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​CSPG 54 - Middle Level Science Grade 6-9

​Instructional Area Code 2880
Modified: June 8, 2023

Middle Level Science in grades 6-9, provides extensive studies in the sciences addressing universal properties and fundamental concepts of life, physical and earth and space science, forensic science, as well as biological sciences studies. 

Grade Level Scope of Certificate

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

Certification Assignment

An educator holding a valid PA certificate for Middle Level Science is qualified to teach Life Science, Biology, General Science, General Physical Science, Environmental Science, Forensic Science, Earth and Space Science, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) courses. (Other Instructional certificates may teach STEM courses based on course content and the type of credit being given.) 

Special Considerations

An educator certified in this field may:

  • provide professional development related to their collegial studies;
  • serve in the role of mentor or advisor; and
  • assist students in understanding how to read content area materials.

Certification Clarification

All individuals teaching Science at grades 6 through 9 must have achieved a Middle Level Science certificate, or the appropriate Secondary Science certificate.  

Restrictions

The certified Middle Level Science educator may only teach science courses in grades 6, 7, 8, and/or 9.  Teachers who hold a Grades 4-8 certificate with Science concentration (3100-05) may teach science to students in grades 4-8 only.

References

Program Specific Guidelines for Middle Level Certification

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

22 PA Code:

Chapter 4: §4.21(c)(3)(f)(3), §4.22(c)(3), §4.23(c)(3)

Chapter 49: §49.11, §49.81

Other CSPG’s for Reference

General Science, Biology, Earth and Space Science, Environmental Science, Expansion of Secondary (7-12) Certifications to Sixth Grade, Grades 4-8

THIS REVISION SUPERSEDES ALL EARLIER CSPG’S CARRYING THIS NUMBER AND/OR ADDRESSING THIS SUBJECT. PREVIOUS PRINTING DATES ON THIS SUBJECT: 1973, 3/75, 3/78, 2/82, 1/87

Summary of Changes

Date of RevisionsMajor Changes to CSPG #54
​June 8, 2023
  • ​Added forensic science and STEM to certification assignment
  • Updated formatting
January 1, 2020
Updated the CSPG with the current grade scope of the certificate from 7-9 to 6-9
July 1, 2004Initial CSPG for Middle Level Science 7-9