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.) must focus exclusively on middle level education. If you have a NYS electronic College Recommendation that appears in your TEACH account for either a Literacy 5-12 or for a middle childhood 5-9 certificate, you will be credited with the requirement.

Unacceptable courses include those that focus on:

  • more than one developmental level such as
    • life span developmental psychology
    • methods of teaching grades K-12
    • child and adolescent psychology

  • early childhood, childhood or secondary education

If you need further clarification you should review college catalogs of institutions that offer middle childhood Grades 5-9 education programs leading to certification to learn about the types of courses that focus on the middle level developmental level.  New York State colleges that have approved middle level education programs may be identified by using the Inventory of Registered Programs .

Last Updated: October 22, 2015