Middle Level Education

    • Study at Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, Ireland and travel throughout Europe.
    • Work on creative projects such as Crayons for K.I.D.S., where used crayons are remolded for use by individuals with disabilities.
    • Take part in the internationally recognized Growing Readers community service program.
    • Travel to Jordan or Thailand during the summer to teach English to school-age children and facilitate camp experiences while being immersed in the regional culture.
    • Be an active member and leader in three student-led professional organizations.
    • Build a quality, unique professional portfolio beginning freshman year.
    • Participate in and present at local, state, and national education conferences.
    • Gain teaching experience beyond required fieldwork by providing instruction for children who participate in the Literacy Outreach or Millcreek Summer Literacy programs.

    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-8. Dual certifications increase employment opportunities.

    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 or 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 a local school. 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 four to eight 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. These Bachelor of Science degrees can lead to a variety of career opportunities such as:

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

    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

    Education majors gain a variety of experiences in public, private and diocesan schools in urban, suburban and rural locations. Further, a number of special education courses allow students opportunities to gain strategies to successfully educate diverse populations. Some examples of coursework include:

    MLED 200: Instructional Design and the Middle Level Classroom/Field Experience

    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. The field experience is completed over 10 weeks.

    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