Upper Elementary - Middle-Level (Grades 4-8)

Degree Offered: Associate in Science

Credits Required: 63/64 (2017-2018 Academic Year)

The Upper Elementary - Middle-Level Education program is designed to meet changing requirements in Pennsylvania teacher certification. It combines a selection of education courses and liberal arts electives, including the general education core, which prepares students in areas of communication proficiency, information literacy, technology literacy, scientific and quantitative reasoning, and cultural literacy. 

Graduates may transfer to four-year schools to pursue Grades 4 through 8 Pennsylvania teaching certification. Students are prepared for related positions as teacher assistants, childcare workers, therapeutic staff support, or social work assistants. 

All education students at the Community College of Beaver County are required to have field experience and observation hours. The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires the following three background checks, before participation in field experience and observations: Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Records Check (Act 34), Department of Public Welfare Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 151), and Federal Criminal History Record Information (CHRI). The procedures for obtaining the three reports may be accessed at the Pennsylvania Department of Education website ( or by contacting CCBC Education faculty.


Program Outcomes:

Graduates will be able to

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the challenges related to Special Education issues.
  2. Identify the major issues facing middle level education.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of diversity issues in education.


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Curriculum - 1st Year

First Semester - 15 Credits

CIST 100Introduction to Information Tech 3.00
COMM 201Public Speaking 3.00
EDUC 108Middle Level Education 3.00
PSYC 101General Psychology 3.00
WRIT 101English Composition 3.00

Second Semester - 17 Credits

EDUC 125Instructional Technology 3.00
EDUC 201PAPA Preparation 1.00
LITR 210Concepts of Literature 3.00
MATH 126Statistics 4.00
PSYC 106Human Growth and Development 3.00
 TAOC Category Five (HIST) - 3 credits 

Curriculum - 2nd Year

Third Semester - 17 Credits

EDUC 205Field Experience I 1.00
EDUC 220Teaching English Language Learners 3.00
LITR 207Introduction To Poetry 3.00
LITR 260American Literature 3.00
LITR 262British Literature 3.00
MATH 112Math for Elementary Education I 3.00
PSYC 205Educational Psychology 3.00
 TAOC Category Four - 4 credits 

Fourth Semester - 15/16 Credits

BIOL 110Human Ecology & Heredity 3.00
CHEM 105Principles of Biological Chemistry 3.00
PHYS 110Introduction to Astronomy 3.00
 TAOC Category Four - 3/4 credits 
EDUC 210Field Experience II 3.00
EDUC 230Introduction to Special Education 3.00
MATH 114Math for Elementary Education II 3.00
POLS 101American National Government 3.00

Course Descriptions

CIST 100 - Introduction to Information Tech

A computer course designed to introduce students to personal computers. Topics include basic concepts of computer operations, storage media, software categories, Windows operating system, computer communication devices, and Internet. The course also includes introduction to Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. 3-0-3

COMM 201 - Public Speaking

The emphasis is on speech preparation and delivery in a variety of speaking experiences designed to improve the speaker’s capability through the application of correct speech practices. 3-0-3

EDUC 108 - Middle Level Education

Middle Level Educaiton is designed to provide both the theoretical background and the practical knowledge of middle level philosophy and organization; development and diversity of the emerging adolescents; middle level curriculum, instruction and assessment. Students will be introdued to the middle level instructional strategies such interdisciplinary, thematic instruction, exploratory learning, and team teaching.

PSYC 101 - General Psychology

This course examines the scientific study of behavior and mental processes and provides a survey of the major areas of psychology. Important topics and findings from psychology are reviewed. Topics include the role of science in the study of behavior, the biological foundations of behavior, learning, information processing, stress and health, social interaction, development, motivation, emotion and psychological disorders. 3-0-3

WRIT 101 - English Composition

Students will practice expository writing and learn the academic form of the essay and research paper. Students will focus on the development of an academically sound and challenging thesis and resulting essay. The mechanics of writing will be reviewed as needed. 3-0-3 Pre-requisite: Placement testing; successful completion of DEVS012 Reading and DEVS015 Introduction to College Writing if required, permission of the Division Director.

EDUC 125 - Instructional Technology

This course prepares all students whose careers will regularly require them to integrate technology into presentations, although it is particularly directed at teacher education majors. Students will be introduced to various technology-based media, the preparation and equipment needed to use the media, and the proper occasions for its use. Students will learn to integrate projection, digitized, and network and web-based technologies into their presentations. 3-0-3

EDUC 201 - PAPA Preparation

This course is designed to assist students in meeting requirements for admission into Education programs. It provides students in preparing for the Praxis I exam with drills, strategies, and explanations. 1-0-1

LITR 210 - Concepts of Literature

This course introduces students to the three major forms of literary expression: fiction, poetry, and drama. Significant works from each form will be analyzed to reveal creative techniques, how they represent an author’s time, and how they reflect today’s human condition. Prerequisite: WRIT101 or permission of the department.

