Degrees and Requirements

Middle Level Education: English/Language Arts and Reading

A major in Middle Level English/Language Arts and Reading is meant to prepare students for a career as a highly qualified teacher education candidate skilled to teach any core subject at the 4th-6th grade level and skilled to teach the English/Language Arts and Reading content area at the 7th-8th grade level. For state certification, students must meet all competency standards set by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

To successfully complete the Middle Level English/Language Arts and Reading Certification major, the following coursework is required:

  • 40 credits of Major Requirements
  • 47 credits of Education Requirements
  • 40 CORE credits
  • A minimum of 127 credits are required for degree, the last 30 of which must be earned at La Roche College. Developmental coursework does not count towards the minimum number of credits required for graduation.

Summary of Requirements

Education Requirements: 47 credits

  • EDML2010
    ML TEACHING SCIENCE METHODS-LAB |

    EDML2010
    ML TEACHING SCIENCE METHODS-LAB |

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    This course is required for all middle level education majors. The course will focus on how to use an inquiry approach to teach science in the 4th-6th grade levels, with an emphasis on how to address the Pennsylvania Academic Standards and Assessment Anchors for Science & Technology and Environment & Ecology. A field experience is a required component of this course.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    EDUC1010

  • EDML2023
    ML TEACHING MATHEMATICS METHODS -LAB |

    EDML2023
    ML TEACHING MATHEMATICS METHODS -LAB |

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    This course is required for all middle level education majors. The course will focus on how to use a learner based approach to teach math in the 4th-6th grade levels, with an emphasis on how to address the Pennsylvania Academic Standards and Assessment Anchors for Mathematics. A field experience is a required component of this course.

    PREREQUISITES:

    EDUC1010

  • EDML3013
    ML TEACHING SOCIAL STUDIES METHODS-LAB |

    EDML3013
    ML TEACHING SOCIAL STUDIES METHODS-LAB |

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    This course is required for all middle level education majors. The course will focus on how to present social studies concepts in a hands-on manner to 4th-6th grade students, with an emphasis on how to address the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Geography, History, Economics, and Civics & Government. A field experience is a required component of this course.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    EDUC1010

  • EDML3050
    READING & WRITING ACROSS THE DISCIPLINES |

    EDML3050
    READING & WRITING ACROSS THE DISCIPLINES |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    Reading and Writing Across the Disciplines introduces a wide variety of effective instructional methods for middle level and secondary teachers to present reading and writing skills in any content area.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1012 or ENGL1012H

  • EDML4010
    ADVANCED TEACHING METHODS FOR MIDDLE LEVEL TEACHING CERTIFICATION|

    EDML4010
    ADVANCED TEACHING METHODS FOR MIDDLE LEVEL TEACHING CERTIFICATION|

    Credits (Min/Max): 2/2

    This course is required for all middle level education majors, in order to prepare for student teaching. Future middle level teachers will explore ways to engage students in the learning process, with a focus in the content areas at the 7th and 8th grade level. Future teachers will plan lessons and units based on content standards and assessment anchors. The use of technology will also be explored as a way to enhance instruction and assessment. A field experience is a required component of this course.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    EDUC1010

  • EDML4050
    ML STUDENT TEACHING (GRADES 4-6) |

    EDML4050
    ML STUDENT TEACHING (GRADES 4-6) |

    Credits (Min/Max): 6/6

    During this portion of student teaching, middle level education majors will be placed in a 4th-6th grade setting, and may be expected to teach any subject area (science, mathematics, language arts, or social studies) for approximately seven weeks. Student teachers will be expected to demonstrate instructional strategies that capitalize on the developmental characteristics of young adolescents and to design successful interventions responsive to the needs of individual middle level students. Student teachers will be supervised by a cooperating teacher and a college supervisor, and will be expected to participate in collaborative team building opportunities. Part of the student teaching experience will also include an on campus student teaching seminar, where topics such as certification requirements, school law, and interviewing strategies will be presented. |

