Graduate Profile
Juan Enriquez '01

Juan is an eighth grade teacher and graduate of the education program.

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Why Choose
Cedar Crest?
  • Personalized attention
  • Average class size <20
  • Women's leadership opportunities
  • Flexibility to add dual major, minor

Middle Level Education (4-8) Major

The Middle Level Education major will prepare you as a professional educator to meet the many challenges of the 21st century classroom, teaching grades 4-8. You will be instructed by a highly qualified faculty: All full-time and adjunct faculty members in the education department at Cedar Crest are certified teachers and have a minimum of 5 years of teaching experience in K-12 classrooms.

This program leads to Level I certification in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The teacher preparation program at Cedar Crest College is grounded in a strong liberal arts foundation that is aimed at providing our future teachers with a strong background in academic content-area knowledge.

As a prospective middle level teacher, you will select two content areas to study along with your major in middle level education. (Some other institutions offer programming that includes just one content area of study along with education. Our program will make you a more marketable candidate for future employment.) You will take required courses in these selected content areas along with your other education classes. Options include:

  • Social Studies and Math
  • Social Studies and Science
  • Science and Math
  • Science and Language Arts
  • Math and Language Arts

If you wish, you may pursue a dual certification in Middle Level Education and Special Education (PreK-8). Dual certification is an option that is designed to make the new graduate even more marketable as a teacher.

Program Highlights

  • The opportunity to participate in pre-teaching experiences in urban and suburban settings, beginning year one of your studies, including one experience in a special education setting.
  • Faculty members who provide a strong mentoring and support system, helping you select and schedule classes. Also, when you student-teach, your supervisor will go into the classroom with you and provide you with weekly feedback.
  • Guaranteed student-teaching placement in a local school district.
  • Our superior reputation in school districts in the Lehigh Valley means that students who graduate from Cedar Crest are considered strong candidates for future employment.