2020-2021 Academic Catalog

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

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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. 

Delivery Mode

Traditional (on campus)


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). 


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  OR  HIS 102  U.S. History since 1877 3
MAT 120  Elementary Topics in Math I 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 Foundations and Collaboration 3
MAT 130  Elementary Topics in Math II 3
Any Approved Brit/American Lit Course 3
Natural Science with Lab 3
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 18
CHD 350  Family and Community Collaborations 3
ELM 200  Intro to Middle Level Education 3
ENG 102  English Composition II 3
ENG 337  Survey of American Lit I 3
GEO/POS/ECO 102  Social Sciences Courses 3
MAT 181  College Algebra 3
Fourth Semester 15
ELM 220  Instruction and Assessment in 4-8 Class 3
ENG 338  Survey of American Lit II 3
ESP 311  Assessment and Positive Behavior Interventions 3
PSY 208  Educational Psychology  3
English Concentration Elective 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
English Concentration Course 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
English 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 Education 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 and 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 (prerequisite HON 150)

English Concentration Courses (select three)

  • ENG 308  Research for Writers
  • ENG 315  Survey of American Women Writers
  • ENG 345  English Grammar and Usage
  • ENG 347  Intro to Linguistics
  • ENG 425  Shakespeare  

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. 

Accelerated Bachelor's-to-Master's Program

Accelerated bachelor's-to-master's programs are also available to undergraduate students who qualify, including:

  • B.S.Ed. in Middle Level Education: Language Arts/Reading to M.Ed. in Reading Specialist
  • B.S.Ed. in Middle Level Education: Language Arts/Reading to M.Ed. in Integrative STEM Education K-12

Curriculum requirements are listed under the "Accelerated Programs" section of this catalog.

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