Graduate Teacher Education

Initial Teacher Certification - Middle Grades Education (MGE) Program: Grades 4-8

Special Program Note: Regarding MGE course availability and scheduling [pdf]. If you are a current student or considering entering the Middle Grades Education program at Temple, please review this important information from the Teaching & Learning Department Chair as you plan your program and courses.

The graduate Middle Grades Education program prepares students for middle level teaching (fourth to eighth grades). Middle grades teachers, particularly in math and science education, are increasingly sought out and in high-demand in Pennsylvania as well as across the country.

The College of Education program in Middle Grades Education is designed to ensure not only that there are certified teachers to fill the growing vacancies, but that our students graduate highly knowledgeable about learning and teaching as well as committed to pre/adolescent learners from diverse ethnic, economic and geographic backgrounds. To that end, our program focuses on building deep content-specific pedagogical knowledge aligned to the breadth of academic standards and the wide-ranging developmental needs of middle grades students.

Our newly designed program stands out as cutting-edge because we prepare graduate students to teach in both the upper elementary and middle grades classrooms. In addition to becoming certified to teach all elementary subjects in 4-6th, all Middle Grades Education students will pursue dual certification for 7-8th grades in one of the following concentrations:

  • Math and Science
  • Math and Language Arts/English
  • Science and Language Arts/English

Admission Requirements

Candidates must meet the general admission standards of the College of Education and the Graduate School. A personal interview is not required.

Prerequisites for Admission

Prerequisites for admission to the Middle Grades Education specialization include courses in the following three areas.  Courses can be undergraduate or graduate level courses with a grade of "C" or better.

  1. At least four courses (or 12 semester hours) each in two of the chosen concentration areas (i.e., math and science, science and language arts, or math and language arts).  [Note: Students pursing science as one of their two concentration areas are advised to have at least one life science, one earth science, and one physical science course.  Students pursing math as one of their two concentration areas are advised to have at least three credits of calculus, with other math credits being at a similar level or beyond.  Students pursuing language arts should have at least one composition course and at least one American or British literature course.  Basic or remedial courses do not count towards the language arts prerequisites.]
  2. At least two courses (6 semester hours) in the other content area (i.e., math, science, or language arts). At least two courses (6 semester hours) in U.S. History, American Government, or World History.

The middle grades advisor makes the determination of which courses can count as fulfilling these subject matter prerequisites.  Prospective students can apply and gain a delayed admittance to the program with up to four course prerequisites not yet met.

  1. State and federal criminal background checks, a TB test, and a child abuse clearance are required to be eligible to complete the program. See Required Clearances for Working in Pennsylvania Schools for more information.

Minimum Testing Requirements:

In order to be admitted to the program, applicants must pass: 

  • PRAXIS II 5158 -- Middle Level Mathematics 4-8 -- Minimum Score: 173 (Effective 4/2/12)
    PRAXIS II 5159 -- Middle Level Science 4-8 -- Minimum Score: 156 (Effective 4/2/12)
    PRAXIS 5156 -- Middle Level English 4-8 -- Minimum Score: 156 (Effective 4/2/12) 

    See also Temple students' guide to Testing Requirements for Middle Grades Education.
  • Non-native speakers of English must take the TOEFL examinations. Scores of at least 575 are necessary for admission to the program (230 on the computer based version). Students who score between 575 and 600 (230-250 on the computer- version) must take an English refresher course.

Minimum GPA Requirement:

Applicants are expected to have a minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a scale of 4.0.  There are two types of possible exceptions.

  1. Standard exceptions:

    • 3.5 UGPA during the last two years.
    • Minimum of 3.25 Graduate GPA for nine hours (typically taken as a non-degree seeking student in the GCP).
  2. Special exceptions: Applicants who do not meet regular admission criteria may be considered for a special exception if a compelling case can be made for admitting them.  These special exceptions will only be rarely granted.

Credit for Graduate Study Prior to Admission

Students may take up to, but not more than, nine semester hours of graduate study in the GCP before being admitted to the program. The credits will transfer into the program, if the student is admitted. Students enrolling in certification courses before being admitted to the program are NOT guaranteed admission.

How to Apply:

A completed application will include:

  • Graduate School Online Application – NOTE: select application type “Teacher Certification EdM”. Under "Planned Course of Study" select: "Middle Grades Education-MED" and then indicate your desired concentration area.
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges and graduate schools attended.
  • Praxis II score report.
  • Two (2) professional letters of recommendation [pdf] are required. Letters of recommendation should be obtained from college/university faculty members and others who can provide insight into the applicant's academic competence.
  • Statement of Professional Plans and Goals. In the Statement of Goals, applicants should indicate their goals and objectives for obtaining teacher certification in their speciality area. The statement should be approximately 500-1,000 words in length and should include the following elements:  your specific interest in Temple’s program; your future career goals; any job-related experiences that are relevant to the program; and your academic and research achievements and interests.
  • A current professional resume.
  • TOEFL examinations scores for non-native speakers of English. Non-native speakers of English must take the TOEFL examinations. TOFEL scores of at least 575 are necessary for admission to the program (230 on the computer based version). Students who score between 575 and 600 (230-250 on the computer-version) must take an English refresher course.

Submitting Your Materials

See the Application Checklist for complete details on how to submit your application materials. Required supplemental materials should be sent attention to:

Office of Enrollment Management 
College of Education, Temple University
150 Ritter Annex (003-00)
1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6091

Please allow delivery and processing time before your application will be reviewed. For faster service, the College of Education at Temple University also receives supporting application materials for graduate admissions electronically via the Interfolio service.

It is the student's responsibility to see that everything is completed by the deadline date.

Application deadlines:

To be considered for admission, your complete application, including all required supplemental materials must be post-marked no later than:

  • To begin your program in summer or fall, apply by: April 1
  • To begin your program in spring, apply by: October 1

Completed applications received by the deadline are guaranteed a decision for the upcoming term. Applications received after the stated deadlines will be reviewed on a space available basis. Once an application is complete and all required materials have been received, students can expect to receive a decision within 30 days (excluding summer).

We strongly encourage applicants to apply early and to periodically check TUPortal ( as to the status of their materials.