The Middle-Level Program prepares teachers to work with young adolescents in grades 5-9. Upon completion of all tests and other requirements, graduates of the program may hold a Multiple-Subject Credential and a Single-Subject Credential with Authorization to Teach English Learners. They will also receive a CSUSM-issued Certificate of Advanced Study in Middle-Level Education.
Coursework is taught at a middle school site with class sessions and assignments geared to the particular needs of middle school teachers and young adolescent learners. Field experiences are planned and coordinated with a small number of partner middle schools. Supervision of the clinical practice experience is the shared responsibility of a university supervisor (a team member assigned to one school) and an on-site liaison at the middle school (a full-time employee at the site).
This series of courses has been specifically designed to prepare teachers for the diversity of languages often encountered in California public school classrooms. The authorization to teach English learners is met through the infusion of content and experiences within course requirements.
Admission Requirements same as Multiple-Subject with the addition of a passing score on at least one Single-Subject CSET.
All candidates entering programs that result in the issuance of a Multiple- or Single-Subject Credential must pass the embedded Teaching Performance Assessment (TPA) before an online recommendation of the credential can be submitted to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing by the CEHHS, Student Services Office.
Clear Credential Requirements
Successful completion of the program, and state required assessments, results in issuance of a Preliminary 5-year credential. 2042 Standards require employment as a full-time teacher and completion of an induction program, or clear credential requirement to qualify for the Clear Credential.