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What is Middle Level Education?

Middle Level Education includes grades 4-8.  The Middle Level Education certification encompasses not only the broad subject matter necessary for teaching in grades 4-6, but also specific content in the four main areas of the Middle School curriculum - English/Language Arts/Reading, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. **The preceding links will provide you with degree requirements (pdf format).**

 Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Division of Education of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is to provide high quality programs that produce exemplary educators who are knowledgeable, resourceful, and well prepared to make contributions to the schools and communities in which they work.


What can I do with a degree in Middle Level Education?

A middle level education major enjoys the opportunity for employment in a field that dramatically shapes and influences the lives of young adolescents.  Students, who graduate with a Middle Level Education degree, have the opportunity to gain employment at public and private schools across the country.  Students may also further their education in hopes of teaching at the college level and/or become school administrators.

What kind of classes will I take?

The courses listed below are only a small glimpse into the Middle Level Education courses available on our campus.

Deals with the psychological aspects of the educational process. Theories and research from both psychology and educational psychology are examined in the areas of cognitive and social development, individual differences, culture, cognitive processes, learning, motivation, classroom management, and measurement.

Provides an understanding of the basic principles of human development as applied to the adolescent. Theories and research findings are examined with regard to the areas of physical and sexual development, intelligence and cognitive functioning, and social and emotional development.

Designed primarily for pre-service teachers, this course familiarizes students with basic strategies for making appropriate accommodations in the regular classroom setting for students with special needs. The course content builds on the characteristics of various special needs populations and on the laws and policies of serving those populations as introduced in prior courses.


Middle Level Education Links

These links have been provided for those who want more information on both the Pitt-Johnstown Middle Level Education Program, and the world of Middle Level Education as a whole.

Pitt-Johnstown Education

Education Handbook

Pennsylvania Department of Education

Jobs in Education

Meet our Education Faculty

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