Mathematics and Language Arts Concentration

The Bachelor of Science in Education in Middle Grades Education prepares undergraduate students for middle level teaching (fourth to eighth grades). Middle grades teachers, particularly in math and science education, are increasingly sought out and in high-demand in Pennsylvania as well as across the country.

The College of Education program in Middle Grades Education is designed to ensure not only that there are certified teachers to fill the growing vacancies, but that our students graduate highly knowledgeable about learning and teaching as well as committed to pre/adolescent learners from diverse ethnic, economic and geographic backgrounds. To that end, our program focuses on building deep content-specific pedagogical knowledge aligned to the breadth of academic standards and the wide-ranging developmental needs of middle grades students. To develop a strong link between learning theories and actual pedagogical practice, we also require that our students engage in early, often and strategic field/clinical education experiences in middle grades settings.

Our program stands out as cutting-edge because we prepare undergraduate students to teach in both the upper elementary and middle grades classrooms.

In addition to becoming certified to teach all elementary subjects in 4-6th, all Middle Grades Education: Mathematics and Language Arts Concentration students will pursue dual certification for 7-8th grades in the areas of Mathematics and Language Arts; the required minimum number of credit hours is 126.

GPA Requirements:

  • In order to maintain good standing in Middle Grades Education, students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and a 2.0 grade point average in the course work in their concentration areas.

Summary of Requirements

University Requirements

All students are required to complete the university's General Education (GenEd) curriculum. 

All students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive (WI) courses at Temple University. Writing intensive course numbers end in 96, 97 and 98. 

College Requirements

Students receive a Bachelor of Science in Education degree with a recommendation for Pennsylvania teacher certification upon the successful completion of their program requirements with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or must meet the Pennsylvania Department of Education's qualifying Praxis score standards.

The required total minimum credit hours for the Middle Grades Education concentration in Mathematics and Language Arts is 126. These credit hours are satisfied by taking courses in four categories:

  1. University General Education requirements (General Education)
  2. Education courses
  3. Teacher Education Certification Courses (i.e. methods and student teaching)
  4. Concentration courses

All students seeking to graduate with the recommendation for certification must also meet the requirements for Candidacy.

Suggested Academic Plan

B.S.ED. in Middle Grades Education: Mathematics and Language Arts Concentration

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2017-2018 Academic Year

To best prepare students in this major for the Praxis II exams, we strongly encourage taking the suggested GenEds listed.

(Certain courses require that a student secure clearances as per the College of Education policy; students should check the current list of courses that require clearances found on the College of Education Blackboard Undergraduate Community.)

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]14
GenEd Breadth Course (Race & Diversity)23
BIOL 1011General Biology I (includes a lab)34
MATH 1022Precalculus4
 Term Credit Hours15
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]13
GenEd Breadth Course (U.S. Society)43
CSCD 1108Introduction to Linguistics3
PHYS 1021Introduction to General Physics I4
MATH 1041Calculus I1,54
 Term Credit Hours17
Year 2
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
GenEd Breadth Course (Global/World Society)63
MATH 1042Calculus II4
ENG 2831Literacy and Society3
EDUC 2103Socio-cultural Foundations of Education in the United States13
 Term Credit Hours16
MATH 1015Introduction to Numbers Figures4
EDUC 2109Adolescent Development for Educators1,73
SPED 2231Introduction to Inclusive Education1,73
Select one of the following:34
General Biology II (includes a lab) 
Introduction to General Physics II (includes a lab) 
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Fiction 
Introduction to Literature 
Creative Writing: Fiction 
Modern Poetry 
The Modern Novel 
 Term Credit Hours17
Year 3
GenEd Breadth Course (Arts)84
MGRE 3109Cognitive Development in the Content Areas (FALL ONLY)13
MGRE 3111Applications of Learning Theory to Middle Grades Education (FALL ONLY)13
Select one of the following:3
U.S. History to 1877 
U.S. History since 1877 
Select one of the following:3
Elements of Statistics 
Probability and Statistics 
 Term Credit Hours16
Select one of the following:3
Survey of American Literature I 
Survey of American Literature II 
African-American Literature II 
MGRE 3145Teaching and Learning Math in the Middle Grades (SPRING ONLY)3
MGRE 4108Teaching and Learning Science in the Middle Grades (SPRING ONLY)3
MATH 2021Functions and Modeling3
SPED 4109Educating Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Settings (SPRING ONLY)3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
MGRE 3196Teaching and Learning Literacy in the Middle Grades [WI] (FALL ONLY)3
SPED 3187Integrated Literacy and Special Education Practicum (FALL ONLY)3
MGRE 3296Cultures, Communities, and Families [WI] (FALL ONLY)3
EDUC 2306Assessment and Evaluation3
ENES 3338Foundations of Language Teaching: Teaching English Language Learners in Grades 4 to 1273
 Term Credit Hours15
MGRE 4888Student Teaching in the Middle Grades9
MGRE 4801Senior Seminar and Performance Assessment in Middle Grades Education3
EDUC 4111Classroom and Conflict Management in Grades 4 through 123
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 126

Course must be successfully completed to be eligible for Candidacy approval.


Suggested GenEd Race & Diversity courses: SOC 0829, AAAS 0829, ANTH 0829, GUS 0829, HIST 0829, POLS 0829 or SOC 0929.


These two courses constitute the waiver for the GenEd Science category when the GPA requirement is met.


Suggested GenEd U.S. Society courses: SOC 0848, GUS 0848, ANTH 0848, AMST 0848 or HIST 0848.


This course constitutes the waiver for the GenEd Quantitative Literacy category when the GPA requirement is met.


Suggested GenEd Global/World Society courses:  ANTH 0867, GUS 0867 or SOC 0867.


These three courses constitute the waiver for the GenEd Human Behavior category when the GPA requirement is met.


Suggested GenEd Arts courses: ENG 0826 or ENG 0926.