Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Middle-Level English/Language Arts (4-8), Bachelor of Science in Education (BSED) - Rock 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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If you are a Liberal Studies student, please click here for your Curriculum Guide.

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.


Rock Studies Requirements42
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer 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.

Rock Studies Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139University Seminar 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
STAT 152Elementary Statistics I3
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
HIST 140Spotlight on the Past3
Social Science Inquiry
POLS 101American National Government3
Natural Sciences Inquiry
SCI 101Science of Life3
Physical Sciences Inquiry
SCI 102Understanding the Physical World3
Additional Rock Studies Requirements (12 credits)
SPED 121Overview of Special Education3
MATH 210Elementary Mathematics I3
MATH 310Elementary Mathematics II3
COMM 217Intercultural Communication3
Total Hours42

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.
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
ENGL 102Critical Writing 33
ENGL 104Critical Reading 33
COMM 217Intercultural Communication 33
Required Courses
COMM 263Mass Media and Society (Required)3
ENGL 305Practicum: Teaching Writing (Required)3
ENGL 328Young Adult Literature (Required)3
Select four of the following classes:12
Introduction to Linguistics and Grammar
Historical Development of the English Language
Introduction to Shakespeare
British Literature I
British Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
Modern English Grammar and Syntax
World Literature
Total Hours79

Grades 4-6 Core Content Areas

  • 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.
Social Studies
HIST 140Spotlight on the Past 13
POLS 101American National Government 13
SEFE 380History and Philosophy of Education 23
Select one of the following:3
Ancient and Medieval World
Rise of the Modern World
Contemporary World History
Colonial America to 1815
United States, 1815-1920
U.S. History Since 1920
MATH 118Elementary Geometry3
MATH 210Elementary Mathematics I 13
MATH 310Elementary Mathematics II 13
STAT 152Elementary Statistics I 13
SCI 101Science of Life 13
SCI 102Understanding the Physical World 13
Select two of the following classes from different departments:6
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
Total Hours36

Prerequisites for Admission to Teacher Candidacy

  • Grades below a “C” are not admissible.

Basic Courses
Select six 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

This program is effective as of Fall 2019.
Revised 11-2019
UCC 10.15.2019 

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

Recommended Rock Studies Four-Year Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
HIST 140 Spotlight on the Past 3
INDS 101 FYRST Seminar 1
SCI 101 Science of Life 3
STAT 152 Elementary Statistics I 3
SUBJ 139University Seminar 1 3
Computer Competency Requirement 2 0-3
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 3
MATH 118 Elementary Geometry 3
SCI 102 Understanding the Physical World 3
SEFE 200 Introduction to Education, Teaching Methods and Field 3
Select one of the following: 3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice  
Ethics and Civil Discourse  
Civil Discourse and Democracy  
Second Year
POLS 101 American National Government 3
SEFE 230 Production and Utilization of Instructional Technology 3
SPED 121 Overview of Special Education 3
History Survey 3
First Aid Competency 3 0-3
COMM 217 Intercultural Communication 3
COMM 263 Mass Media and Society 3
MATH 210 Elementary Mathematics I 3
SEFE 326 ELL Strategies and Practice 3
Third Year
ENGL 328 Young Adult Literature 3
MATH 310 Elementary Mathematics II 3
SEFE 370 Educational Measurements, Assessment and Evaluation 3
SEFE 380 History and Philosophy of Education 3
Creative & Aesthetic Inquiry 3
ENGL 305 Practicum: Teaching Writing 3
SEFE 251 Teaching Reading in the Content Areas Grades 4-8 3
SEFE 300 Middle Level Cognitive Development 3
SEFE 342 Educational Psychology for Diverse Learners 3
ENGL Course Major 3
Fourth Year
SEFE 337 Teaching Middle Level Language Arts 3
ENGL Course Major 3
SEFE 338 Standards-Based Instruction & Assessment in the Inclusionary Classroom 3
SEFE 422 Practicum in the Middle-Level Grades 1
ENGL Course Major 3
ENGL Course Major 3
SEFE 456 Student Teaching - Middle Level Grades 12
SPED 315 Special Education Issues in Diverse Secondary Classrooms 3
 Total Hours**122-128

Major Code: 1231
Revised: 01.20.2021

** This document is meant to serve as a guide. Some planners may show more than 120 credits because faculty have created flexibility in choosing courses.  However, only 120 credits are required to obtain a degree. Please consult with your academic adviser and refer to your curriculum guide prior to registering for courses. This plan should be reviewed, and verified, by you and your academic adviser at least once each academic year.