennsylvania.

 Cal U has a history of producing top-quality teachers for more than 165 years in Pennsylvania and beyond. Our middle level education program adheres to the standards of the Association of Middle Level Education (AMLE), and takes a hands-on approach to teacher training that includes:

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

 You'll graduate from Cal U's middle level education program with the knowledge, skills and disposition needed to become a top middle school social studies teacher.

Program Highlights: Middle Level Education

Top Professors: All program faculty members have experience teaching in childhood education classrooms and can relate theory to real-life experiences. You'll work closely with professors who are available, approachable and ready to answer your questions, provide personal assistance and give you resources for career success.

National Accreditation: Cal U's bachelor's degree in middle level education is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Our 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.

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.
56K 
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 social studies include:

  • The development of proven teaching techniques in both general middle school and specialized social studies teaching
  • Fieldwork and student teaching in local Pennsylvania middle schools.
  • 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 social studies will give you the hands-on experience and key teaching credentials that school districts look for in new hires. Our student teaching and fieldwork requirements ensure you graduate with the confidence and resume you need to hit the ground running in a variety of 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.
Middle Level Education Bachelor's Degree
A Cal U student works with middle school students.

Course Spotlight: Technology in Teaching

Learn the skills and concepts for applying technology in the middle school classroom. This degree course focuses on current technologies (such as computers, mobile devices and online tools) and how to effectively incorporate them into your lesson plans. The class emphasizes building knowledge, increasing technological skills, understanding best practices and applying your learning in an educational setting.

Students learning in the classroom.

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

A Cal U student educating middle school students.

Professional Development Schools

As a middle level education major at Cal U, you'll you have the opportunity to travel to nearby Pennsylvania middle schools to practice instructional delivery in real-world classrooms. These Professional Development Schools (PDS) collaborate with Cal U, and often hire program graduates.

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

Course Examples
  • Elementary Topics In Math
  • Child Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Introduction TO 4-8 Middle Level Education
  • Instruction And Assessment In Grade 4-8 Classroms
  • Social Studies Methods, Assessment And Interventions
  • Supporting English Language Learners In The Classrooms
  • 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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