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Education: Middle Level

Education: Middle Level

A major in Middle Level Education prepares students for challenging and rewarding careers teaching children in grades 4-8. Students in this major will have substantive content courses in one or two areas and will be eligible for teaching in those content areas in the 4th through 8th grades.

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Michelle Masucci, Class of 2015, Middle Education Major

Throughout my time at Chestnut Hill College, I have been able to interact with inspiring professors who not only teach me important concepts, but also about myself.

Why did you choose Chestnut Hill College?

I chose Chestnut Hill College because I wanted a more intimate education experience and because they were one of only a few schools that offered a Middle School Education Major.

Is there any advice you can give to an incoming CHC student who would like to pursue education as their major?

I would advise incoming CHC students to keep on top of their PAPA and PRAXIS tests. Even though the teachers are there whenever you need them, they cannot hold your hand every step of the way. I would also tell incoming students to get involved on campus and get to know your professors outside of the classroom. The professors at CHC have much more to offer than simply fulfilling curriculum requirements. Through my interaction with my teachers I have become a more confident, empathetic and intelligent person.

Michelle's Experience
Program Information

The Middle Level Education program offers five concentrations including:

  • ERLA (English/Reading/Language Arts) 
  • ERLA & Math
  • ERLA & Science
  • Math & Science
  • Social Studies 

For more information about major requirements, view the Education section of the catalog.

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Student Teaching

Our partnerships with public, private and parochial schools in surrounding urban, suburban, and rural school districts offer students a rich tapestry of classroom teaching experiences. Chestnut Hill College education programs require students to begin as volunteers, advance to teaching lessons two half-days a week, and then take charge of a full classroom of young students. These classroom environments increase the opportunities for our majors to gain valuable real-world experience. In fact, it's not uncommon for a student teaching experience to lead to full-time employment upon graduation.

Career Opportunities

Across the nation, teachers who have been teaching for 25 years or more are retiring from the profession. Since 2010 this mass retirement has opened up more than 10,000 new teaching positions per year. New teachers can choose from a variety of classroom settings that match their background, college preparation, and particular philosophies.

Positions are currently available in the following settings:

  • Private schools that offer specialized curricula, usually connected to a specific philosophy.
  • Parochial schools that offer specialized curricula woven with specific faith teachings.
  • Public schools including charter schools that offer curricula aligned to state and national standards, with many varieties of organizational structures.