    PREREQUISITES:

    EDML4010

  • EDML4055
    ML STUDENT TEACHING (GRADES 7-8) |

    EDML4055
    ML STUDENT TEACHING (GRADES 7-8) |

    Credits (Min/Max): 6/6

    During this portion of student teaching, middle level education majors will be placed in a 7th-8th grade setting within their content specialty (science, mathematics, language arts, or social studies) for approximately seven weeks. Student teachers will be expected to demonstrate their deep content knowledge as they apply instructional strategies that capitalize on the developmental characteristics of young adolescents and to design successful interventions responsive to the needs of individual middle level students. Student teachers will be supervised by a cooperating teacher and a college supervisor, and will be expected to participate in collaborative team building opportunities. Part of the student teaching experience will also include an on campus student teaching seminar, where topics such as certification requirements, school law, and interviewing strategies will be presented.

    PREREQUISITES:

    EDML4010

  • EDSP2015
    INTRO TO HIGH INCIDENCE DISABILITIES, ACCOMODATIONS, & ADAPTATIONS|

    EDSP2015
    INTRO TO HIGH INCIDENCE DISABILITIES, ACCOMODATIONS, & ADAPTATIONS|

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course provides students an opportunity to explore foundations of special education in the United States including: characteristics of each disability category, legislation, over-representation of diverse students, academic and functional needs of students with disabilities, individual learning differences, least restrictive environment, implications for a Standards Aligned System, collaboration and transition. Students will develop an understanding of Accommodations and Adaptations for inclusive environments.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • EDSP2025
    LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS, CLASSROOM& BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT, ACCOMMODATIONS & ADAPTATIONS|

    EDSP2025
    LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS, CLASSROOM& BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT, ACCOMMODATIONS & ADAPTATIONS|

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course will introduce students to behavior and misbehaviors of students in the school setting, types of misbehavior roles, establish a classroom management plan that will reflect their consideration of students with disabilities, problem solving, conflict resolution, assessing appropriate and problematic behaviors while establishing opportunities for students with diverse backgrounds to interact and share in cooperative learning groups, problem solving to achieve common goals. "Application Models" will be the framework used to demonstrate the approaches used by pioneers as well as 21st century researchers and educators.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    EDSP2015

  • EDSP3010
    LITERACY INSTRUCTION & INTERVENTIONS FOR DIVERSE LEARNERS|

    EDSP3010
    LITERACY INSTRUCTION & INTERVENTIONS FOR DIVERSE LEARNERS|

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course provides the foundation for teaching reading according to PA learning standards for students with a broad range of abilities and diverse cultural backgrounds. The course emphasizes research-based instructional approaches and interventions for Middle and Secondary level students including word level instruction, text level comprehension, reading-writing connection, and assessment. A field experience is a required component of this course.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • EDSP3040
    EVALUATION & AUTHENTIC ASSESSMENT WITHIN A STANDARDS ALIGNED SYSTEM|

    EDSP3040
    EVALUATION & AUTHENTIC ASSESSMENT WITHIN A STANDARDS ALIGNED SYSTEM|

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This required course for all education majors will explore the instructional purposes for a variety of assessment strategies, such as: authentic, screening, diagnostic, formative, benchmark, and summative assessments. Future teachers will learn how to interpret assessment data, such as standardized test scores and norms, and will practice how to communicate assessment results to educational stakeholders, while considering legal and ethical issues related to assessment data, such as maintaining confidentiality. Future teachers will also create sample assessments that target academic standards and assessment anchors within subject areas, in order to measure mastery of the curriculum in more than one way.

    PREREQUISITES:

    EDUC1010

  • EDSP4015
    DEVELOPMENT OF THE IEP & INCLUSION IN LEAST RESTRICTIVE ENVIRONMENT|

    EDSP4015
    DEVELOPMENT OF THE IEP & INCLUSION IN LEAST RESTRICTIVE ENVIRONMENT|

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    The focus of this culminating course is to prepare the student teacher with a realistic overview of teaching special education in Pennsylvania. The student will create an IEP, become familiar with Inclusion and collaboration, write reflections based on current issues/trends in special education, participate in discussions, create useful artifacts, discuss significant court cases, and understand Transition. The student will also comprehend the special education continuum of services available to the identified student.

