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​CSPG 51 - Middle Level English Grades 6-9

Modified: December 1, 2018

Middle Level English in grades 6-9 synthesizes learning experiences from elementary studies in English/language arts. These programs help students integrate the application of English syntax (grammar), phonology, morphology, and semantics to prose, verse, literature and informational text, as well as develop abilities to communicate and evaluate ideas through oral and written expression as applicable at the educational levels in grades 6-9.

Grade Level Scope of Certificate

A person holding a valid Pennsylvania certificate for Middle Level English is qualified to teach respective courses in grades 6 through 9.

Certificate Assignment

An educator holding a valid Pennsylvania certificate for Middle Level English is qualified to teach English courses and programs in areas such as: language arts, fiction and non-fiction, grammar and usage, literature, spelling, composition, linguistics, creative writing, playwriting and speechwriting, poetry, speech and presentations, listening skills, and debate.

Certificate Clarification

All individuals teaching English grades 6 through 9 must have achieved a Middle Level English certificate or Secondary English certificate.

Special Considerations

An educator certified in Middle Level English may:

  • Provide professional development;
  • Serve in the role of mentor/advisor; and
  • Assist students in understanding how to read content area materials.


  • The certified Middle Level English educator may teach English courses only in grades 6, 7, 8, or 9.
  • The Middle Level English educator may not teach reading.


Program Specific Guidelines for Certification.

PA Public School Code: §1202, §1212, §1604, §1511

22 PA Code:

Chapter 4: §4.22(c)(1), §4.23(c)(1)

Chapter 49: §49.11, §49.81

Other CSPG's for Reference

Reading Specialist

This revision supersedes all earlier CSPGs carrying this number and/or addressing this subject. Previous printing dates on this subject: 1973, 3/75,3/78, 2/82, 1/87, 9/03,7/14.

Summary of Changes

​Date of Revisions
​Changes to CSPG #51
  • ​Clarified Certification Assignment.
  • Middle Level English 6-9 certificate may not be used to teaching reading.
​7/2014​Middle Level English 7-9 certificate changed to Middle Level
English 6-9 certificate.
​9/2003​Middle Level English 7-9 certificate first issued.