Request More Information About Education – Middle Level (4-8)
Degrees type: Bachelor
Teaching is a demanding vocation that carries with it real responsibilities. Mount Aloysius supports our Education students through one-on-one access, early exposure to the classroom and a commitment to your professional development.
At Mount Aloysius your career preparation includes a sturdy grounding in liberal arts balanced with practical teaching skills, a commitment to embracing technology as a learning resource, and the extensive experience of excellent professors. Education studies at Mount Aloysius reflect the College’s core values of mercy, hospitality, service and justice.
- Both K-4 and 4-8 Certification available
Secondary Education Certification Available
On-campus child care center for observations/trainings
Field placements and early hands-on training
All students are PSEA members
- Teacher (with completion of bachelor’s program)
- Employment at alternative classrooms
- Many have become principals
- Head Start and Pre-K Counts
- Support Services e.g., Pathways to Independence
- Most graduates enroll in a master’s program after graduation, and several pursue doctoral studies.
- EDUC 225 – Child and Adolescent Development for Educators 3 Credits
- EDUC 320 – Applied Learning Strategies for the Exceptional Learner 3 Credits
- EDUC 375 – Introduction to Middle Grades and Secondary Education 3 Credits
- EDUC 435 – Assessment Strategies 3 Credits
- EDUC 465 – Methods of Secondary Social Studies Education 3 Credits
- EDUC 475 – Reading in the Content Area 3 Credits
- EDUC 494 – Middle Level Education Student Teaching 12 Credits
The demand for middle school teachers is expected to rise 6% from 2014 to 2024, an increase of 36,800 jobs.
The average median wage for a middle school teacher (excluding special, career and technical education) in the state of Pennsylvania is $58,950.
Graduates from the program will:
- use their knowledge of the liberal arts to engage students in a curriculum that values life-long learning, and that engages the whole child in all facets of learning including creativity, inquiry, and reflection;
- use effective communication strategies when interacting with various audiences such as students, parents, and other professionals;
- base teaching and learning strategies on child development theories and best practices;
- possess a knowledge of technology as an educational resource, an instructional tool, and as a curriculum component;
- use effective methodology in developing instructional plans that include active engagement in learning, problem solving, critical thinking, and inquiry;
- use differentiated instruction to address the learning needs of a diverse student population including English Language Learners;
- demonstrate the use of informal and formal assessment strategies;
- engage in professional development including scholarly research and writing and innovative and reflective practice that leads to lifelong learning;
- demonstrate a passion for learning and teaching that includes advocacy for students and the profession, service to others, and professional collaboration; and
- be able to gain certification in her or his area of study and gain an entry level position in an educational setting and/or pursue graduate study.
Mount Aloysius Campus Offers Campus Trail Fun
Looking for a fun place to spend time outside? The Mount Aloysius College campus is filled with opportunities to explore the outdoors, including the Mountie Trail!
Classroom to Classroom
Rachel Wagner passes on the lessons and values of MAC’s professors to her own students in the Altoona Area School District!
Student Voices & Success Stories
- Tiffani Finnegan, Class of 2015, is teaching at Chestnut Ridge School District.
- Michaela Villa, Class of 2016, is teaching first grade at Northern Bedford County School District.
- Jennifer Mesoras is Principal at Cambria Elementary School, Central Cambria School District.
Guaranteed Master’s Degree Entrance
Students who complete their undergraduate degree in Education at MAC with certification will be guaranteed admission into the SFU Master of Education degree program. Six credits in the bachelor degree at Mount Aloysius will count towards the master’s degree at St. Francis.
Students who take advantage of the agreement will receive a 15 percent tuition discount for their graduate program as well as a fee-waived application.
- Master of Education, M.Ed. (30 credits), Online
- Master of Education, Leadership Specialization (33 credits), Online option
- Master of Education, Reading Specialist Specialization (30-42 credits)
- Master of Education, Autism Specialization (30 credits), Online
- Master of Education, ESL Specialization (33 credits)
- Master of Education, Special Education (prek-8) Specialization (30-42 credits), Online
- Master of Education, Special Education (7-12) Specialization (30-42 credits), Online
- Master of Education, Special Education Supervisory Specialization (33 credits)
- Master of Education, Principal Specialization (34 credits)
- Master of Special Education, MS. Ed. (30 credits), online
- Master of Special Education, Autism Spectrum Disorder (36-39 credits), online
- Master of Special Education, Special Education Supervisory (39 credits), online
- Maintain a 3.0 throughout their undergraduate education
- Indicate intent at some point during your undergraduate education