Teaching grades four through eight

Begin your pursuit of a middle school teaching certificate with Montco's Education in the Middle Years: Fourth Through Eighth Grade Associate's degree program.

Satisfy your education and general education course requirements at Montco and save money in the process. Upon graduating with your Associate of Arts degree, transfer your earned credits to a four-year institution. Our academic advisors will work with you to help ensure that your classes align with your transfer school’s requirements.

Program outcomes
  • 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.
Clearances for Education Courses

In order for you to participate in certain education courses and to observe classrooms, tutor students, etc., you will need to have background checks done. So that you have your clearances when classes begin, you should apply early for these screenings.


Program Curriculum

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General Education Requirements

Course ID Title Credits
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
Elective Diversity Elective** 3
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
Electives Quantitative Reasoning Electives (choose two - student may not take ACC 110 to fulfill this requirement)* 6 - 8
CMS 110 or CMS 120 Speech Communication or Public Speaking 3
Elective Aesthetic Sensibility Elective 3
Elective Scientific Reasoning Elective 4

Major Requirements

Course ID Title Credits
EDU 100 Introduction to Education*** 3
EDU 120 Teaching with Technology in Middle Years and Secondary Education 3
EDU 213 Working with Children with Special Needs 3
EDU 240 Teaching English Language Learners 3
PSY 204 Adolescent Psychology 3
PSY 210 Educational Psychology 3

Electives

Course ID Title Credits
Electives* Electives* 15

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Full-time sample course schedule

Semester 1

Course ID Title Credits
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
EDU 213 Working with Children with Special Needs 3
EDU 100 Introduction to Education* 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
Elective Cultural Awareness & Diversity Elective** 3

Semester 2

Course ID Title Credits
EDU 120 Teaching with Technology in Middle Years and Secondary Education 3
EDU 240 Teaching English Language Learners 3
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
PSY 204 Adolescent Psychology 3
MAT Elective Any Quantitative Reasoning Elective (excluding ACC 110)*** 3-4

Semester 3

Course ID Title Credits
PSY 210 Educational Psychology 3
MAT Elective Any Quantitative Reasoning Elective (excluding ACC 110)*** 3-4
CMS 110 or CMS 120 Introduction to Speech Communication or Public Speaking 3
Elective Open Elective*** 3
Elective Open Elective*** 3

Semester 4

Course ID Title Credits
Elective Any Aesthetic Sensibility Elective*** 3
Elective Any Scientific Reasoning Elective*** 4
Elective Open Elective*** 3
Elective Open Elective*** 3
Elective Open Elective*** 3

Part-time sample course schedule

Semester 1

Course ID Title Credits
EDU 100 Introduction to Education* 3
MAT Elective Any Quantitative Reasoning Elective (excluding ACC 110)*** 3-4

Semester 2

Course ID Title Credits
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
EDU 213 Working with Children with Special Needs 3

Semester 3

Course ID Title Credits
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
Elective Cultural Awareness & Diversity Elective** 3

Semester 4

Course ID Title Credits
EDU 120 Teaching with Technology in Middle Years and Secondary Education 3
EDU 240 Teaching English Language Learners 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3

Semester 5

Course ID Title Credits
MAT Elective Any Quantitative Reasoning Elective (excluding ACC 110)*** 3-4
PSY 204 Adolescent Psychology 3
Elective Open Elective*** 3

Semester 6

Course ID Title Credits
PSY 210 Educational Psychology 3
CMS 110 or CMS 120 Introduction to Speech Communication or Public Speaking 3

Semester 7

Course ID Title Credits
Elective Any Aesthetic Sensibility Elective*** 3
Elective Open Elective*** 3

Semester 8

Course ID Title Credits
Elective Any Scientific Reasoning Elective*** 3
Elective Open Elective*** 3

Semester 9

Course ID Title Credits
Elective Open Elective*** 3
Elective Open Elective*** 3

*Elective should be chosen based on concentration (s) and transfer institution.

**Elective should be chosen based on concentration (s) and transfer institution. One of HIS-203, HIS-205, GEO-110 or GEO-130 is recommended.

***Check for Required Clearances for Credit Education Courses