Middle Level Education

    • The School of Education has established a learning abroad opportunity with Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, Ireland.
    • Education majors can travel to Jordan or Thailand for summer experiences teaching English to children, facilitating camp programs and learning regional culture.
    • Our undergraduate programs have been identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education as model programs of distinction.
    • Activities outside the classroom are planned by the members of our professional organizations: Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society, Gannon University's Society for Exceptional Children, Future Educators Association and Student Pennsylvania State Education Association.
    • The Literacy Outreach program offers opportunities to gain experience by providing one-on-one and small group literacy instruction and support for children.
    • Education majors serve as tutors or volunteers in the Reading Club or recreation programs for the Martin Luther King Center's after-school partnerships.

    You Will Learn

    Gannon University's grades 4-8 middle level certification programs lead to a Bachelor of Science degree in one of 13 options, including four dual-certification options with special education preK-grade 8.

    The professional education core emphasizes middle level philosophy and effective strategies for teaching young adolescents. The curriculum includes courses designed to provide expertise in one of two content areas as well as knowledge in all four core academic areas and special education. The courses require field-based experiences totaling more than 300 hours before student teaching.

    Literacy is a key component in all education areas. To enhance learning for middle level majors, the Adolescent Literature course is held at St. Peter Cathedral School as part of a professional development school partnership. Education students develop literacy knowledge through designated projects in the school library or middle level classrooms.

    You Will Experience

    Middle level majors participate in multiple 30-hour and 60-hour field experiences and a full semester of student teaching. Students have the opportunity to experience a variety of 4-8 content classrooms. These experiences allow students to put theory learned in the classroom into action.

    The School of Education places pre-service teachers in diverse school settings in urban, suburban and rural areas within a 25-mile radius, some of which are in walking distance of campus. Field experience options include:

    • alternative education facilities
    • Barber National Institute
    • charter schools
    • Erie Roman Catholic diocesan schools
    • public school districts

    You Will Achieve

    Graduates are prepared for Pennsylvania Level I teaching certification in middle level education grades 4-8. Some graduates also choose to prepare for certification in special education grades preK-8.

    A degree in middle level 4-8 or dual degree in middle level 4-8/special education preK-8 can lead to a variety of career opportunities such as:

    • educator at a zoo or nature center
    • grades 4-6 self-contained classroom teacher
    • grades 7-8 content-specific classroom teacher
    • special education teacher
    • sports coach

    With additional training and experience, these degrees can lead to career opportunities such as:

    • autistic support educator
    • corporate education trainer
    • English as a Second Language teacher
    • guidance counselor
    • principal or superintendent
    • reading or math coach
    • reading specialist
    • special education supervisor
    • supervisor of curriculum and instruction
    • university professor

    You will Study

    Students receive outstanding educational preparation through completion of courses and field experiences such as:

    MLED 200: Planning for the Differentiated Classroom / 60-Hr. Field 

    This course introduces pre-service teachers to creating and managing instruction in the learning environment. They develop standards-based lessons and instruction as part of the scope and sequence of instructional planning. Pre-service teachers are introduced to the approaches for differentiating instruction for adolescents with academic diversity and other special needs.

    EDCR 302: Expressive Arts 

    This course emphasizes the importance of the arts in children's lives. Teacher candidates examine and explore how to help children use art, music, dance, drama and literature to express and communicate their developing ideas, experiences and feelings about themselves and the world. 

    SPED 306: Data Driven Instruction 

    This course focuses on how to choose an assessment tool and how to utilize data from formal, informal and anecdotal assessments to improve the achievement of students with special needs. Participants learn to collect, analyze and use various forms of data to drive instruction related to individualized education plans.

    Liberal Studies Core

    The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is one reflection of Gannon University's commitment to its Catholic identity. The Core's design offers students a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for their undergraduate program.

    You Will Earn

    Salaries in the field vary depending on the location and type of organization.

    • Starting salary: $37,400
    • Mid-career salary: $55,200