Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Middle-Level Social Studies (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 - Social Studies, BSED Program Page

Secondary Education/Foundations of Education Department Page

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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 Requirements56-57
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
First Aid Competency0-3
Major Requirements82

* 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 Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
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 one Non-U.S. Goal Course, must be from different departments:6
Introduction to Anthropology (Required) 1
Select one of the following:
Discover Geography 1
World Regional Geography 1
One U.S. Goal Course:
POLS 101American National Government (Required) 13
Human Institutions/Interpersonal Relationships
PSYC 105Introduction to Psychology (Required) 13
Science, Technology & Math
Select four science goal courses (at least two must be from different dpts.):12-13
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
ENGL 410Literature of the Environment (Required)3
Select one of the following goal courses:3
The United Nations and International Law 1
The Political Film 1
Utopian Experiments: Issues of Gender and Power 1
Enrichment Course Requirements
Global Community 23
Human Institutions & Interpersonal Relationships 33
Science, Technology and Mathematics 43
Total Hours57-58


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 335Teaching Middle Level Social Studies 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 13
SPED 315Special Education Issues in Diverse Secondary Classrooms 1,23
Social Studies Certification Specialization
21 credits from Liberal Studies courses, plus 12 credits from below:21
Select one History course from the following:3
Ancient and Medieval World 1
Rise of the Modern World 1
Contemporary World History 1
Select one History course from the following:3
Colonial America to 1815 1
United States, 1815-1920 1
U.S. History Since 1920 1
HIST 435Pennsylvania (Required) 13
Select one Non-Western History course from the following:3
Africa North of the Zambezi 1
Southern Africa 1
History and the Bible 1
History of Jews 1
Egyptology 1
East Asian Military Traditions 1
Modern Asian Pacific Rim 1
Modern China 1
The Contemporary Middle East 1
Total Hours82

Optional Dual Certification in Middle Level and Special Education

  • Middle-level  majors can add special education certification by taking the following courses in addition to those required for the middle-level major:
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

Prerequisites for Admission to Teacher Candidacy

Grades below a “C” are not admissible.

Basic Courses
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
SPED 121Overview of Special Education3
SEFE 230Production and Utilization of Instructional Technology3
SEFE 326ELL Strategies and Practice3
SEFE 370Educational Measurements, Assessment and Evaluation3
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 6-2019
UCC 3.26.2019