2020-2021 Academic Catalog

B.S.Ed. in Middle Level Grades 4-8 Education: Language Arts/Reading to M.Ed. in Reading Specialist

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Program Description

The Language Arts/Reading concentration of the Bachelor of Science in Education in Middle Level Education degree prepares students to teach English language and reading to children in grades 4 through 8. Upon successful completion of this program, students will earn a bachelor's degree and be eligible for Pennsylvania teaching certification. 

Qualified undergraduate students in this concentration may be eligible to participate in the accelerated B.S.Ed.-to-M.Ed. program, which enables them to take graduate courses that apply to both their bachelor's degree in Middle Level Education: Language Arts/Reading and (thereafter) a Reading Specialist master's degree.

The Reading Specialist Master of Education program at Cal U is designed for students who want to earn a Master of Education degree and reading specialist certification on their Pennsylvania teaching certificate.

Through the accelerated program, students can complete both degrees at Cal U with a total of 145 credits. 

Program Coordinator

Dr. Diane Fine


These programs are 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). The reading specialist program is also nationally recognized by the International Literacy Association (ILA).


The following curriculum shows the requirements for completing the bachelor's degree under the accelerated B.S.Ed.-to-M.Ed. program. Additional graduate-level courses are required to complete the master's degree; refer to the graduate academic catalog for these requirements.

Course Credits
General Education Courses 40-41
CHD 250  Health and PE Methods for PreK-4 3
CHD 350  Family and Community Collaborations 3
ECO 102  Econ for El. Ed. 1
EDU 333  Technology for Teaching and Learning 3
EDU 350  Supporting Eng. Lang. Learners 3
ESP 210  Special Education Foundations and Collaborations 3
ENG 101  Composition I 3
GEO 102  Geographic Sys. for El. Ed. 1
HIS 101  U.S. History to 1877  OR  HIS 102  U.S. History since 1877 3
MAT 120  Elementary Topics I 3
MAT 130  Elementary Topics II 3
POS 102  American Gov. for El. Ed. 1
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
British/American Lit Course (from approved list) 3
Fine Arts Elective  
Natural Science Course with Lab 3
Required Major Courses
CHD 413  Content Area Literacy Field Experience* 3
CHD 450  Assessment and Data Literacy* 3
EDU 375  Intro to Integrated STEM Education 3
ELM 200  Intro to Middle Level Ed. 3
ELM 220  Inst. and Assess in 4-8 Class. 3
ELM 301  Read Methods Assess.* 3
ELM 302  Lang Arts Methods Assess.* 3
ELM 311  Math Methods Assess.* 3
ELM 321  Science Methods Assess.* 3
ELM 331  Soc St Methods Assess.* 3
ELM 415  Middle Level Education Field Experience* 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
RES 800  Methods of Research 3
Select two of the following: 6
ENG 315  Survey of American Women Writers 3
ENG 345  English Grammar and Usage 3
ENG 347  Intro to Linguistics 3
ENG 425  Shakespeare 3
Required Related Courses 15
ESP 311  Assess Positive Behavior Interv. 3
ESP 412  Evidence-Based Practices* 3
MAT 181  College Algebra 3
PSY 206  Adolescent Psychology 3
PSY 208  Educational Psy. (PSY 100 waived) 3
Free Elective 3
RSP 700  Fundamentals of Literacy 3
Total 121

Program Notes:

  • All courses required for certification with a grade of C- or lower must be repeated.
  • All ELM, CHD and ESP courses require current clearances and minimum 2.5 GPA to register, except ELM 200 and ELM 220, which require 2.0 GPA.
  • 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 exams must be passed before student teaching.
  • Undergraduate students must achieve at least junior standing to take graduate-level coursework.

Approved American/British Lit. Courses

  • ENG 107  Intro to Fiction
  • ENG 125  The American West
  • ENG 127  Women as Hero
  • ENG 148  Horror in Literature
  • ENG 150  Baseball in Literature
  • ENG 155  Black Literature
  • ENG 160  Intro to British and American Literature
  • ENG 203  Great Books
  • ENG 301  English Lit I (pre-req ENG 101 and 102)
  • ENG 302  English Lit II (pre-req ENG 101 and 102)
  • ENG 337  Survey of Am. Lit. I (pre-req ENG 101 and 102)
  • ENG 338  Survey of Am. Lit. II (pre-req ENG 101 and 102)
  • HON 250  Honors Composition II (pre-req Hon 150)

Additional Requirements

Students accepted into a teacher certification program must be admitted to Teacher Education before they may register for upper-level, restricted courses. Please refer to the Teacher Education Program Student Handbook for details on Admission to Teacher Education requirements. 

Undergraduate students in the accelerated program may register for no more than 6 graduate credits in any one term, and in terms when a graduate course is registered, the student may not register for more than 18 total credits.

It is the student’s responsibility to apply and meet the qualifications of the graduate program portion of the accelerated program. Failure to follow through with enrollment in the accelerated graduate program will result in additional undergraduate credits to complete the bachelor’s degree, as outlined in the Undergraduate Credit for Graduate Courses policy.

Additional accelerated program requirements may be found at: https://www.calu.edu/inside/forms/_files/academic-affairs/accelerated-program-application.pdf

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