    PREREQUISITES:

    EDSP2015

  • EDUC1010
    INTRO TO EDUCATION & FIELD EXPERIENCE |

    EDUC1010
    INTRO TO EDUCATION & FIELD EXPERIENCE |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    The purpose of this course is to serve as an introduction to the teaching profession. Students will explore the qualifications for becoming an effective teacher, and will observe classroom teachers across grade levels. Current trends and conditions of education will also be studied. A field experience is a required component of the course.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • PSYC1021
    INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY |

    PSYC1021
    INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This survey course introduces students to several critical areas of psychology. Throughout the course, there is an emphasis on the scientific method, its application to psychology, and the insights gained from scientific research. The interactions among biological processes, cognitive and emotional responses, sociocultural forces, and behavior are examined. Included are such diverse topics as: health, stress, and coping; consciousness, sleep and dreams; effects of psychoactive drugs on behavior and health; psychological disorders; social psychology; types of learning and behavior management, information processing approaches including memory, encoding and retrieval; and the relationship of the nervous system to thought, feelings, and behaviors.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • PSYC2040
    ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT |

    PSYC2040
    ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course is designed to provide an overview of the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional developmental changes occurring during adolescence. Attention will be given to the contexts in which development occurs: the family, school, and peer group-as well as psychological changes in identity, autonomy, and intimacy. Psychological disorders that manifest during adolescence will be examined. |

    PREREQUISITES:

    PSYC1021 or PSYC1021H

  • PSYC2061
    EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY |

    PSYC2061
    EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course provides an introduction to educational psychology, the science of learning and teaching. Students will be exposed to the research methods used in psychological science, theoretical approaches to cognitive development and learning, and applications of those theories to understanding student behavior in the context of the school environment.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    PSYC1021 or PSYC1021H

Major Requirements: 40 credits

  • ADMG1005
    MACROECONOMICS |

    ADMG1005
    MACROECONOMICS |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    An introductory economics course focusing on the field of macroeconomics, including government spending, money, inflation, unemployment and taxes. Also included are brief sections on microeconomic and economic systems.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • BIOL1001
    LIFE SCIENCE (SLSC1011) |

    BIOL1001
    LIFE SCIENCE (SLSC1011) |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    An introductory course directed toward the development of an answer to the question: What is life? The course explores various life processes and the human person's position in the total scheme. Emphasis is placed on current scientific discoveries. This course is not open to science majors. Cross-listed with SLSC1011|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • ENGL1050
    METHODS OF TEACHING WRITING: COMPOSITION |

    ENGL1050
    METHODS OF TEACHING WRITING: COMPOSITION |

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    This is the first in a series of four one-credit courses designed to prepare students to teach academic writing at the secondary or post-secondary levels and/or to work in a secondary or college writers center.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • ENGL2010
    INTRO TO LITERARY STUDY |

    ENGL2010
    INTRO TO LITERARY STUDY |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This seminar introduces students majoring in each of the three English programs to the study of literature as an academic discipline. Key literary terms and concepts (genre, style, figurative language, poetics, etc.), central tenets of literary-critical analysis (multiple interpretive strategies, schools of theory, etc.), and basic methodologies of literary study (research techniques, MLA-style documentation, etc.) will be covered. The course will thus prepare English majors at an early point in their careers to enter into the habits of thought and practice characteristic of their chosen field.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1011(H)

