Courses

Pitt-Johnstown Middle Level Education

Middle Level Education (Grades 4-8)

MLED 1111 Field Practicum I       

Course will be taken during the first term of the upper-level program—the first of three such courses prior to student teaching. Students will be assigned to a middle school cooperating teacher, 4-8, for a minimum of 20 hours for observation and participation. Students will be asked to focus on the teacher's instructional strategies related to individual students, including those with particular problems or challenges. Prerequisite: Admission to the upper-level; Corequisite: MLED 1144, 1121, 1161, or 1131. 3 credits

MLED 1121 Mathematics Methods for the Middle-Level Grades    

Introduces students to mathematics teaching-learning theories, strategies, experiences, and issues in mathematics education.  Principles and techniques of lesson planning and assessment will be explored.  Varied activities and professional growth of the middle level mathematics teacher, resources and materials, differentiated instruction techniques, and student-centered approaches will be examined. Prerequisite: Admission to the upper-level middle level education program; Corequisite: MLED 1111. 3 credits

MLED 1131 Social Studies Methods for the Middle-Level Grades    

This course is designed to provide both the theoretical and practical background necessary for planning, implementing, and assessing a social studies program in grades 4-8.  The intent is to provide a foundation for long-term growth.  Becoming a social studies teacher requires broad knowledge, reflection on educational theory and purposes, an understanding of schools and institutions, and an ability to transform knowledge into meaningful learning experiences. The course will focus on how to present social studies concepts, with an emphasis on how to address the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Geography, History, Economics, and Civics & Government and the National Council for the Social Studies themes.Prerequisite: Admission to the upper-level middle level education program; Corequisite: MLED 1111. 3 credits

MLED 1144 English Methods for the Middle-Level Grades 

Introduces students to English/language arts teaching-learning theories, strategies, experiences, and issues in English education for the middle level classroom. Principles and techniques of lesson planning, content and curricula, academic standards, teaching methods, classroom management, and assessment will be explored and analyzed. Prerequisite: Admissions to the upper-level middle-level education program; Corequisite: MLED 1111. 3 credits

MLED 1161 Science Methods for the Middle Level Grades

This course will examine the major concepts, theories and trends in science education.   The content is designed to provide a teaching pedagogy for middle level education majors.  Materials, methods and strategies for teaching life, physical and earth sciences to grade levels 4-8 will be presented.    The course will seek to help pre-service teachers develop an understanding of ways to help children acquire knowledge, attitudes and skills essential to science literacy. Prerequisite: Admission to the upper-level middle level education program; Corequisite: MLED 1111. 3 credits