Bachelor of Science in Middle Level Grades 4-8 Education: Social Studies

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The following eight-semester schedule of courses provides a recommended framework for completing this program of study in four years.


Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First Semester 16
ENG 101  English Composition I 3
HIS 101  U.S. History to 1877 3
MAT 120  Elementary Topics in Math I 3
PSY 206  Adolescent Psychology 3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
Fines Arts Course 3
   
Second Semester 18
CHD 250  Teaching Health and Physical Education 3
ESP 210  Special Education Foundation and Collaboration 3
HIS 102  U.S. History since 1877 3
MAT 130  Elementary Topics in Math II 3
Any Approved American/British Literature Course 3
Natural Science with Lab 3
   
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 15
CHD 350  Family and Community Collaborations 3
ELM 200  Intro to Middle Level Education 3
GEO 100  Intro to Geography 3
HIS 112  World History since 1500 3
MAT 181  College Algebra 3
   
Fourth Semester 15
ECO 100  Elements of Economics 3
ELM 220  Instruction and Assessment in 4-8 Class 3
ESP 311  Assessment and Positive Behavior Intervention* 3
POS 105  American National Government 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
HIS 200  History of Pennsylvania 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
Approved Social Studies 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 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. 
  • Prerequisite for ELM 220 and all 300-level ELM and CHD courses is ELM 200. 
  • State licensure for exams must be passed before student teaching. 

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 (prerequisite ENG 101, 102)
  • ENG 302  English Literature II (prerequisite ENG 101, 102)                  
  • ENG 337  Survey of American Literature I (prerequisite ENG 101, 102)
  • ENG 338  Survey of American Literature II (prerequisite ENG 101, 102)
  • HON 250  Honors Comp II (prerequisite HON 150)

Take one of the concentration courses listed below:

  • ECO 200  Current Economics Issues
  • ECO 201  Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECO 202  Principles of Macroeconomics
  • GEO 105  Human Geography
  • GEO 217  Demographic Analysis
  • GEO 220  Geography of North America and PA
  • POS 101  Contemporary Policy and Politics
  • POS 306  The Congress
  • POS 310  The Presidency