Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Middle-Level English/Language Arts (4-8), Bachelor of Science in Education (BSED) - Liberal Studies

All candidates completing this program and student teaching are eligible to receive Pennsylvania certification after achieving a passing or qualifying score on Pennsylvania Department of Education required exam(s). If you are interested in teaching in another state, please contact the Department of Education in that state.

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Middle-Level Education - English/Language Arts, BSED Program Page

Secondary Education/ Foundations of Education Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

GPA must be 2.8 or higher for Teacher Candidacy.

A 3.0 GPA and passing subject area assessment (PECT) or a 2.8 GPA and a qualifying passing subject area assessment (PECT) score (as determined by PDE) is required for certification.


Liberal Studies Requirements48-49
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
First Aid Competency0-3
Major Requirements79

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Liberal Studies Requirements

See Liberal Studies Guide for Goal and Enrichment choices

Goal Course Requirements
Basic Requirements
ENGL 102Critical Writing 13
The Arts
Select one of the following:3
Overview of Western Art
Overview of World Art
Dance: Art and Culture
Exploring Music
Art of the Theatre
Global Community
Select two Non-U.S. Goal courses from the following list of courses; must be from different departments: 6
Discover Geography
World Regional Geography
Ancient and Medieval World
Rise of the Modern World
Contemporary World History
International Relations
Introduction to Anthropology
Human Diversity
Global Community
Select one U.S. Goal Course from the following list of courses:3
United States and Canada
Colonial America to 1815
United States, 1815-1920
U.S. History Since 1920
American National Government
Taxes in America
Human Institutions/Interpersonal Relationships
INDP 201Principles of Sociology3
or PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology
Science, Technology & Math
Select three science goal courses; at least two must be from different departments:9-10
General Biology
Principles of Biology with Lab
Environmental Biology
Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab
Introduction Chemistry I
General Chemistry I
Environmental Geology
Physical Geology
Concepts of Science I with Lab
Elements of Physics I with Lab
General Physics I with Lab
MATH 113Mathematics as a Liberal Art3
MATH 210Elementary Mathematics I3
STAT 152Elementary Statistics I3
Challenges of the Modern Age
Student must have at least 45 semester hours to enroll in this group of courses
BIOL 300Social and Ethical Issues in Genetics3
or PHYS 317 Space Science
Enrichment Course Requirements
Select one course from three of the following Enrichment areas:9
Total Hours48-49


Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3

First Aid Competency

Complete one of the following:0-3
CPR and First Aid & Safety Certification
First Aid and Safety
Total Hours0-3

Major Requirements

  • 40 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 40 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
  • All grades in Professional Education & Specialization must be grades of “C” or above.
  • To meet the English Language Arts 12 credit Pennsylvania Department of Education requirements, students must complete SEFE 251 - Teaching Reading in the Content Areas Grades 4-8 if they have not completed ENGL 102.
Middle Level Education
SEFE 200Introduction to Education, Teaching Methods and Field 13
SEFE 230Production and Utilization of Instructional Technology 13
SEFE 251Teaching Reading in the Content Areas Grades 4-8 13
SEFE 300Middle Level Cognitive Development 13
SEFE 326ELL Strategies and Practice 13
SEFE 337Teaching Middle Level Language Arts 13
SEFE 338Standards-Based Instruction & Assessment in the Inclusionary Classroom 13
SEFE 342Educational Psychology for Diverse Learners 13
SEFE 370Educational Measurements, Assessment and Evaluation 13
SEFE 380History and Philosophy of Education 13
SEFE 422Practicum in the Middle-Level Grades 11
SEFE 456Student Teaching - Middle Level Grades 1,212
SPED 121Overview of Special Education 1,33
SPED 315Special Education Issues in Diverse Secondary Classrooms 1,23
English Certification Specialization
Six credits from Liberal Studies courses, plus the following courses:6
ENGL 305Practicum: Teaching Writing 13
ENGL 317British Literature I 13
or ENGL 318 British Literature II
ENGL 328Young Adult Literature 13
ENGL 230Introduction to Linguistics and Grammar 13
or ENGL 331 Historical Development of the English Language
ENGL 332Modern English Grammar and Syntax 13
ENGL 319American Literature I 13
or ENGL 320 American Literature II
ENGL 402World Literature 13
COMM 263Mass Media and Society 13
Total Hours79

Optional Dual Certification in Middle Level and Special Education

SPED 230Early Intervention Practices for Students with Disabilities3
SPED 350Universal Intervention3
SPED 360Targeted Instructional and Behavioral Interventions for Neuro-Diverse Learners3
SPED 431Intense Behavioral and Emotional Interventions for Neuro-Diverse Learners3
SPED 432Intensive ELA Interventions for Neuro-Diverse Learners3
SPED 433Assessment Strategies in Special Education3
SPED 434Professional Collaboration and Ethical Practices3
SPED 435Processes and Procedures in Special Education3
Total Hours24

Prerequisites for Admission to Teacher Candidacy

Grades below a “C” are not admissible.

Basic Courses
Select 6 of the following:18
Critical Writing
Critical Reading
Introduction to Education, Teaching Methods and Field
Production and Utilization of Instructional Technology
ELL Strategies and Practice
Educational Measurements, Assessment and Evaluation
Overview of Special Education
Math Requirement for BS in Education
Required prior to Admission to Teacher Candidacy
Select one of the following:3
Elementary Geometry
Elementary Mathematics I
Elementary Mathematics II
STAT 152Elementary Statistics I3
Total Hours24

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

This program is effective as of Fall 2018.
Revised 07/2018