  • ENGL2021
    WORLD LITERATURE I(SLLT1002) |

    ENGL2021
    WORLD LITERATURE I(SLLT1002) |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course emphasizes the careful reading of works of world literature from the Ancient period to the Early Modern era (c. 1600). Issues to be covered include the oral-performative origins of ancient literature; the cultural values and social roles embodied in the literature; and the nature of literary language, genres, and traditions. The course serves as an introduction to the study of literature for all majors, as well as an opportunity for English majors to expand their knowledge of important works of world literature. Cross-listed with SLLT1002|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • ENGL2036
    ISSUES IN AMERICAN LIT I (SLLT1013) |

    ENGL2036
    ISSUES IN AMERICAN LIT I (SLLT1013) |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course emphasizes the careful reading of works of American literature from the close of the Civil War to the present. Issues to be covered include the diversity of voices represented in the American literary tradition; the cultural, political, economic, ethnic, and regional contexts within which these literatures were forged; and the transformation of American literary traditions after the Civil War, as represented by such major developments as Realism, Modernism, the New Negro Renaissance, and the growth of ethnic literatures. The course serves as an introduction to the study of literature for all majors, as well as an opportunity for English majors to expand their knowledge of important works of American literature. Cross-listed with SLLT1013|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • GEOG3013
    GEOGRAPHY & WORLD AFFAIRS (INST3013) |

    GEOG3013
    GEOGRAPHY & WORLD AFFAIRS (INST3013) |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    An overview of various regions of the world and the environmental conditions to which people adapt. Racial, linguistic, religious and economic groupings of people will be stressed. Current world events are examined to develop knowledge about historical, geographic, climatic, political and religious environments which people inhabit. Cross-listed with INST3013 |

    PREREQUISITES:

  • MATH1040
    PROBABILITY & STATISTICS |

    MATH1040
    PROBABILITY & STATISTICS |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    The study of the fundamentals of probability theory with applications to natural and social sciences as well as to mathematics. Discrete and continuous distributions, sampling theory, linear correlation, regression, statistical inference, estimation and analysis of variance are included.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    MATH1010

  • MATH2000
    MATHEMATICS FOR LIBERAL ARTS |

    MATH2000
    MATHEMATICS FOR LIBERAL ARTS |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    As in-depth exploration of the applications of various types of mathematics, with an emphasis on problem solving skills. Writing skills are an integral part of this course. The connecting of mathematical ideas with other subject areas will be emphasized. These areas will include: art, biology, chemistry, coding, computers, demographics, fiction, genetics, logic, management, marketing, music, philosophy, physics, politics, psychology, and social planning. The discussion of original source documents will be an integral part of this course.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    MATH1010

  • MATH2023
    GEOMETRY & MEASUREMENT |

    MATH2023
    GEOMETRY & MEASUREMENT |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    An overview of the Euclidian and non-Euclidian geometries required for teaching mathematics, particularly middle school mathematics, focusing on geometrical shapes and their properties, spatial reasoning, geometrical shapes in nature and art, and application of measurements. |

    PREREQUISITES:

    MATH1010

  • NSCI2045
    GEOLOGY |

    NSCI2045
    GEOLOGY |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    PREREQUISITES:

  • POLI1022
    AMERICAN GOVERNMENT |

    POLI1022
    AMERICAN GOVERNMENT |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course introduces students to the major American political institutions, the way in which the houses of Congress function, and the Presidency while also analyzing civil liberties, constitutional rights, policy-making, social policy issues, the role of political parties, the electoral process, the political role of the media, and foreign policy debates.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • SLSC1006
    INTRO TO PHYS SCIENCE: MOTION, MATTER & MIND |

    SLSC1006
    INTRO TO PHYS SCIENCE: MOTION, MATTER & MIND |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course is designed for anyone interested in experiencing first-hand the process of the scientific inquiry. In this process students and the professor will pose investigable questions about some physical phenomena. Students will then use the analysis of observations from experiments to develop an understanding of these physical concepts. This understanding will develop through individual, small group and whole class investigation and discussion. As a final stage in this cycle, connections will be made to the classical laws and principles of physics and chemistry, which govern these phenomena.|

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