Mathematics and Science Concentration

Learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Education in Middle Grades Education.

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 qualifying Praxis score standards.

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 2018-2019 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 on the College of Education web site.)

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 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]13
GenEd Breadth Course (U.S. Society)43
GenEd Breadth Course (Arts)3-4
Select one of the following:3-4
Introduction to Astronomy 
Introductory Geology 
MATH 1041Calculus I1,54
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [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
Introduction to British Writing 
Introduction to American Writing 
Introduction to Global Writing 
Select one of the following:3
Elements of Statistics 
Probability and Statistics 
Functions and Modeling 
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 Hours16
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 
MATH 1015Introduction to Numbers Figures4
 Term Credit Hours17
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 2061Euclidean Geometry3
 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