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

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Teach the developing mind.

The Leading Teacher Program in Middle Level Education (4-8) is designed to prepare you for upper elementary and middle grade classrooms In Pennsylvania and in many other states. Upon successful completion of the requirements for this degree, you will earn a certification in Middle Level Education. This certification will prepare you to teach all subject areas in Grades 4-6 and English/Language Arts/Reading in Grades 7-8.

Gain diverse classroom and field experience

This 134-­­credit program consists of courses and experiences organized into three major areas of study: General Education, Foundations of Education, and Professional Preparation. Distributed within these credits are 30 credits in English/Language Arts/Reading; 12 credits in Science; 12 credits in Mathematics; and 12 credits in Social Studies. The faculty work with you to address professional standards in each of the curriculum areas through course projects and implementation of the standards in fieldwork. 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 in Italy, Ireland, or England for eight weeks in an English-speaking classroom. Along with gaining experience in the classroom, starting in your Junior year, qualified students may begin graduate course work through our 5 year early start programs.

Learn from experienced faculty, in a highly accredited program

The Middle Level Education program is guided by Pennsylvania's state standards and by standards of national professional organizations. In 2006, this Leading Teacher Program earned national accreditation from the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI), which intersects with the Middle Level program in Grades 4-6.

Find help financing your education

Financial assistance in the form of aid, scholarships, and tuition awards are available. Duquesne recognizes the important roles that teachers play in our society. We are responding in a manner to ensure that we have teachers in the future. Freshman and Transfer students accepted to our School of Education will receive a 50% tuition scholarship. These scholarships are renewable for four years of undergraduate study as long as the student remains enrolled full-time in the School of Education. Students will be eligible for additional funds if they live on-campus and/or have SAT scores (Math and Evidence Based Reading and Writing) of 1250 or greater. The Leading Teacher Program is committed to ensuring that the best- prepared teachers are available for the classrooms of the future. For more information, please visit the university's financial aid page.