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Middle Level Education


Students in grades four through eight can be as different as night and day. They’re at various stages of physical, mental and emotional developmental, and yes, they are easily distracted. They are also full of wonder and excitement.

Become the middle school teacher who engages and captures the attention of students during these impressionable years. It all starts with a Middle Level Education degree from PennWest Edinboro.

PA school students require special education services

Wanted: Dual Degree Teachers To Help Every Child Succeed

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, more than a quarter million students in Pennsylvania public schools alone require special education services.

You can supplement your Middle Level Teacher's degree by adding a Special Education certification, which qualifies you to teach grades four through eight in your content area and grades Pre-K through eight in Special Education.

Why Edinboro Stands Out.

Since its founding in 1857, Edinboro has focused on teacher education. Our strong legacy translates to a philosophy of excellence and a commitment to developing future teachers who understand the professional, social and ethical responsibilities associated with being educators.

As a student, you'll have the opportunity to learn from faculty who are passionate about teaching, research and scholarship. Most have terminal degrees in their field as well as experience in the classroom. They will become your mentors as you learn how to create dynamic lessons and develop strong classroom management skills.

A variety of field experiences will further enhance your education.

You can also join a professional organization such as Council for Exceptional Children, Student Pennsylvania State Education Association, BOROeyc, the Kappa Delta Pi Honors Fraternity or the Middle Level and Secondary Education Club.

By the time you graduate, you'll be confident in your abilities and ready to take the Pennsylvania Certification Exams.

How Edinboro Supports You.

Our Middle Level Education program allows you to personalize your education by specializing in one content area or selecting a high-need area such as math and/or science plus a second content area. You can also select a content area and add a dual degree in Special Education.

All programs are aligned with the PA Common Core Standards.

Option 1

Complete a minimum of 30 credit hours in your concentration area and 12 credits in each of the other three academic areas.

Option 2

Complete a minimum of 21 credit hours in two content areas and 12 credits in each of the two remaining academic areas.

Special Education Dual Degree Offerings


Your Future

With your Middle Level Education degree from Edinboro, you're ready to join Edinboro alumni who are teaching across the country. But never stop learning.

Consider pursing a graduate degree in Teacher Leadership or Special Education or perhaps getting your PA Principal Certification at Edinboro University.

Questions About This Program?

Dr. Whitney Wesley
Department Chair
220 Butterfield Hall
Email: wwesley@pennwest.edu
Phone: 814-732-1591

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