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Elementary/Middle Level Education: Grades 4-8, Science and English/Language Arts Concentration, BSEd

The Elementary/Middle Level Education: Grades 4-8, Science and English/Language Arts Concentration, BSEd program prepares you to obtain the certification required to teach grades 4-8 in Pennsylvania’s public school system. This program meets high national standards of excellence because it is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teachers, Association of Middle Level Education and Council for Exceptional Children. Additionally, Shippensburg University has the only public elementary lab school in the state.

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What Will I Learn?

You will learn how to support middle level students’ academic growth in science and language arts.

Learning experiences related to science will focus on:

  • Scientific inquiry
  • Life sciences
  • Earth and space sciences
  • Physical sciences
  • Environment and ecology
  • Technology
  • Engineering

Learning experiences in language arts will focus on:

  • Literary texts intended for grades 4-8 (i.e., novels, short stories, traditional stories, and poems; and exploring the meanings conveyed by these texts)
  • Core writing genres (i.e., narrative writing, informative writing, and argument writing)
  • Best practices in reading and writing instruction

Much of your learning will come through active participation and collaboration. You are required to complete core concentration courses in language arts and science as well as professional core courses focusing on adolescent development and learning, instructional methods, assessment and intervention, adaptation and accommodations for diverse learners, and literacy. There is also a required capstone seminar and practicum in middle level student teaching.

What are the requirements for this degree?

You are required to complete a total of 120 credit hours. This includes 47-48 credit hours of general education courses, nine credit hours of concentration area courses in science and language arts respectively, three credit hours of a required math course, and 39 credit hours of core professional courses.


You may pursue a Reading Minor or the Disability Studies Minor. Both are great complements to this major.

What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?

Completing this program at Shippensburg University prepares you to obtain the certification required to teach in Pennsylvania's public school system. Many graduates also go on to find work in private academies or as personal tutors. Others use their degree as a springboard to employment in social work, child and youth care or other related fields.

What Career Outcomes Do Alumni Have With This Degree?

A list of of the top job titles for Middle Level Elementary Education alumni
The estimated salary for Middle Level Elementary Education alumni

What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have?

Ship is an excellent place to study to become a teacher because of the opportunities to:

  • Observe classes in elementary and secondary settings
  • Observe physically challenged and exceptional learners
  • Take part in student teaching
  • Participate in student groups that complement the academic experience
  • Receive personalized attention and advisement from experienced professors

Contact the Teacher Education Department Shippen Hall 214 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257 Phone: 717-477-1688 Fax: (717) 477-4046