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Middle Level General Science certification

Students seeking Pennsylvania certification in middle-level education with an interdisciplinary program in general science complete nine science courses including:

  • Biology 100, 112, or 119
  • Biology 107 or Environmental 112
  • Chemistry 108 or 113
  • Physics 109 or 111
  • Two courses from Earth Science 110, 120, or 130
  • Three science electives.

In addition, students complete the Learning in Common (LinC) curriculum, Mathematics 107, and Interdisciplinary 320.2. For LinC requirements students must select Mathematics 125 to fulfill the requirement in the Quantitative Reasoning (F2) category and Biology 107 or Environmental 112 to fulfill the lab science requirement (F4).

In the Multidisciplinary categories, they must take History 113 to fulfill the requirement in Historical Studies (M1); Education 131 to fulfill the requirement in Literature (M2); Education 160 to satisfy the Ultimate Questions (M3) category; Political Science 110 to satisfy the requirement in Economic, Social, and Political Systems (M4); and Interdisciplinary Studies 110 to fulfill the Cultural Values and Global Issues (M5) category.

The Aesthetic Expression (M6) requirement is waived for these students. Middle-level education students must complete only one of the Upper-Division category requirements.

Middle-level education students must complete the professional sequence in middle-level education:

  • Education 100.2 Taken in the fall of the freshman year.
  • Education 160 Taken in the spring of the freshman year.
  • Education 130 and 140.2 Taken in fall of the sophomore year.
  • Education 131 Taken in the spring of the sophomore year.
  • Education 244 Taken in the fall of the junior year
  • Education 332, 333, and 358.2 Taken in the spring of the junior year. 
  • Education 330, 331, 332.2, and 358.2 Taken in the fall of the senior year.
  • Education 371, 375, 376, and 377 Taken in spring of the senior year.

In addition, Biology 107 or Environmental 112 with a grade of C or better is the prerequisite for Education 331. Mathematics 125 with a grade of C or better and Mathematics 107 are prerequisites for Education 332. History 113 with a grade of C or better, Political Science 110, and Interdisciplinary Studies 110 are prerequisites for Education 330. Students must pass the reading, writing, and mathematics PAPA exams prior to enrolling in any 200 level or above education courses. These exams should be taken in the freshman year. All students interested in teacher certification are reminded that they must complete courses required for initial admission to the teacher certification program. Specifically, students must complete six credit hours (1.5 Moravian units) in mathematics as well as three credit hours in English composition and three credit hours in English literature.

Students in the middle-level certification program may also complete a pre-approved interdisciplinary major in mathematics/elementary general science or elementary general science/English. Students should check with Dr. Jean DesJardin in the Education Department about specifics regarding these programs.