Education - Middle/Elementary 4-8

The Pennsylvania state certification requirements have recently been changed to redefine the former Elementary Education certification (K-6) as Elementary & Middle Level Education certification, now grades 4-8 (ages 9-13).                       

This degree will prepare you to be certified to teach in grades 4-8. You will select a content specialty area such as Language Arts/English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, or a combination of two of the areas. A strong foundation of teaching methodology is combined with many diverse classroom experiences beginning your freshman year for practical, hands-on learning in a variety of socio-economic and racial/ethnic settings.                       

In your senior year, you will take a block of courses and experiences devoted entirely to the methods of teaching and classroom management. The student teaching semester will place you in two different classrooms for seven weeks each where you will be responsible for teaching the class under the supervision of an experienced teacher. Your assignments will usually be within a 50-60 mile radius of the LHU campus. You may also choose to student teach abroad at one of our partner universities in countries such as Australia, Ireland, England, Spain, and Croatia.                       

Graduates with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Education with certification in Elementary & Middle Level Education are prepared to teach grades 4-8 in public or private settings.                       

Student Teaching

Beginning in the student's sophomore year, students participate in a variety of teaching situations, followed by a professional methods semester. In the senior year, students are assigned to two sites for student teaching, each for seven and a half weeks.