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2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Middle Level Education/Special Education, B.S.


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The Middle Level/Special Education program provides enrolled students with the knowledge, skills, and experience to be an effective educator of students in both general and special education settings. Middle Level/Special Education students concentrate in one of four areas: English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, or Social Studies. Middle Level/Special  Education students may also choose to complete a double concentration in the following areas: Mathematics/Science, Mathematics/Social Studies, Mathematics/English, Science/Social Studies, or Science/English. Beyond content understanding and pedagogical knowledges, courses in the Middle Level/Special Education program are designed to facilitate an understanding and appreciation of individual learner differences so enrolled students can best support the development and academic achievement of learners with disabilities in special education settings, both separate and inclusive. Students enrolled in the Middle Level/Special Education program become transformative classroom teachers able to support diverse populations of learners in general education classrooms grades Prekindergarten through 4 and special education classrooms grades Prekindergarten through 12.

Degree Requirements

Institutional Degree Requirements  

Program-Specific Degree Requirements: To be eligible for graduation, students majoring in Middle Level/Special Education must complete a minimum of 131 credits. Students majoring in Middle Level/Special Education must achieve a 3.0 or higher in each of the following six courses: FCO 105 EDU 260 MLE 201  or SPE 201 SE 220 , and either MAT 115  and MAT 150  (required for all concentration majors except for MLE Math/Science double concentration majors) or MAT 150  and MAT 171  (required for MLE Math/Science double concentration majors) and demonstrate satisfactory progress on identified professional and personal dispositions. Students majoring in Middle Level/Special Education must achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher in order to be determined eligible for PreProfessional Educator Status and in order to enter the Professional Semester and to obtain Pennsylvania teacher certification.

Students seeking certification in Middle Level/Special Education are required to have a minimum of 190 hours of Field Experience prior to the Professional Semester and must meet specific requirements as determined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

General Education Requirement


First Year Seminar


Foundations Requirements


Communication course:


Advanced Communication course:


Quantitative Fluency course:


American Citizenship course:


Global Citizenship course:


Disciplinary Perspectives Requirement


Arts course:


Social and Behavioral Sciences course:


Natural and Physical Sciences course:


Constellation Requirement


The Constellation requirement is met when a student completes four courses from a minimum of three disciplines within the Constellation requirements. Students who transfer in 60 credits or more at the time of admission to the college will be waived from the Constellation requirement, except for Education majors. Education majors are required to complete the Transformation: Children, the Family, and Development across the Lifespan Constellation as part of their General Education requirements.

Required Courses


A grade of 2.0 is required in all the courses listed below:

Concentration Area


Students must select one of the following concentration areas to complete:

English/Language Arts


Social Studies


Professional Semester


Students are required to have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 before admittance into the Professional Semester.

Single Concentration Specialist Suggested Course Sequence


Freshman Year


Sophomore Year


Junior Year


Senior Year


Double Concentration Specialist Suggested Course Sequence


Freshman Year


Sophomore Year


Fall Semester (17-18 credits)


Junior Year


Fall Semester (18 credits)


Senior Year


Fall Semester (15-18 credits)


Spring Semester (13 credits)


5th Year (12 credits)


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