The Middle Level program provides students with the knowledge, skills, experience and disposition to be an effective educator of students in grades 4-8. Middle Level majors can choose to specialize in either one or two concentration areas. Single concentration specialists will have the opportunity to specialize in one of four concentration areas: English/Language Arts, Math, Science, or Social Studies. Double concentration specialists will have the opportunity to specialize in two content areas as allowed by PDE: Math/Science, Math/Social Studies, Math/English, Science/Social Studies, or Science/English. The required professional preparation courses, in conjunction with valuable field experiences, will enable you to meet the many challenges faced by middle level teachers, including the ability to empower students with the requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes to become lifelong learners. As well, the Department seeks to educate future teachers who are committed to their own lifelong learning. The Middle Level Education program prepares students for licensure in grades 4-8, in specified content areas.
Requirements for Graduation:
To be eligible for graduation, students majoring in Middle Level Education must complete a minimum of 120 credits, achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher, satisfy the College’s residency requirements, and complete the General Education Requirements of the College. A minimum grade of 2.0 is required for First Year Seminar and all courses taken as part of Foundations. Courses used to complete the General Education Requirements may not be taken on a pass/fail basis. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required to student teach and to obtain Pennsylvania teaching certification.
The General Education Requirements of the college require students to successfully complete First Year Seminar, Foundations, Disciplinary Perspectives, and a Constellation. Students who enter the college with 30 credit hours completed will not take a First Year Seminar course and therefore must take an additional 3 credits for graduation. Transfer students that are awarded 60 or more credits upon acceptance to York College will not be required to complete a Constellation. However, all Education majors are required to take courses found in the Children and Family Constellation as part of their teaching certification requirements. For Middle Level Education majors, these include PSY221 or PSY223, SPE200, and SPE301 or an approved transfer course meeting these course competencies.
In addition, students majoring in Middle Level Education must achieve a grade of 3.0 or higher in SE210, SE220, FCO105, EDU200, MAT115 or MAT171, and MAT150. Students seeking certification in Middle Level Education will be required to have a minimum of 190 hours of Field Experience prior to the Student Teaching Semester and meet specific Certification Requirements listed in the Department of Education.
General Education Requirement
Disciplinary Perspectives Requirement
The Constellation requirement is met when a student completes four courses from a minimum of three disciplines within the Constellation requirements. Transfer students that are awarded 60 or more credits upon acceptance to York College will not be required to complete a Constellation except for Education majors.
All education majors are required to declare the Children and Family constellation as part of their General Education requirements. This constellation provides coursework in areas that relate directly to the field of education such as child development, literacy development and English language learners. The content in these specific courses includes competencies required to earn a Pennsylvania Teaching Certification. For single concentration specialists, the courses include PSY 221 or PSY 223 , SPE 200 , SPE 301 and a choice from the list of courses within this particular constellation. For double concentration specialists, the courses include PSY 221 or PSY 223 , SPE 200 , SPE 301 , and EDU 225 .
Required Major Courses:
A grade of 2.0 is required in all the courses listed below.
Pre-Professional Education Coursework
Professional Preparation Courses
Must attain PPES status to complete. PPES requirements, click here.
Students must select one of the following concentration areas to complete:
Mathematics and English/Language Arts
Mathematics and Social Studies
Science and English/Language Arts
Science and Social Studies
Education Electives (4 credits)
Single concentration specialists select four credits of electives from ECH, EDU, MLE, SE or SPE. Double concentration specialists are not required to complete education electives.
Student Teaching Semester
Students are required to have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 before admittance into the Student Teaching Semester.
Elective courses (6 credits)
Single concentration specialists may choose any 6 credits of elective courses. Double concentration specialist students will choose electives within their concentration areas.
Single Concentration Specialist Suggested Course Sequence:
Freshman Year (30 credits)
Sophomore Year (33 credits)
Double Concentration Specialist Suggested Course Sequence:
Freshman Year (30 credits)
Sophomore Year (31-35 credits)
Junior Year (33-34 credits)
Senior Year (27-30 credits)