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This +1 Accelerated Program offers Geology undergraduate majors in the College of Science and Technology the exciting opportunity to complete their undergraduate degree AND, then, in the year following, a Master’s Degree in Middle Grades Education. The master's program meets the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s program requirements for Teacher Certification in Middle Grades Education (Grades 4-8). In addition to becoming certified to teach all elementary subjects in 4-6th, all Middle Grades Education students will pursue certification for 7-8th grades in one of the following certification areas:
These four graduate courses are to be completed by the end of your senior year and will count towards both your undergraduate and graduate degree program requirements:
Only students who have been accepted for the +1 Accelerated Program will be able to register for these classes as undergraduates. The graduate courses will be coded as undergraduate courses on your undergraduate transcript and undergraduate tuition will be applied. After you matriculate into the +1 Accelerated Program, the graduate level indicator will be added to these courses so that they may also count towards your master's degree.
In your senior year, after you have been admitted to the +1 Accelerated Program in Middle Grades Education, you will be required to make a formal application to the Graduate School. In order to be approved to complete your graduate degree with an additional year of coursework, by the time of this application, you must have completed all the required prerequisites for admission to the Master's in Education program in Middle Grades Education with a concentration in your anticipated teacher certification area(s).
Prerequisites can be undergraduate or graduate level courses with a grade of "C" or better. The middle grades advisor makes the determination of which courses can count as fulfilling these subject matter prerequisites.
Undergraduate & Graduate Affairs
Tim Fukawa-Connelly, associate professor, is program coordinator of the Middle Grades Education program.