MIDDLE LEVEL EDUCATION
The Middle Level Education Program prepares candidates to teach specific content in grade 5 through 8. Completion of the program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. Candidates can choose one of two program options.
- Track #1: Middle Level Education, Literacy (English Language Arts), Reading Teacher and Social
Science. Teacher candidates choosing this track work toward an Illinois Professional Educator
License with 3 endorsements - Middle Level Literacy/English Language Arts, Reading
Teacher and Middle Level Social Science.
- Track #2: Middle Level Education, Mathematics and Science. Teacher candidates choosing this track work toward an Illinois Professional Educator License with 2 endorsements - Middle Level Mathematics and Middle Level Science.
Middle Level Education candidates will be concurrently enrolled in professional education coursework and field/practicum experiences designed to reinforce concepts and skills learned in the university classroom. The field/practicum experience blocks are designed to provide opportunities for candidates to apply course concepts in authentic environments. Required activities and assignments provide candidates with the opportunity to connect theory and practice and prepare candidates for daily classroom responsibilities.
Middle Level Education teacher candidates will observe and participate in a wide range of in-classroom teaching experiences in order to develop the skills and confidence necessary to be an effective teacher. The Elementary Education practicum and student teaching/clinical practice experiences have been designed as a serious apprenticeship that requires teacher candidates to spend one academic year inside schools working alongside veteran Middle Level teachers.
In an effort to better serve teacher candidates, the School of Education has implemented a Disposition Support model. The professional dispositions of candidates are a critical component of development for emerging educators. All Middle Level Education candidates participate in the Disposition Awareness Workshop; the workshop highlights the components (exemplars) of each of the following dispositions:
- Fairness - the commitment demonstrated in striving to meet the educational needs of all persons in a caring, non-discriminatory and equitable manner
- Belief that all students can learn - demonstrating behaviors that are inclusive of all children: using data to make instructional decisions, differentiating instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners and demonstrating cultural responsiveness
- Collaboration – the process where two or more people work together in an intersection of common goals by jointly developing and agreeing to a set of common goals and directions; sharing responsibility for obtaining those goals; and working together to achieve those goals, using the expertise of each collaborator
- Professionalism – the commitment to maintain standards of professional conduct and demonstrate appropriate behavior
- Commitment to learning – the investment of effort in learning along with a commitment to scholarship and professional development