Middle Level Education, 4-8

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Our Leading Teacher Program in Middle Grades Education (4-8) is designed to prepare you to be a leading teacher in upper elementary and middle-grade classrooms in Pennsylvania and in many states. This certification will prepare you to teach all subject areas in Grades 4-6 and to select one of three options for concentration: (1) English/Language Arts in Grades 7-8; (2) Mathematics in Grades 7-8; or (3) a dual concentration with certification in Mathematics (Grades 7-8) and English/Language Arts in Grades 7-8; (4) Science in Grades 7-8.

Our Bachelor of Science in Education in Middle Grades Education programs range from 128-137 credits that consist of courses and experiences organized into three major areas of study: University Core/General Education, Foundations of Education and Professional Preparation. During the first two years of the study, you will focus on completing the General Education and Foundation courses and gain experience in the classroom. 

You can further your impact in the classroom and meet the needs of diverse learners through earning dual certification in middle level education and special education with our Leading Teacher Dual Certification program - Dual Certification: Special Education with Content Area Certification.

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Field Experience and Student Teaching

As a student, you will have many hands-on opportunities to expand your horizons in various learning environments, field placements and unique student teaching opportunities. Toward the end of your studies, you will get the opportunity to student teach in an urban, suburban or rural school. You will also have the option to experience a part of your student teaching abroad.  Explore our culture immersion experiences.

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Our Leading Teacher Program in Middle Grades Education (4-8) is designed to prepare you to be a leading teacher in upper elementary and middle-grade classrooms in Pennsylvania and in many states.

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Instruction and Leadership in Education



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Earn Dual Certification in Middle Level and Special Education

Dual Certification: Special Education with Content Area Certification

Become certified in both middle level and special education in Pennsylvania. Meet the diverse educational needs of middle level education students in multiple school settings including students with disabilities, challenging behavior and social and emotional needs.

5-Year Early Start Graduate Education Programs

Our graduate programs offer early start options for School of Education undergraduate students, as well as all undergraduate students across the University. During your junior or senior year, you have the opportunity to take up to five courses in a master's-level program at the undergraduate tuition rate. 

School of Education undergrad students can start graduate studies in:

Undergrad students across the University can start graduate studies in:

The School of Education offers early start options for students who have demonstrated a strong academic background (GPA > 3.0) to begin graduate work during their undergraduate time at Duquesne University.

Other undergraduate students across the University who are in good academic standing (GPA >3.0) and are interested in pursuing or exploring an education degree and/or a teaching certification can begin to take courses as juniors or seniors in our graduate teacher education programs.

We welcome you to connect with us to learn more and we will walk you through the application process. To get started, call (412) 396-6093.

A Student Perspective

Photo of B.S.Ed. Middle School undergraduate student Lila Scheer smiling at desk with laptop and learning tens blocks in from of her and info posters behind her

I want to teach Middle Level students because this is a crucial age for the development of these students, and this age group needs dedicated teachers who not only are about their academics but also can be advocates for their students.

Lila Scheer B.S.Ed. Middle Level student

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Learn from experienced faculty, in a highly accredited program

Our Middle Level Education program is guided by Pennsylvania's state standards and by standards of national professional organizations and is taught by highly experienced faculty. It's recognized by the national Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The Middle Grades Education Program was re-affirmed in a major review by the Pennsylvania Department of Education in 2017.

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Attend our School of Education Representative Meeting to learn about our teaching degree program and explore our Curriculum Center. You can also observe our collaborative learning environment first-hand by visiting our “Fundamentals of Classroom Assessment” course taught by Dr. Amy Olson.


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