Middle Grades Education / Language Arts 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 are increasingly sought out and in high-demand in Pennsylvania as well as across the country.

The College of Education and Human Development 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: Language Arts Concentration students will pursue certification for 7-8th grades in the area of Language Arts.

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 qualifying Praxis score standards. 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 Language Arts 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

Major Requirements

EDUC 2103Socio-cultural Foundations of Education in the United States 13
EDUC 2109Adolescent Development for Educators 13
MGSE 2111Applications of Teaching and Learning Theories to Classroom Practice (grades 4-12)3
SPED 2231Introduction to Special Education 13
EDUC 2296Effective Teaching: Theory and Practice (WI)3
EDUC 2306Assessment and Evaluation3
SPED 3187Integrated Literacy and Special Education Practicum3
MGSE 3404Teaching and Learning Math in the Middle Grades3
MGSE 3405Teaching and Learning Science in the Middle Grades3
TESL 3631Principles and Practice for Teaching English Learners3
SPED 3211Effective Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities3
SPED 4103Classroom Management and Positive Behavior Support3
MGSE 3196Teaching and Learning Literacy in the Middle Grades (WI)3
MGSE 4296Cultures, Communities, and Families (WI)3
MGSE 4801Senior Seminar and Performance Assessment in Grades 4-12 Education3
MGSE 4888Student Teaching in Grades 4-129
Total Credit Hours54

Program Requirements for Middle Grades Education with Concentration in Language Arts

BIOL 1011General Biology I4
BIOL 1012General Biology II4
or PHYS 1022 Introduction to General Physics II
MATH 1015Introduction to Numbers & Figures 14
MATH 1021College Algebra 14
PHYS 1021Introduction to General Physics I4
MATH 1022Precalculus 14
HIST 1101U.S. History to 18773
or HIST 1102 U.S. History since 1877
CSCD 1108Introduction to Linguistics3
or ANTH 2507 Language and Culture
or ENG 2821 Introduction to Linguistics
ENG 2000 level course 1,23
ENG 2000 level course 1,23
ENG 2000 level course 1,23
ENG 2000 level course 1,23
ENG 2000+ course3
ENG 2000+ course3
Total Credit Hours48

Suggested Academic Plan

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

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2020-2021 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 and Human Development policy; students should check the current list of courses that require clearances on the College of Education and Human Development web site.)

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
BIOL 1011General Biology I14
MATH 1021College Algebra3,44
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]44
GenEd Breadth Course53
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]43
GenEd Breadth Course53
PHYS 1021Introduction to General Physics I14
MATH 1022Precalculus3,44
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Linguistics 
Language and Culture 
Introduction to Linguistics 
 Term Credit Hours17
Year 2
Fall
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]43
MATH 1015Introduction to Numbers & Figures3,44
EDUC 2103Socio-cultural Foundations of Education in the United States43
ENG 2000 level course4,63
GenEd Breadth Course53
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
EDUC 2109Adolescent Development for Educators2,43
SPED 2231Introduction to Special Education2,43
ENG 2000 level course4,63
ENG 2000 level course4,63
Select one of the following:14
General Biology II 
Introduction to General Physics II 
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 3
Fall
GenEd Breadth Course53
EDUC 2296Effective Teaching: Theory and Practice [WI]3
MGSE 2111Applications of Teaching and Learning Theories to Classroom Practice (grades 4-12)3
ENG 2000+ Course3
TESL 3631Principles and Practice for Teaching English Learners23
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
SPED 3187Integrated Literacy and Special Education Practicum3
MGSE 3404Teaching and Learning Math in the Middle Grades33
MGSE 3196Teaching and Learning Literacy in the Middle Grades [WI]3
MGSE 3405Teaching and Learning Science in the Middle Grades3
ENG 2000 level course4,63
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall
MGSE 4296Cultures, Communities, and Families [WI]3
SPED 3211Effective Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities3
EDUC 2306Assessment and Evaluation3
ENG 2000+ Course3
Select one of the following:3
U.S. History to 1877 
U.S. History since 1877 
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
MGSE 4888Student Teaching in Grades 4-129
MGSE 4801Senior Seminar and Performance Assessment in Grades 4-12 Education3
SPED 4103Classroom Management and Positive Behavior Support3
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 124