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