Middle Level Education with Initial Teaching Certification

The online master’s degree in Middle Level Education is a 39 to 54 credit program designed for adults who wish to teach in Pennsylvania at the middle level in grades 4 to 8. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to apply for Pennsylvania teaching certification. Candidates will also earn an advanced degree to excel in teaching adolescent learners.

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Program Snapshot

Program Type Format Credit Hours
Master's Degree Online 39-54

Why Study Middle Level Education at Wilkes?

The U.S. Department of Education projects that there are teacher shortages in a variety of subjects throughout Pennsylvania. If you already have a bachelor’s degree and want to make the career pivot to become a teacher, our online program is designed to help you earn your master’s degree and excel in middle level education.

Making the shift to teaching can offer you a rewarding pathway where you can make a difference in your community while applying specialized knowledge. This program is ideal for students with bachelor’s degrees in mathematics, the sciences, English or communications, or the social sciences. Wilkes will also consider students who hold a bachelor’s degree in other disciplines but have at least 18 credits in one of these core subject areas.

Curriculum      Admission Requirements    Program Checklist

What Will You Learn as a Middle Level Education Student?

  • You’ll take foundational courses in assessment, teaching skills, behavior management, special education, and curriculum development.
  • You’ll build upon your foundation with courses in adolescent development, as well as cognition and learning to set you up for success in subsequent courses in subject matter pedagogy and assessment.
  • You’ll develop lessons that address key academic standards, identify the learning needs and levels of young adolescent students, and apply best practices in content delivery, assessment, and communication with students, parents, fellow teachers, and other professionals.
  • You’ll apply research-based strategies to promote social inclusion, achieve effective classroom management, and incorporate classroom practices that are most appropriate for middle level learners.


Program Highlights

Make a Change

As this program is designed for students who hold bachelor’s degrees in other subjects outside of education, you’ll have the opportunity to make a career pivot where you can share your love of learning. 

Become a Teacher

Earn your initial Pa. teaching certification for grades 4-8 as a way to give back to your community, change the lives of students, and improve the quality of education in your region. 

Convenient Online Learning

The program is offered in a convenient online format. Required field experiences and student teaching will be completed at a school close to your home.

Start Your Career in Teaching

Wilkes Intial Teacher Certification program is designed for individiuals with a bachelor's degree looking to obtain their teaching certification. The program is fully online with field hours throughout, giving you an opportunity to learn flexibly while getting experience in the field.

Tuition & Aid

Graduate education tuition for the 2021-22 academic year is $522 per credit, or $1,566 per course. Deferment is available for employers who reimburse tuition and financial aid is available for those who qualify.

Careers & Outcomes

Our program graduates hold positions as middle level educators in a variety of subjects, including mathematics, science, social studies, and language arts. Many take on leadership roles in their districts, helping to guide the curriculum or implement new teaching strategies.

Outside of the classroom, those with master’s degrees in middle level education can pursue careers as curriculum or assessment writers, working closely with educational media or publishing companies that specialize in producing content for grades 4-8.

Job Titles: Middle Level Mathematics Teacher, Middle Level Science Teacher, Middle Level Social Studies Teacher, Middle Level English/Language Arts Teacher, Middle Level Department Chair, Curriculum Author, Assessment Writer

Additional Info

The program is designed for students with bachelor’s degrees in mathematics, the sciences, English or communications, or the social sciences. Wilkes will also consider students who hold a bachelor’s degree in other disciplines, but have at least 18 credits in one of these core areas.

Students must be accepted to the program to begin coursework.

In addition, applicants must submit:

Online application
Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts
Two recommendation forms
Current and valid clearances, all indicating “no record”:
Act 34 State Police Criminal Record Check
Act 151 Child Abuse History Clearance,
Act 114 FBI Fingerprint Check
Act 24 of 2011 signed Certification

Program of Study

The program requires 39 credits plus observation and student teaching hours. All courses are three credits unless otherwise noted. Additional coursework may be required, per transcript review.


Observation and Student Teaching Requirements

Field experiences and student teaching are mandatory, hands-on learning components to teacher certification. These experiences take place in a school near your home. The program culminates in a full-time, semester long student teaching assignment.

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