Middle Level (grades 4-8) Certification: General Science Concentration

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Bachelor's degree
Certificate Type: Post-Baccalaureate 
Number of Credits to Completion: 33.0
Instructional Delivery: Online, Campus
Calendar Type: Quarter
Expected Time to Completion: 2 years
Financial Aid Eligibility: Not aid eligible
Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 13.1399
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 11-9039

About the Program

This certification option enables to teachers to work with students in grades 4-8.

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 in how to effectively deliver standards-based academic science, math, social studies, and English Language Arts content based on age-appropriate understanding, individual, and group needs; (2) courses devoted to teaching; age-appropriate; reading skills, and how to teach and assess writing effectively.

Admission Requirements

The candidate will complete the following application procedures:

The 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 544Inclusive Practices3.0
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

Candidates seeking Middle Level certification with a concentration in Science will be required to complete their student teaching placement in an approved Science classroom. 

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
EDUC 5203.0EDEX 5443.0EDUC 5653.0EDUC 5641.5
EDEX 5423.0EDUC 5073.0EDEX 5683.0EDUC 5671.5
   MTED 5631.5
 6 6 6 4.5
Second Year
EDUC 5621.5EDUC 5223.0  
EDUC 5403.0EDLT 5253.0  
 4.5 6  
Total Credits 33
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