Middle Level (grades 4-8) Certification

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admissions Requirements: Bachelor's degree
Certificate Type: Post-Baccalaureate 
Number of Credits to Completion: 33.0
Instructional Delivery: Online; Face-to-Face
Calendar Type: Quarter
Expected Time to Completion: 2 years
Financial Aid Eligibility: Aid eligible

Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 13.1399
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 11-9039

About the Program

This certificate program is designed for individuals who hold a bachelor's degree and who seek to qualify for Pennsylvania teacher certification at the middle level (grades 4-8). The curriculum is designed for those changing careers as well as those who already serve as temporary, emergency, or substitute teachers and wish to earn a formal teaching credential. Students completing the certification program have the option to continue coursework to earn an MS in Teaching, Learning & Curriculum degree. All graduate credits earned in this certificate program may be applied toward the MS in Teaching, Learning & Curriculum degree. 

This program addresses the complexities of adolescent development through discussion of theories. It explores the middle school environment, developmentally appropriate middle school programs, strategies for supporting students through the transition to middle school, and the impact of peer pressure on the middle school child. The coursework in this program will prepare students for a Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate. For students intending to teach outside of Pennsylvania, through operation of interstate reciprocity agreements, a Pennsylvania teaching certificate may be converted to the analogous teaching certificate in another state. The School of Education recommends prospective students contact their state’s Department of Education to find out these transfer procedures before proceeding.

Program Learning Objectives

  • Professionalism: Upon completion of the program, the teacher candidate is able to: 
    • Make ethical, sound decisions based on Pennsylvania Professional Code of Conduct
    • Demonstrate leadership in the classroom, school community, and profession that is focused on positive and innovative change
    • Seek ongoing professional growth and development in the field to improve practice
    • Demonstrate a growth mindset and take responsibility for student learning and academic growth
    • Partner with parents in the education of their children
  • Diversity: Upon completion of the program, the teacher candidate is able to: 
    • Use culturally responsive pedagogy to create equitable learning experiences for all students 
    • Use critical self-reflection to understand one’s own identity in the context of a classroom of diverse learners 
    • Create an inclusive classroom environment with high expectations for all learners
  • Reflective Practice: Upon completion of the program, the teacher candidate is able to: 
    • Demonstrate the ability to self-reflect on their professional practice
    • Use data and classroom-based evidence to inform and improve professional practice
  • Pedagogical Content Knowledge: Upon completion of the program, the teacher candidate is able to: 
    • Demonstrate strong content knowledge in all subject areas that are developmentally appropriate and aligned with NAEYC standards and program outcomes 
    • Deliver effective developmentally informed instruction that is culturally and linguistically sensitive to the children in the class
    • Use appropriate means of ongoing assessment that is developmentally appropriate and sensitive to the unique capabilities of young children, and utilize assessment information to make appropriate modifications to the curriculum that will demonstrate children’s progress and ensure optimal learning opportunities for all children
    • Integrate tools of technology in teaching and learning that are appropriate for the developmental levels of children and that expand, enrich, implement, individualize, differentiate, and extend the overall curriculum.  
    • Construct well-written, research-based, developmentally appropriate lesson plans that reflect active teaching and learning
  • Classroom Climate: Upon completion of the program, the teacher candidate is able to: 
    • Create a safe, positive, and productive learning environment that supports and facilitates learning for all students
    • Build a sense of community in a collaborative climate based on developmentally appropriate prosocial skills where students work collaboratively and have a shared sense of ownership
  • Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Upon completion of the program, the teacher candidate is able to: 
    • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of child and/or adolescent development and the learning sciences.
    • Use differentiated instruction to meet the diverse learning needs of one’s students
    • Use developmentally informed teaching practices 

Pennsylvania Certification Area

Successful completion of Drexel University’s Pennsylvania Department of Education approved programs will allow candidates to pursue Pennsylvania Instructional I certification in the area of middle level (4-8) math, science, social studies, or English. Additional content area coursework (or equivalent) may be required and is determined by departmental review at the time of application.

Admission Requirements

The candidate will complete the following application procedures:

  • Candidate submits the Drexel application materials consisting of:
    • Completed application
    • Well-written essay to assess writing level/ability
    • Current resume
    • Two recommendation letters
    • Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended
  • Candidates are also required to follow Drexel’s procedure for obtaining the required state and federal clearances to engage in learning activities in schools.

Program Requirements

Middle Years (grades 4-8) Certification

EDEX 542Fundamentals of Special Education3.0
EDEX 544The Inclusive Classroom3.0
EDEX 568Literacy and Content Skill Development PK-123.0
EDLT 525Design for Learning with Digital Media3.0
EDUC 507Teaching the Middle School Child3.0
EDUC 520Professional Studies in Instruction (Middle )3.0
EDUC 522Evaluation of Instruction3.0
EDUC 540Field Experience3.0
EDUC 562Middle Years Social Studies Methods1.5
EDUC 564English/Language Arts Teaching Methods for the Middle Years1.5
EDUC 565Foundations in Instructing English Language Learners3.0
EDUC 567Middle Years Science Methods1.5
MTED 563Middle Years Mathematical Methods (4-8)1.5
Total Credits33.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
EDUC 5203.0EDEX 5443.0EDUC 5653.0EDUC 5223.0
EDEX 5423.0EDUC 5073.0EDEX 5683.0EDLT 5253.0
 6 6 6 6
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCredits  
EDUC 5641.5EDUC 5621.5  
MTED 5631.5EDUC 5671.5  
 EDUC 5403.0  
 3 6  
Total Credits 33
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