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Middle Level Education Requirements

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Course descriptions are listed at the bottom of this page. All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted, and may be taken in any order:

Core Education
ED 569 Teaching Diverse Learners Using Inclusive Classroom Practices

Core Knowledge Courses (9 credits required – Choose three of the following outside your concentration area):

EDML 5002 Mathematics in Middle Level Education
EDML 5003 Science in Middle Level Education
EDML 5004 Literacy & Language in Middle Level Education
EDML 5005 Social Studies in Middle Level Education

Professional Practice Courses (9 credits required)
EDML 5001 Teaching Adolescent Learners at the Middle Level
EDML 5007 Development of the Adolescent Learner at the Middle Level
EDML 5009 Internship in Middle Level Education (Taken in final semester; special permission required)

Academic Subject Concentration – Select one concentration (15 credits required)

  • Middle Level Mathematics Concentration
    • EDML 5010 Number Theory in Middle Level Education
      EDML 5011 Measurement Concepts in ML Education
      EDML 5012 Data Analysis, Probability, and Statistics in ML Education
      EDML 5013 Algebraic Concepts in ML Education
      EDML 5014 Geometry Essentials in ML Education
       
  • Middle Level Science Concentration
    • EDML 5020 Scientific Inquiry and Literacy in Middle Level Science
      EDML 5022 Life Sciences in Middle Level Education
      EDML 5023 Physical Sciencesin ML Education
      EDML 5024 Earth and Space Sciences in ML Education
      EDML 5025 Chemical Science in Middle Level Education
       
  • Middle Level English/Language Arts Concentration
    • EDML 5030 Adolescent Literature
      EDML 5031 Literary Forms & Media Literacy in Middle Level Education
      EDML 5032 Reading Strategies in Middle Level Education
      EDML 5033 Teaching & Evaluating Writing I in Middle Level Education
      EDML 5034 Teaching & Evaluating Writing II in Middle Level Education
       
  • Middle Level Social Studies Concentration
    • EDML 5040 U.S. History in Middle Level Education
      EDML 5041 Geography in Middle Level Education
      EDML 5042 Government and Civics in Middle Level Education
      EDML 5043 World History in Middle Level Education
      EDML 5044 Fundamentals of Economics in Middle Level Education
 


Course Descriptions

ED 569 - Teaching Diverse Learners using Inclusive Classroom Practices - 3 credits
This course will focus on co-teaching models and differentiated instruction and enable teachers to effectively apply previous learning of content and pedagogy in an inclusive classroom environment to meet the needs of diverse learners.

EDML 5001 - Teaching Adolescent Learners in Middle School -  3 credits
This course builds a deeper understanding of diverse adolescent learners at the middle level. Cognitive, emotional, and social needs of adolescents in middle school that inform innovative curriculum development, research-based instructional strategies, and effective assessment practices will be examined.

EDML 5002 - Mathematics in Middle Level Education - 3 credits
This course consists of an overview of basic concepts pertaining to the study of middle level mathematics (grades 4-8) with developmentally appropriate pedagogy for middle level mathematics instruction. This course is not required for students selecting a middle level mathematics concentration.

EDML 5003 - Science in Middle Level Education - 3 credits
This course presents the basic concepts pertaining to the study of middle level (grades 4-8) science. Topics include the main concepts within science inquiry, physical science, chemistry, earth and space science, and life science. This course is for students not specializing in science.

EDML 5004 - English and Language Arts in Middle Level Education -  3 credits
This course provides an overview of language arts and reading strategies for use at the middle level (4-8) with emphasis on the following: reading fiction and nonfiction texts, critical literacy, understanding different types of writing, and common approaches to composition. This course is for students not taking the middle level English/Language Arts concentration.

EDML 5005 - Social Studies in Middle Level Education - 3 credits
This course presents the basic concepts pertaining to instruction of middle level (grades 4-8) social studies. Topics include the main concepts from within the social studies disciplines: U.S. history, world history, geography, government and civics, and economics. This course is not required for students selecting the middle level social studies concentration.
 

EDML 5007 - Development of the Adolescent Learner at the Middle Level - 3 credits
This course builds a deeper understanding of early adolescent learners with an emphasis on cognitive, emotional, physical, psychosocial, and abnormal development and how this can impact teaching and learning.

EDML 5009 - Internship in Middle Level Education - 3 credits
This is the culminating course for middle level certification (4-8). Students holding current Pennsylvania teaching certification will apply their knowledge of middle-level content and research-based practices in the field by working with young adolescents. Prerequisites: Successful completion of all required EDML program coursework.

Concentration in Middle Level Mathematics Courses

EDML 5010 - Number Theory for Middle School Instruction - 3 credits
This course examines topics that encompass the three main categories in the Number and Operations strand of Principles and Standards of School Mathematics (NCTM): understanding numbers and number systems, operations with numbers and how they relate to one another, computation and estimation. Also included are content-related pedagogy and best-practice instructional strategies. 

EDML 5011 - Concepts of Measurement for Middle School Instruction - 3 credits
This course explores concepts and procedures for measuring and learning about standard units in the metric and customary systems, the relationships among units, and the approximate nature of measurement. Topics are how measurement can illuminate mathematical concepts such as irrational numbers, properties of circles, and area and volume formulas. Also included are content-related pedagogy and best-practice instructional strategies. 

EDML 5012 - Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability for Middle School Instruction - 3 credits
This course introduces statistics as a problem-solving process. Skills are built through investigations of ways to organize and represent data and describe and analyze variation in data. The association between two variables, probability, random sampling, and estimation are covered. Also included are content-related pedagogy and best-practice instructional strategies.

