Mathematics and Science 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 Science Concentration students will pursue dual certification for 7-8th grades in the areas of math and science; required number of credit hours is 127 credits for this concentration.

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 Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality GPA Qualifying Praxis Score.

The required total minimum credit hours for the Middle Grades Education concentration in Mathematics and Science is 127. 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 Instructional I Certification from Pennsylvania must also meet the requirements for Candidacy.

Suggested Academic Plan

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

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2016-2017 Academic Year

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

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 1022Precalculus14
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
IH 0851 or 0951Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I [GY]13
GenEd Breadth Course (U.S. Society)43
GenEd Breadth Course (Arts)3-4
PHYS 1004Introduction to Astronomy3
Select one of the following:1, 54-5
Calculus I 
Calculus I with Lab 
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
IH 0852 or 0952Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II [GZ]3
GenEd Breadth Course (Global/World Society)63
MATH 1042Calculus II4
CHEM 1021Introduction to Chemistry I3
CHEM 1023Introduction to Chemistry Laboratory I1
EDUC 2103Socio-cultural Foundations of Education in the United States13
 Term Credit Hours17
Spring
Select one of the following:3
Survey of American Literature I 
Survey of American Literature II 
African-American Literature II 
MATH 1015Introduction to Numbers Figures4
CHEM 1022Introduction to Chemistry II3
CHEM 1024Introduction to Chemistry Laboratory II1
EDUC 2109Adolescent Development for Educators1, 73
SPED 2231Introduction to Inclusive Education1, 73
 Term Credit Hours17
Year 3
Fall
PHYS 1021Introduction to General Physics I4
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
Spring
BIOL 1012General Biology II34
MGRE 3145Teaching and Learning Math in the Middle Grades (SPRING ONLY)3
MGRE 4108Teaching and Learning Science in the Middle Grades (SPRING ONLY)3
SPED 4109Educating Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Settings (SPRING ONLY)3
MATH 2021Functions and Modeling3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall
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
ENES 3338Foundations of Language Teaching: Teaching English Language Learners in Grades 4 to 1273
EDUC 2306Assessment and Evaluation3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
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: 127
1

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

2

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

3

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

4

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

5

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

6

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

7

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