Student Developmental Level - Middle Childhood Grades 5-9

Acceptable courses include those middle school education courses that would be required in a middle school education major.

Examples include but are not limited to pedagogical content that is primarily focused on:

  • middle level curriculum development
  • methods of teaching in middle school 
  • interdisciplinary middle level curriculum standards 
  • assessment  of the intellectual, social and physical development of all young adolescents
  • early adolescent psychology

Six semester hours (s.h.) at the appropriate developmental level is required.   Three s.h. must focus exclusively on the middle level education.  The remaining 3 s.h. can include teaching in high school, since grades 7-9 can be in both middle school and high school.  They may also focus upon childhood education since grades 5-6 can be in either a middle school or elementary school setting.

Unacceptable courses include those that focus on:

  • more than two developmental levels such as
    • life span developmental psychology
    • methods of teaching grades K-12
    • child and adolescent psychology
  • early childhood education

If you need further clarification you should review college catalogs of institutions that offer middle level education programs leading to certification to learn about the types of courses that focus on the developmental level in middle level education.  New York State colleges that have approved middle level education programs may be identified by using the Inventory of Registered Programs www.highered.nysed.gov/ocue.

Last Updated: October 6, 2010