EDML 5013 - Algebraic Concepts for Middle School Instruction - 3 credits
This course explores the ‘big ideas’ in algebraic thinking. Topics include algebraic thinking, patterns in context, functions and algorithms, proportional reasoning, linear functions and slope, solving equations, nonlinear functions, and algebraic structure. Also included are content-related pedagogy and best-practice instructional strategies. 

EDML 5014 - Geometry Essentials for Middle School Instruction - 3 credits
This course introduces the essentials of geometry as a method for problem solving. Content includes exploring the properties of geometric figures, making constructions using pencil and paper and dynamic software, using mathematical language to express ideas to justify reasoning while exploring the basis of formal mathematical proofs and solid geometry. Also included are content-related pedagogy and best-practice instructional strategies. 

EDML 5015 - Mathematical Problem Solving in Middle School Education -  3 credits
This course provides a context for teachers to explore issues about learning and teaching mathematics. Interactions of middle level students engaged in authentic mathematical activities are examined with implications for learning, teaching and assessment.  This is an elective course.

Concentration in Middle Level Science Courses

EDML 5020 - Scientific Inquiry for Middle School Instruction - 3 credits
This course presents the essential concepts and modern ideas pertaining to the natural world and the integrative nature of the various disciplines in science. Topics emphasize the scientific method and data analysis and include ethical issues of human technologies.

EDML 5021 - Physics and Scientific Techniques  in Middle School Education - 3 credits
This course presents the basic concepts pertaining to physical and chemical properties of matter. Topics include nuclear and anatomic structure, thermodynamics, heat, energy, matter, laboratory safety procedures, data manipulation, measurement and mathematics, and the methodology and philosophy of science, as well as effective pedagogy to teach these concepts. This is an elective course.

EDML 5022 - Biology and Life Sciences for Middle School Instruction - 3 credits
This course presents the basic concepts pertaining to the study of the biological sciences. Topics include the anatomy and physiology of structures associated with life functions of organisms, diversity of life, evolution, genetics, and the cell, as well as effective pedagogy to teach these concepts. 

EDML 5023 - Physical Sciences for Middle School Instruction - 3 credits
This course presents the basic concepts of physics including: mechanics, electricity, magnetism, and waves. Topics include the conservation of energy, heat and thermal dynamics, atomic and nuclear structure, electricity, and the effective pedagogy to teach these concepts.

EDML 5024 - Earth and Space Sciences for Middle School Instruction - 3 credits
This course examines the essential concepts pertaining to the study of the Earth as a constantly changing dynamic system. Major topics include astronomy, meteorology, oceanography, historical geology and physical geology, as well as effective pedagogy to teach these concepts.

EDML 5025 - Basic Chemistry for Middle School Instruction -  3 credits
This course presents the basic principles of chemistry with an overview of theories and research addressing the chemical and physical properties of matter. Topics covered include atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, and the effect of concentration, pressure, temperature, and catalysts on chemical reactions, as well as effective pedagogy to teach these concepts.

 Concentration in Middle Level English/ Language Arts Courses

 

EDML 5030 Adolescent Literature-  3 credits

This intensive reading course presents major works and authors of adolescent literature explored within historical and cultural contexts.  Critical approaches will be used to apply knowledge of various authors, and literary and historical periods.

 

EDML 5031 Literary Forms & Media Literacy in Middle Level Education -  3 credits

This course will focus on literary devices, literary forms, and text structures for middle level learners. Media literacy will include common research techniques, appropriate documentation of sources to avoid plagiarism, and locating and evaluating sources including multi-media sources.

EDML 5032 Reading Strategies in Middle Level Education-  3 credits

The focus of this course is literacy development as it relates to middle level students, with emphasis on comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, and writing. The course also provides research and practical applications of literacy instructional strategies in the middle level classroom.

EDML 5033 Teaching and Evaluating Writing I in Middle School-  3 credits

The focus of this course is writing instruction and evaluation as it relates to middle level students. This course presents the teacher as writer and students will write for a variety of purposes. Elements of grammar are examined. Research on writing instruction, best practices, and assessment of writing will be addressed.

 

EDML 5034 Teaching & Evaluating Writing II in Middle Level Education -  3 credits

This is the second part of the Teaching and Evaluating Writing series. The focus of this course is writing instruction and evaluation as it relates to middle level students. This course provides an in-depth examination of the traits of writing.  Students will develop lessons, assessments, and instructional materials to effectively teach writing to adolescents.

 

Concentration in Middle Level Social Studies Courses

 

EDML 5040 US History in Middle Level Education -  3 credits

This course provides knowledge and skills for teaching U.S. History at the middle school level. Chronological accounts of major developments in U.S. History, from colonization through the 20th century, will be explored to understand how major themes have shaped the growth of the United States, its people, and its culture.

 

EDML 5041 Teaching Geography in Middle Level Education  -  3 credits

Geographic literacy, map skills, physical geography, and human geography are explored within the context of middle school geography standards.  Skills needed to teach fundamental knowledge related to U.S. and World geography and it relationship to patterns of cultural, governmental, and economic activities will be studied.

 

EDML 5042 Government and Civics in Middle Level Education -  3 credits

This course provides the foundational knowledge required to teach government and civics at the middle school level. Key concepts include the study of the Constitution, federalism, political parties, and citizenship. International structures and systems will also be explored.

 

EDML 5042 World History in Middle Level Education-  3 credits

This course focuses on major developments and themes related to World History. Skills needed to teach early humans and societies to the modern world at the middle school level will be studied, as well as relevant histories, cultures, and societal elements.

 

EDML 5044 Fundamentals of Economics in Middle Level Education-  3 credits

This course differentiates between microeconomics and macroeconomics and teaches how that knowledge can be applied in the middle level social studies curriculum. Market structures, GDP, unemployment, and inflation are included as well as how government intervention and policy affect the US and global economies.

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