La Salle University offers an innovative and combined program in middle level studies and special education that is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and leads to an Instructional I certification in Middle Level Social Studies: grades 4–6 in all subject areas, grades 7 and 8 in social studies, and special education in PreK–8.
- Small class size and individualized attention by faculty
- Field experiences beginning in the freshman year
- Integrated course work in the junior year with practical experience in area schools with which La Salle has a unique partnership
- One full semester of student teaching
Students enrolled in the ESMD program also minor in American Studies (AMST). The American Studies minor views American culture through the perspectives of three interdisciplinary courses as well as through courses in American history, literature, philosophy, religion, and fine arts.