Middle Grades Education / Science and 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).

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: Science and Language Arts Concentration students will pursue dual certification for 7-8th grades in the areas of Science and Language Arts; required number of credit hours is 126 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 Middle Grades Education concentration in Science 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 Instructional I Certification from Pennsylvania must also meet the requirements for Candidacy.

Suggested Academic Plan

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

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2019-2020 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
MATH 1021College Algebra1,34
BIOL 1011General Biology I (includes a lab)44
 Term Credit Hours15
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]13
GenEd Breadth Course (U.S. Society)53
GenEd Breadth Course (Arts)3-4
MATH 1022Precalculus1,34
Select one of the following:3-4
Introduction to Astronomy 
Introductory Geology 
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
MATH 1015Introduction to Numbers Figures34
CHEM 1021Introduction to Chemistry I3
CHEM 1023Introduction to Chemistry Laboratory I1
Select one of the following:3
Literacy and Society 
Creative Writing: Fiction 
Children's Literature and Folklore 
Young Adult Literature 
EDUC 2103Socio-cultural Foundations of Education in the United States13
 Term Credit Hours17
GenEd Breadth Course (Global/World Society)63
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Linguistics 
Introduction to Linguistics 
Fundamentals of Linguistic Anthropology 
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
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to British Writing 
Introduction to American Writing 
Introduction to Global Writing 
Select one of the following:3
U.S. History to 1877 
U.S. History since 1877 
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
 Term Credit Hours16
BIOL 1012General Biology II (includes a lab)44
MGRE 3145Teaching and Learning Math in the Middle Grades (SPRING ONLY)33
MGRE 3196Teaching and Learning Literacy in the Middle Grades [WI] (SPRING ONLY)3
MGRE 4108Teaching and Learning Science in the Middle Grades (SPRING ONLY)3
SPED 3187Integrated Literacy and Special Education Practicum3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 4
SPED 4109Educating Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Settings3
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
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to British Writing 
Introduction to American Writing 
Introduction to Global Writing 
 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