CSPG 52 - Middle Level Social Studies Grades 6-9
Modified: April 13, 2023
Middle Level Social Studies Grades 6-9 is a combination of disciplines that study, but are not limited to, individuals' rights and responsibilities, including how individuals facilitate governmental functions and contribute to the well-being of their community through civic action (civics and government); analyze and interpret past events; describe physical and human phenomena that make up the world's environments and places (geography); and describe portions of behavior, past and present activities, interactions and organizations of people associated together for benevolent, cultural, religious, scientific, political, patriotic, or other purposes.
Grade Level Scope of Certificate
A person holding a valid PA certificate for Middle Level Social Studies is qualified to teach respective courses in grades 6 through 9.
An educator holding a valid PA certificate for Middle Level Social Studies is qualified to teach history, civics and government, geography, political science, sociology, psychology, or anthropology.
All individuals teaching social studies at grades 6 through 9 must hold a Middle Level Social Studies certificate or a Social Studies 7-12 certificate.
An educator certified in this field may:
- provide school staff development services regarding their collegial studies/skill;
- serve in the role of mentor or advisor; and
- assist students in understanding the "reading" content area materials related to this subject area.
The certified Middle Level Social Studies educator may teach social studies courses in grades 6, 7, 8 and 9.
Program Specific Guidelines for Certification.
PA Public School Code: §1202, §1212, §1604
22 PA Code: Chapter 4: §4.22(c)(4), §4.23(c)(4), §4.23(e)
Chapter 49: §49.11, §49.81
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, 7/04.
Summary of Changes
|April 13, 2023||Updated formatting|
Updated terminology to be more consistent with other Social Studies-related CSPGs
January 1, 2020||
Updated the CSPG with the current grade scope of the certificate from 7-9 to 6-9
|July 1, 2004||Initial CSPG for Middle Level Social Studies 7-9|