Elementary/Middle School Dual Certification

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Double your potential and prepare to teach grades 1-9.

Take advantage of the opportunity to excel in a career where preparation is key when you complete this rare dual certification in grades 1-9. When you combine the broad knowledge of an elementary school teacher with the awareness and specialization required for middle school classrooms, you'll possess a sought after skill set.

You’ll choose a focus in a general area like math, science, social studies or English and learn about strategies that suit middle schoolers’ particular needs, all while gaining a deep knowledge of elementary educational development and experience in the field. Your Frostburg degree will mark you as an exceptionally well-prepared professional who can confidently take the reins of any elementary or middle grade classroom.

FSU’s program is the first and currently the only bachelor’s degree in Maryland that prepares students for dual certification to teach in middle and elementary schools.

  • Get ready for future success with experience-based courses that let you learn in real-world classrooms.
  • Earn your degree from a university with a history and a reputation for training strong, dynamic teachers.


Elementary/Middle School Dual Certification Program Highlights

  • Choose to concentrate on middle school education in grades 4-9.

  • Excel as a teacher with your unique training. Choose to focus your teaching internships in either elementary or middle school, with 15 weeks in one and 6 in the other to give you a well-rounded experience.

  • Enjoy FSU’s amazing teaching facilities and resources, which include the Children’s Literature Centre and a collaborative partnership with local public schools.

  • Spend a semester in Limerick, Ireland, with FSU's direct exchange program with Mary Immaculate College, which boasts strong education programs and allows you to pay FSU tuition while studying abroad.

What can I do with an Elementary/Middle School Dual Certification degree?


Median pay for Elementary/Middle School Dual Certification program graduates (BLS 2021)

Related Occupations

Secondary School Teacher


Elementary School Teacher

Due to a scarcity of teachers trained specifically for the field, teaching positions in middle school classrooms typically see higher rates of turnover, creating great opportunities for those prepared for middle-grade students. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics also expects a significant number of older elementary and middle school teachers to reach retirement age soon, which will create an increased demand for teachers in general. The need for teachers will vary by region, based on population dynamics and, for public schools, government funding. For more information, check out the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ pages on Kindergarten and Elementary Teachers and Middle School Teachers (U.S. Government Occupational Outlook Handbook).

What You'll Learn

You will possess a sought-after skillset that combines the broad knowledge of an elementary teacher with the awareness and specialization required for middle school classrooms.
  • Study students, teachers and learning environments, including the philosophical and historical foundations of the American educational system.
  • Supervised practicum at the early childhood, elementary and middle school levels. Joint supervision by school system and university personnel. Daily, full-day clinical experience. When taken during the fall semester, includes a multiple-day, beginning-of-school experience.

Our Alumni

Our elementary-middle school dual certification graduates have gone on to a work in public and private elementary and middle schools through the State of Maryland and across the country.


Job Titles

  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Middle School Teacher


  • Allegany County Public Schools
  • Washington County Public Schools
  • Anne Arundel County Schools
  • Garrett County Public Schools

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