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Middle Level Education: Social Studies

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Middle Level Education Social Studies

Become a middle school teacher who and empower students in grades 4-8 to become life-long learners with this specialized teaching degree.

Why study Middle Level Education: Social Studies?

Connect one-on-one with faculty, fellow students, and other professionals through classroom instruction, hands-on learning, and field placements:

  • Prepare to work in the education field with children in grades four through eight teaching history, geography, and human society.
  • Learn the philosophy of middle level education and effective classroom management strategies.
  • Participate in school-based observation and participation each semester and gain real world experience with field experiences beginning with your first semester, pre-student teaching placements, and 14 weeks of student teaching in your last semester.

Receive personalized attention and top-notch instruction in a supportive environment:

  • Our Stairs to Success developmental plan for success will guide you through your time at Keystone.
  • 92% of students receive financial aid.
  • Over 150 scholarships are awarded yearly.

Career Options

  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Middle School Teacher
  • Social Studies Teacher
  • Reading Specialist

Employers

  • Abington Christian Academy
  • Riverside School District
  • Scranton School District
  • Staunton City Public Schools

Exceptional experiences.
Giant outcomes.

13:1

Keystone student-to-faculty ratio

18%

increase in jobs over the next 10 years

$68,110

Median annual salary for middle school teachers

Social Mobility Ranking

Important Resources for Education Students

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Formal Admission

Learn how to apply as an Education student. You must be formally accepted into the education program before being permitted to take 3000/4000 level courses. 

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Teacher Certification Prep

Learn about accelerated programs if you already have your bachelor's degree and want to teach in Pennsylvania.

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Apprenticeship Programs

Learn how high school students interested in early childhood care and those currently working in a the field can gain on the job training and earn college credit.

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Early Field Placement

Learn how to succeed in your first, second, and third year placements. Each field participation provides an opportunity to experience life in the classroom.

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Student Teaching

Learn about student teaching in your senior year.  Student teaching takes place in two seven week periods after all academic course work is complete.

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Clearances

Learn the process for clearances. Any education student wishing to participate in a field experience or student teaching must obtain required clearances every year.

Featured Faculty

Heather Shanks-McElroy, PhD

Heather Shanks-McElroy, PhD

Professor of Education, Program Director for ECE, Child and Family Studies and Graduate Program - ECE Leadership
Jan Kaskey, MS

Jan Kaskey, MS

Professor of Education     
Jeanie Prall, MS

Jeanie Prall, MS

Instructor and Program Director of Middle & Secondary Education and Accelerated Programs
Karen Arcangelo, PhD, NCSP

Karen Arcangelo, PhD, NCSP

Chair of the Education Department, Associate Professor and Program Director of Early Childhood Education/Special Education, and Faculty Coordinator of Adult and Online Learning

Maryellen Tharp, MS

Professor of Education    

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