MATH 126 - Statistics

This course is an introduction to a field whose ideas and concepts pervade modern society and whose importance in business, technology, science and research in general is considerable and ever growing. The course consists of three parts, namely, descriptive statistics, probability and inferential statistics. Prerequisite: "C" or better in PREP021, appropriate placement score or high school records. 4-0-4

PSYC 106 - Human Growth and Development

This course is a survey of human development from conception to senescence. Attention will be given to the physical, motor, emotional, personality, and social growth of the individual in infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and senescence. 3-0-3

EDUC 205 - Field Experience I

Students will spend a minimum of 30 hours in a secondary or elementary school setting in fulfillment of observations required by the Department of Education. 1-0-1

EDUC 220 - Teaching English Language Learners

Course Catalog Description. As the number of English Language Learners (ELLs) continues to grow in our public schools there is an increased need for highly qualified teachers to instruct them. This course will be an introduction into the varied theories and practicies of teaching English Language Learners. This course will look at some prominent research in the field of second language acquisition and apply it to strategies and best practices used in Pennsylvania, as well as other parts of the country. This course will give students an overview to support effective instruction of students who have a first language other than English. Prerequisite: EDUC108, ERCH100, EDUC105

LITR 207 - Introduction To Poetry

This course is designed to increase students' appreciation of the art of poetry. Various forms of poetry will be discussed as well as the intellectual and emotional responses poetry makes possible. Through reading and interpretive writing assignments, students will explore genres, literary movements and cultural expression in poetry as they develop critical thinking skills. 3-0-3 Prerequisite: WRIT101 or permission of the department

LITR 260 - American Literature

Students will encounter American literature from the Colonial to the Contemporary Periods, with an emphasis on Modern and Contemporary texts, that reflects the American experience of both mainstream and emerging cultures, represents major American literary movements, genres, writers, and works, and explores such issues as the human experience, the American political arena, and common American ideologies. Prerequisite LITR210 3-0-3

LITR 262 - British Literature

An introduction to British literature as a reflection of British culture is experienced through selections ranging from the Middle Ages through contemporary major British writers. Prerequisite: WRIT101 or permission of instructor

MATH 112 - Math for Elementary Education I

This course employs a problem-solving approach to basic mathematical concepts and techniques that constitute the elementary school mathematics curriculum. Problem solving techniques are discussed, including reasoning, pattern recognition, algorithms, estimation, and mental math. Set and function concepts, whole numbers, integers, and rational numbers are explored. Other topics include numeration systems and number theory. Prerequisite: "C" or better in PREP021, appropriate placement score or appropriate high school records. 3-0-3

PSYC 205 - Educational Psychology

A course for Pre-Education majors, human learning in the educational setting is presented with theories of learning and teaching, the development of the child, creativity, individual differences, and standardized testing. Prerequisite: PSYC101 3-0-3

BIOL 110 - Human Ecology & Heredity

This course studies the interaction of man with his environment. Such topics as overpopulation, pollution, behavior, drugs, and evolution will be discussed in terms of how they affect the well being of man. Resource speakers and field trips will be an integral part of the course. No prior science background is necessary. 3-0-3

CHEM 105 - Principles of Biological Chemistry

This course introduces students to the compounds of carbon and the role that these compounds play in living organisms 3-0-3

PHYS 110 - Introduction to Astronomy

This is an introductory course in the concepts of Astronomy. Emphasis is geared toward the student who wishes to acquire a beginning knowledge of astronomical phenomena. Topics are approached on a qualitative basis by the use of videos, classroom discussions, demonstrations, the World Wide Web, and off-campus activities. 3-0-3

EDUC 210 - Field Experience II

Students will spend a minimum of thirty hours in an Elementary-Middle Level (Grades 4-8) school setting or a Secondary Level (Grades 7-12) school setting in fulfillment of requirements for either respective teacher certificate area, as mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. This stage may be called the assistant phase of field experience. As part of this stage, the student will work under the direction of a certified teacher, generally with small gourps of students. Activities could include tutoring, helping with reading assignments, and small group instruction. Pre-Requisite: EDUC205 Note: Students will need to complete Department of Public Welfare Child Abuse History Clearance, Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Records Check, and Federal Criminal History Record Information (CHRI), prior to observations. Go to the Pennsylvania Department of Education website (, scroll to and click on "Act 34 and 151 Background Checks") for detailed information and procedures.

EDUC 230 - Introduction to Special Education

Students are introduced to a wide range of subject matter, from the history of special educaton to challenges facing special education. Students will apply research to create active classroom strategies that illustrate an awareness of the concerns of special education. Prerequisite: EDUC108, EDUC105, ERCH100

MATH 114 - Math for Elementary Education II

This course is a continuation of MATH112 Elementary Mathematics for Education I. The focus of this course is to increase student understanding and skills in the following elementary mathematics curriculum areas: decimals and percents, statistics and probability, geometry and measurement. Emphasis will be on the understanding of these topics, techniques for presenting them to elementary students, and adherence to the state and national standards. Prerequisite: "C" or better in MATH112. 3-0-3

POLS 101 - American National Government

This course considers the evolution of the principles, form, and operation of our governmental systems with special emphasis on constitutional issues and the various means for the resolution of conflicts. 3-0-3