Elementary Education: Middle Level Science and English

Major: Elementary Education
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 180.0
Co-op Options: One Co-op (Four years)
Classification of Instructional (CIP) code: 13.1202
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 25-2022

About the Concentration

This certification option within the BS in Elementary Education enables to teachers to work with students in grades 4-6 across subjects, and with students in grades 7-8 in the core academic subjects of science and English.

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.

In addition, this certification area provides: (1) training and methodology for teaching physical and life sciences (including using an inquiry-based model of learning, developing authentic assessments, drawing upon a variety of tools, creating and maintaining a safe laboratory) as well as other skills necessary to meet the needs of diverse learners in science education; (2) courses devoted to teaching age-appropriate reading skills, how to teach and assess writing effectively, as well as a specialized course in the genre of young adult fiction.

Additional Information

For more information about the program, visit the School of Education website.

Degree Requirements 

General Education/Content Requirements
ARTH 101History of Art I: Ancient to Medieval3.0
BIO 161General Biology I3.0
BIO 162General Biology II3.0
CHEM 111General Chemistry I4.0
COM 111Principles of Communication3.0
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
ENGL 304Young Adult Fiction3.0
ENVS 260Environmental Science and Society3.0
Select one of the following4.0
United States History to 1815
United States History, 1815-1900
United States History since 1900
HIST 275History of Pennsylvania3.0
LING 101Introduction to Linguistics3.0
MATH 181Mathematical Analysis I3.0
MATH 182Mathematical Analysis II3.0
MATH 183Mathematical Analysis III3.0
MUSC 130Introduction to Music3.0
NFS 100Nutrition, Foods, and Health2.0
NFS 101Introduction to Nutrition & Food1.0
PHYS 151Applied Physics3.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
PSY 320 [WI] Educational Psychology3.0
PSY 330Cognitive Psychology3.0
SOC 335Sociology of Education 3.0
UNIV T101The Drexel Experience2.0
Free electives21.0
Pedagogy Requirements
EDEX 142Special Education Foundations: Referral and Assessment3.0
EDEX 244Inclusionary Practices for Exceptional Students3.0
EDEX 246 [WI] Literacy and Content Skill Development PreK-83.0
EDUC 101Foundations in Education I: A Historical and Philosophical Perspective3.0
EDUC 105Freshman Pedagogy Seminar3.0
EDUC 123Adolescent Development3.0
EDUC 205Sophomore Pedagogy Seminar1.0
EDUC 216Diversity and Today's Teacher3.0
EDUC 223Teaching the Middle School Child3.0
EDUC 256Teaching Writing Grades 4-83.0
EDUC 257Content Area Reading (Grades 4-8)3.0
EDUC 265Instructing English Language Learners3.0
EDUC 284Teaching Life Science in the Middle School3.0
EDUC 285Teaching Physical Science in the Middle School3.0
EDUC 286Teaching Earth & Space Science for Middle School3.0
EDUC 292Science Methods for Middle School3.0
EDUC 305 [WI] Junior Pedagogy Seminar1.0
EDUC 306Assessment of Young Children I3.0
EDUC 307Assessment of Young Children II4.0
EDUC 310Computer Applications in Teaching3.0
EDUC 318Math Methods & Content: Elementary3.0
EDUC 324Current Research in Curriculum & Instruction3.0
EDUC 325Multimedia in Instructional Design3.0
EDUC 328Language Arts Processes 4-83.0
EDUC 355Social Studies Teaching Methods3.0
EDUC 405Senior Pedagogy Seminar1.0
Student Teaching Experience
EDUC 410 [WI] Student Teaching9.0
Total Credits180.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Center. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.


Middle Level Science and English: Plan of Study

 

4 YR UG Co-op Concentration

Term 1Credits
BIO 161General Biology I3.0
EDUC 101Foundations in Education I: A Historical and Philosophical Perspective3.0
EDUC 105Freshman Pedagogy Seminar1.0
EDUC 123Adolescent Development3.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
MATH 181Mathematical Analysis I3.0
UNIV T101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 2
COM 111Principles of Communication3.0
EDUC 105Freshman Pedagogy Seminar1.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
MATH 182Mathematical Analysis II3.0
MUSC 130Introduction to Music3.0
UNIV T101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 3
EDEX 142Special Education Foundations: Referral and Assessment3.0
EDUC 105Freshman Pedagogy Seminar1.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
LING 101Introduction to Linguistics3.0
MATH 183Mathematical Analysis III3.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 4
BIO 162General Biology II3.0
EDEX 244Inclusionary Practices for Exceptional Students3.0
EDUC 205Sophomore Pedagogy Seminar1.0
EDUC 223Teaching the Middle School Child3.0
HIST 275History of Pennsylvania3.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 5
EDUC 265Instructing English Language Learners3.0
EDUC 284Teaching Life Science in the Middle School3.0
EDUC 285Teaching Physical Science in the Middle School3.0
EDUC 328Language Arts Processes 4-83.0
PHYS 151Applied Physics3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 6
EDEX 246 [WI] Literacy and Content Skill Development PreK-83.0
EDUC 216Diversity and Today's Teacher3.0
EDUC 257Content Area Reading (Grades 4-8)3.0
ENGL 304Young Adult Fiction3.0
Free Elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 7
CHEM 111General Chemistry I4.0
EDUC 305 [WI] Junior Pedagogy Seminar1.0
EDUC 324Current Research in Curriculum Instruction3.0
EDUC 325Multimedia in Instructional Design3.0
PSY 320 [WI] Educational Psychology3.0
SOC 335Sociology of Education 3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 8
EDUC 256Teaching Writing Grades 4-83.0
EDUC 306Assessment of Young Children I3.0
EDUC 318Math Methods Content: Elementary3.0
EDUC 355Social Studies Teaching Methods3.0
ENVS 260Environmental Science and Society3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 9
EDUC 286Teaching Earth Space Science for Middle School3.0
EDUC 307Assessment of Young Children II4.0
EDUC 310Computer Applications in Teaching3.0
Free Elective3.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 10
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
EDUC 292Science Methods for Middle School3.0
PSY 330Cognitive Psychology3.0
Free Elective6.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 11
EDUC 405Senior Pedagogy Seminar1.0
EDUC 410 [WI] Student Teaching9.0
Free Elective3.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 12
ARTH 101History of Art I: Ancient to Medieval3.0
NFS 100Nutrition, Foods, and Health2.0
NFS 101Introduction to Nutrition Food1.0
Select one of the following:4.0
United States History to 1815 
United States History, 1815-1900 
United States History since 1900 
Free Elective 6.0
 Term Credits16.0
Total Credit: 180.0

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