GMercyU Bachelor’s Degree in Middle Level Education with Certification Option

Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree in Middle Level Education (Grades 4-8)

Prepare to Change the Lives of Students

"My scholars are gold to me. They're world changers." --Jason Dabney '10, who teaches 5th grade at Laura H. Cornell Elementary School

If you want to have a rewarding career in which you inform and shape young minds, consider pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Education from Gwynedd Mercy University. GMercyU's B.S. in Middle Level Education degree (Grades 4-8) includes a math/science concentration and a path to teacher certification.  It also offers several advantages over other programs, including dedicated personal advisors and access to Teachscape® technology.

The GMercyU Difference

Help 4th through 8th Graders Achieve Academic Success 

GMercyU’s middle level education degree will help you make a real difference in the lives of today’s students. Through access to state-of-the-art classrooms and guidance from qualified faculty, you will prepare to teach students how to achieve academic success during a critical time in their educations – grades 4 through 8.  This program focuses on middle level education with a math/science concentration and offers a path to teacher certification.  

Upon completion of this program and the passing of the required Pennsylvania Department of Education tests, you will be eligible to apply for Grades 4-8 certification in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Be prepared for today’s inclusive classroom

Since today’s classrooms include students with many different learning styles and abilities, it’s essential to be prepared to effectively support all of your students, including those with special education needs.  Completing a dual major in Middle Level Education and Special Education will significantly enhance the value of your degree.

Upon completion of this program and the passing of the required Pennsylvania Department of Education tests, you will be eligible to apply for Middle Level (Grades 4-8) Math/Science certification and Special Education (PreK-8) certification in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and then teach in a public, private or charter school.  

At GMercyU, we have a long history of helping students become the best teachers they can be.  With state-of-the-art classrooms and dedicated faculty, you can develop the skills and experience needed to become an exceptional teacher of students in grades 4 through 8.  

Our program includes:

  • Teacher Apprentice Program (TAP) that lets you participate in classroom observations  beginning in your first semester
  • Teachscape ® Technology that provides: 
    • Real-time feedback on your classroom teaching through panoramic video capture managed by our dedicated Teachscape coordinator
    • Improved instructional practice and leadership through online resources and tutorials
    • A video that showcases your instructional, administrative and counseling skills, that you can use during interviews
  • A personal advisor who will guide you through all four years
  • Dedicated Field Placement Director 
    • Dr. John Batchelor will help ensure you have a successful student teaching experience.
  • Certification Coordinator for Education
    • Once on the teacher certification track, Dr. William Warner will ensure you meet all requirements to become a certified teacher in Pennsylvania.

Meet the Dean of the School of Business and Education

Heather Pfleger, EdDDr. Heather Pfleger, EdD

Heather Pfleger is Professor and Dean of the School of Business and Education at Gwynedd Mercy University, a position she has held since the fall of 2011.  Prior to her career in higher education, Dr. Pfleger worked in the banking industry as an economist.

Undergraduate Minors 

Increase the value of your degree by adding an undergraduate minor. GMercyU offers a wide variety of minors so you can choose the one that best meets your personal and professional goals.


In addition to general education and math or science requirements, you will complete the following education courses:

Core Courses:  45 Credits

EDU 112    Philosophical Foundation of Middle Education 
EDU 245 Methods & Materials for Middle Grades : Reading Across Curriculum
EDU 372  Math Methods for the Middle Level Grades 4-8
EDU 373 Methods & Materials for Middle Grades: Science
EDU 374 Methods & Materials for Middle Grades – Social Studies
EDU 351 Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners
SPE 205 Exceptional Person
SPE 231  Mid/Moderate Disabilities in the Inclusionary Setting
SPE 331  Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment Methods for Mid/Moderate Disabilities
EDU 415 Pre-Student Teaching Pre K-8
EDU 4000 Capstone Seminar 
EDU 480  Student Teaching/Classroom Management/Educational
Technology  (12 Credits)

Special Education Certification – Additional Courses

SPE 232  

Students with Complex Needs in the Educational Setting

SPE 332   Research-Based Practices in the Assessment and Instruction of Students

Credit Requirements
A minimum of 132 credits in required for a bachelor’s degree in middle level education 
math/science (grades 4-8) with a path to teacher certification.

To review course descriptions, please refer to the undergraduate catalog (PDF).

Transfer Opportunities

If you’ve already earned college-level credits at other accredited institutions, you can transfer them to Gwynedd Mercy University. All you need to do is submit your transcript and a course description to the Registrar, who will determine whether the course counts towards the credits required for graduation. Read more on our Transfer Credits page.

Our Outstanding Faculty

Career Outcomes

A bachelor's degree in Middle Level Education will help you achieve your dream of becoming a teacher.

Where our graduates work after graduation

•    AIM Academy
•    Allentown School District
•    Annville-Cleona High School
•    Bridge TEFL
•    Bright Eyes Academy
•    Bucks County Intermediate Unit
•    Capital City High School
•    Central Montgomery MH/MR Center
•    Esperanza Academy Charter HS
•    Gwynedd Mercy University
•    NECC MH/MR Early Intervention

•    Neshaminy School District
•    Norristown School District
•    North Penn School District
•    Our Lady of Mercy
•    Pencil Box
•    Pennridge School District
•    Philadelphia School District
•    Radnor School District
•    Source4teachers
•    The Goddard School
•    The Malvern School
•    Wissahickon School District