Middle Level Education - Major

For information, contact Professor Nancy King, nlking@cedarcrest.edu, 610-606-4666, ext. 3616

The Middle Level Education major prepares professional educator to meet the many challenges of the 21st century grades 4-8 classroom. Prospective middle level teachers (grades 4 - 8) should select two content areas and major in Middle Level Education. Middle level teacher candidates will take required courses in the selected content areas. Prospective teachers may also pursue a dual certification in Middle Level/Special Education

Acceptance into the College does not constitute acceptance as a declared education major. All teacher certification candidates must meet the Pennsylvania Department of Education Chapter 354 Requirements as well as the liberal arts requirements of Cedar Crest College.

Mission Statement of the Education Program

The Cedar Crest College Education Department is committed to the preparation of teachers who have a strong foundation of content knowledge, research-based pedagogy, classroom management and assessment and use this knowledge to plan and implement effective instruction that provides meaningful learning experiences for all students in grades PreK-12, including those students with special needs and diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Our graduates will be advocates for children and will strive to ensure that all children achieve to high academic standards and develop as adults who contribute to society in meaningful ways. To this end, the Department establishes and maintains strong partnerships with local school districts and fosters the development of teachers who are reflective practitioners, instructional leaders, and role models for students in the schools and in the community. The work of the Education Department is grounded in the premise that education provides the foundation for women’s leadership, civic engagement, and global connectivity.

Admissions Credentials-Teacher Certification

The Pennsylvania Department of Education Chapter 354 regulation requires that all candidates for teacher certification have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 for acceptance into the program. Teacher candidates seeking Middle Level teacher certification must have a 3.0 GPA in their content concentration course work. In order to be considered for a statement of advanced standing, the teacher candidate must submit official transcripts from all colleges attended previous to Cedar Crest College.

Prospective teachers are required to take six credits of college course work in mathematics; three credits in English composition; and three credits in American or British literature and earn a grade of C or higher in these courses. Prior to full acceptance into the teacher certification program and declaration of the major, the student must earn a grade of B or higher in all education courses and pass the Pre-Service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) tests-Reading, Writing and Math.

Courses Required for the Middle Level Education Major (Grades 4-8)

Required Education Courses to be taken in the following order:
EDU-100 Perspectives on Middle Level and Secondary Education (prerequisite for all other education courses) 3 credits

EDU-102 Educational Psychology 3 credits 

EDU-151 Field Experience I 1 credit

EDU-207 Technology for Educators 3 credits

EDU-212 Literacy II Middle Level 3 credits

EDU-215 Middle Level and Secondary Field Experience II (co-requisite EDU-212) 1 credit

EDU-303 Curriculum, Assessment and Learning Experiences in the Middle Level Classroom 3 credits (prerequisite EDU-212) 

EDU-322 Middle Level Field Experience III (co-requisite EDU-303) 1 credit

EDU-351 Assessment I (prerequisite EDU-102) 3 credits

EDU-359 Teaching the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Student 3 credits

SPE-243 The Exceptional Child 3 credits

SPE-245 Field Experience IV (co-requisite SPE-243) 1 credit

SPE-320 Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities (prerequisite SPE 243) 3 credits

SPE-344 Adaptations, Modifications, and Assistive Technology for the Exceptional Child 3 credits

** In addition students must complete the required courses in two content areas as listed on the Middle Level Content Checklist. Contact the Education Department for details.

EDU-371 Student Teaching Middle Level Grades 4-8 9 credits
(prerequisite: complete all required education courses with a grade of B or higher and content area/major courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher)
EDU-374 Professional Seminar (must be taken with EDU-371) 3 credits

Other Required Courses:
PSY 250 Lifespan Development (prerequisite PSY-100)
Mathematics (6 credits, courses appropriate to major)
Math (6 credits)
English (6 credits)
WRI-100
Any American or British Literature course
Science (6 or 7 credits, appropriate to major) one course must have a lab
U.S. History 3 credits
Ethical Life (3cr. Course + community service)
AND any other LAC requirements not fulfilled by program requirements

46 credits plus content area and LAC checklist total

Please Note:
*Students may not be enrolled in any other course(s) during the student teaching semester.

Education Department Outcomes

  1. Teacher candidates will demonstrate the knowledge of content and plan effective standards-based instruction that reflects research-based pedagogy and incorporates knowledge of best practices while addressing the needs of all learners.
  2. Teacher candidates will create motivating and safe learning environments that are accessible to all learners while encouraging positive social interaction, self-management, and active learning.
  3. Teacher candidates will employ a variety of instructional strategies and technologies to promote students' critical thinking and problem solving skills and differentiate instructional delivery to meet the needs of all learners
  4. Teacher candidates will demonstrate a high level of professional conduct and a responsive and collaborative attitude when interacting with peers, professors, students, mentor teachers, and the community.

Special Education PreK - 8 Certification

Courses Required for Level I Certification in Special Education PreK - 8 Add On Certification

Requirements for students who are Early Childhood Education Majors or who are working on or hold Level I or II Elementary or Early Childhood Education Certification. Special Education Certification as an undergraduate requires Dual Certification with Early Childhood Education.

Pre-requisites:
SPE-243 The Exceptional Child 3 credits
SPE-245 Field Experience IV 1 credit
SPE-320 Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities 3 credits
SPE-344 Adaptations, Modifications and Assistive Technology for the Exceptional Child (Prerequisite SPE-243) 3 credits

Certification Courses:
SPE- 250 Subject Area Content Access for Students with Learning Disabilities (Prerequisite SPE 243) 3 credits
SPE-310 Intensive reading, Writing, and Mathematics Development and Intervention Approaches (Prerequisite SPE-243)
SPE-315 Teaching Students with Pervasive Developmental Disorders 3 credits
SPE-333 Screening, Assessment, and IEP Development for Teachers 3 credits
SPE-346 Collaborative Partnerships in Inclusive Settings 3 credits
SPE-347 Classroom Management for Teaching Students with Behavioral Disabilities 3 credits
SPE-348 Teaching Students with Low Incidence Disabilities 3 credits
EDU-359 Teaching the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students 3 credits
SPE-375 Practicum in Special Education 3 credits

Students must complete the certification requirements for Early Childhood Education certification (PreK-4) or Middle Level Education (4-8) certification to be eligible for Special Education PreK-8 certification. Students seeking certification in Special Education will be required to take a second specialty test: The Special Ed (PreK-8) test through PECT. The module numbers of the test that are required are 8011 and 8012.