Social Studies 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 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: Social Studies Concentration students will pursue certification for 7-8th grades in the area of Social Studies.

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 area.

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

The required total minimum credit hours for the Middle Grades Education concentration in Social Studies is 124. 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

Suggested Academic Plan

B.S.ED. in Middle Grades Education: Social Studies 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.

(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
BIOL 1011General Biology I14
GenEd Breadth Course (Global/World Society)23
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]34
MATH 1021College Algebra3, 44
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
PHYS 1021Introduction to General Physics I4
GenEd Breadth Course (Race & Diversity)53
IH 0851 or 0951Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I [GY]33
MATH 1022Precalculus3, 44
Select one of the following:3
Space and Place 
Urban Geography 
 Term Credit Hours17
Year 2
Fall
IH 0852 or 0952Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II [GZ]3
MATH 1015Introduction to Numbers Figures44
EDUC 2103Socio-cultural Foundations of Education in the United States33
GenEd Breadth Course (U.S. Society)63
Select one of the following:3
History of Philadelphia 
African American History to 1865 
Colonial America 
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
EDUC 2109Adolescent Development for Educators3, 73
SPED 2231Introduction to Inclusive Education3, 73
Select one of the following:14
General Biology II 
Introduction to General Physics II 
Select one of the following:3
U.S. History to 1877 
U.S. History since 1877 
Select one of the following:3
Survey of American Literature I 
Survey of American Literature II 
African-American Literature II 
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 3
Fall
GenEd Breadth Course (Arts)3
MGRE 3109Cognitive Development in the Content Areas33
MGRE 3111Applications of Learning Theory to Middle Grades Education33
Select one of the following:3
World History Modern 
20th Century Europe: A Continent in Crisis 
Introduction to African History 
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to the Economy 
Global Economics Issues 
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
MGRE 3145Teaching and Learning Math in the Middle Grades43
MGRE 4108Teaching and Learning Science in the Middle Grades3
SPED 4109Educating Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Settings3
Select one of the following:3
African American History 1865-Present 
Recent American History 
U.S. Civil War 
Vietnam War 
Select one of the following:3
International Politics 
The American Political System 
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall
MGRE 3196Teaching and Learning Literacy in the Middle Grades [WI]3
MGRE 3296Cultures, Communities, and Families [WI]3
SPED 3187Integrated Literacy and Special Education Practicum3
EDUC 2306Assessment and Evaluation3
ENES 3338Foundations of Language Teaching: Teaching English Language Learners in Grades 4 to 1273
 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: 124
1

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

2

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

3

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

4

These four courses constitute the waiver for the GenEd Quantitative Literacy category when the GPA requirement is met.

5

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

6

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

7

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