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M.S. Ed. Middle Level (4-8) Education

The Leading Teacher Program (LTP) in Middle Level (4-8) Education is designed to prepare leading teachers for upper elementary and middle grade classrooms in the nation’s schools. Teacher candidates who successfully complete the requirements for this degree will earn certification in Middle Level Education. Graduates of this program are considered "highly qualified" to teach all subject areas in Grades 4, 5, and 6. With the focus of Duquesne's program on English/Language Arts/Reading, graduates are also considered "highly qualified" to teach English/Language Arts/Reading in Grades 7 and 8. Throughout the program, teacher candidates have the opportunity to develop professional and personal competence by participating in experiences that are both theoretical and applied in local, national and international settings. All teacher candidates complete a set of core experiences in teaching methodology and participate in guided fieldwork.

The program is guided by Pennsylvania state standards and by standards of national professional organizations. In 2006, the LTP in Elementary Education program earned national accreditation from the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI), which intersects with the Middle Level program in Grades 4-6. Teacher candidates address professional standards in each of the curriculum areas through course projects and implement the standards in their fieldwork. All of the experiences in the Grades 4-8 (Middle Level) Education program reflect the themes of leadership, diversity and technology and are based on the five domains of the Leading Teacher Program.

For those students enrolling in the MSED Middle Level Program, a 25% discount is being offered. Please visit the University Graduate Admissions website for additional information.

Application Requirements

Graduates with a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college, university or seminary will be considered for the admission to graduate study in the School of Education by complying with the details outlined. General admission is based on an applicant's previous academic record as shown by official transcripts of all previous study. The transcript must reflect:
(1) a minimum overall 3.00 GPA (grade point average) or
(2) a minimum 3.00 GPA on the most recent 48 credits or
(3) a minimum overall 2.80 GPA with passing scores on the tests established by the Pennsylvania department of Education. (The required tests for the new Middle Level program will be released by the Department of Education in April, 2012).

Candidates are admitted to the Master's Degree Program for the Leading Teacher Program in Middle Level through the Graduate Admissions and Advisement Office. After the initial review is completed by the Graduate Admissions office, the applicant is required to meet with the Program Advisor to review the official transcript for the additional state requirements and to review the overall program guidelines.

In addition, to the above degree and GPA requirements, candidates must meet the following state requirements for academic preparation for teachers prior to student teaching.

Prior to the first semester of study:
(1) Obtain the following clearances: Act 33-Child Abuse History, Act 34- Criminal Record Check, Act 114-FBI Clearances and Tuberculin Test.

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Current Student Resources
If you are a current M.S. Ed. Middle Level Education student, you can find resources, such as forms and certification requirments, here.