B.S.Ed. Middle Level Education, 4-8

Become the Teacher You Were Meant to Be 

The 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.

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A horizon-expanding education

Gain diverse classroom and field experience

The 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.

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. As a partner university, Duquesne University students have the opportunity to be placed by IU Global Gateway in an overseas student teaching experience in one of 18 countries. Participating countries include, but are not limited to, Australia, Costa Rica, England, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Spain and Tanzania. 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.

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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 and is taught by highly experienced faculty. The Middle Level program is 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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A great education, a great value

DU is rated the #6 best value in PA and #65 nationally based on academic quality and net cost (U.S. News & World Report). Financial assistance in the form of aid, scholarships and tuition awards are available. Duquesne recognizes the important roles that teachers play in our society. Students will be eligible for additional funds if they 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.

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