Education in the Middle Years: Fourth Through Eighth Grade AA

The Education in the Middle Years: Fourth Through Eighth Grade AA degree program prepares students for transfer to a four-year college in order to pursue a Pennsylvania Department of Education certification to teach in grades four through eight. Students will take several required education courses as well as general education courses. Prior to course selection, students meet with advisors to discuss transfer options to ensure that they select courses that are appropriate for their transfer institution.

Career Pathway

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • identify the roles, responsibilities, and characteristics of successful teachers.
  • determine his/her own motivations, desires, and interests pertaining to a teaching career in a middle school and explain why s/he has made the decision.
  • apply instructional strategies that effectively integrate technology use in the classroom.
  • identify the challenges that students from diverse communities and families may face and recognize the teacher’s role in supporting all students in the classroom.
  • apply instructional strategies and identify ways to differentiate instruction for students that have special learning, physical or language differences.


First Semester

ENG 101 English Composition I 3
EDU 213 Introduction to Special Education 3
EDU 100 Introduction to Education 3
Elective* Core Goal 3: Quantitative Skills 3
(15 Credit Hours)
Core Goal 6: Intellectual Heritage 3

Second Semester

EDU 120 Teaching with Technology 3
EDU 240 Teaching English Language Learners 3
Elective* Elective 3
PSY 204 Adolescent Psychology 3
(15 Credit Hours)
Elective 3

Third Semester

Elective* Elective 3
Elective* Elective 3
Elective* Elective 3
BIO 115 Environmental Psychology 3
(14-15 Credit Hours)
Core Goal 10: Exercise and Health Sciences 2-3

Fourth Semester

Elective* Core Goal 1b: Oral Communication Skills 3
Elective* Core Goal 7: Aesthetic Sensibility and the Arts 3
Elective* Core Goal 8: Physical and Life Sciences 3-4
Elective* Elective 3
(16-17 Credit Hours)
Elective 3


* See advisor for specific course information/recommendations based on concentration and transfer institution program requirements.

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