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Middle Level Education Program


The Middle Level Education Program prepares candidates to teach specific content in grade five through grade eight. Completion of the program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree and prepares candidates to obtain an Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) with endorsements in:

  • middle-level education, language arts, reading teacher and social science

 OR 

  • middle-level education, mathematics and science 

The Middle Level Education Program consists of general education and professional education courses that address requirements for graduation and the State of Illinois requirements for licensure.

University General Education and Illinois State Board of Education Coursework Requirements

Level I courses

    • TRANS 100: Transitions (1)
    • FYS 175: First-Year Seminar (3)
    • PHIL 140: The Examined Life (3)
    • ENGL 120: Rhetoric and Writing (3)
    • COMM 101: Speech Fundamentals (3)
    • Mathematics (1 course) (3)

Level II courses

  • 2 Natural Science courses (6)
    • Life Science
    • Physical Science
  • 2 Social Science courses (6)
    • 2 different disciplines
  • 2 History courses (6)
  • 2 courses in Art, Humanities, Literature, Music
    • 2 different disciplines (6)
  • 1 200 or 300 level Philosophy course (in addition to PHIL 140 or PHIL 150) (3)
  • 2 Religious Studies courses (6)

Level III Global and Diversity Studies course requirements

  • 2 courses in Diversity Studies (6)
  • 2 courses in Global Studies/Foreign Languages (6)

Note: Students complete the two-course requirement in diversity studies and the two-course requirement in global studies while completing either program requirements in their major or general education requirements in Level II. Genderal education requirements in global studies and diversity studies should not add additional hours in the general education program.

8-Semester Course of Study (cohort model)

Middle Level -- Language Arts, Reading Teacher and Social Science

Freshman I (16 credits)

  • EDU 103: Professional Educators Seminar I (0)
  • TRANS 100: Transitions (1)
  • FYS 175: Religious Studies (3)
  • ENG 120: Rhetoric and Writing (3)
  • MATH 112: College Algebra (3)
  • POLSCI 101: Intro to U.S. Government (3)
  • HIST 101: World History to 1500 (3)

Freshman II (18 credits)

  • EDU 104: Professional Educators Seminar II (0)
  • COMM 101: Speech Fundamentals (3)
  • PHIL 140: The Examined Life (3)
  • Fine Arts Elective (3)
  • ENG 202: English Literature Since 1700 - Global Studies (3)
  • HIST 102: World History Since 1500 (3)
  • Life Science Elective (3)

Sophomore I (18 credits)

  • EDU 105: Professional Educators Seminar III (0)
  • Philosophy Elective 200+ (3)
  • Religious Studies Elective (3)
  • SOCSCI 101: World Geography (3)
  • HIST 230: Illinois History (3)
  • EDU 209: Literature for Children and Adolescents (3)
  • ENG 155: Introduction to Literature - Global Studies (3)

Sophomore II (18 credits)

  • EDU 216: Middle School Mentoring/edTPA Seminar I - Hybrid (2)
  • EDU 323: Survey Students with Exceptionalities (3)
  • EDU 282: Reading Informational Text in the Content Areas (3)
  • EDU 364: Methods of Teaching ESL (3)
  • ENG 204: American Literature since 1865 (3)
  • SOCSCI 105: Economics for the Social Sciences (3)
  • EDUL 311: Sophomore II Field Experience Block (1)

Junior I (18 credits)

  • EDU 217: Middle School/edTPA Mentoring Seminar II - Hybrid (2)
  • EDU 200: Introduction to the Profession of Teaching (3)
  • EDUL 200: SOE Orientation (0)
  • EDU 318: Foundations and Methods of Teaching Literacy and Language Arts (3)
  • EDU 308: Managing the Middle Level Classroom: Behavior Management and Instructional Planning (2)
  • HIST 190: Economic Development in U.S. History (3)
  • PHSCI 201: Physical Science for Teachers (4)
  • EDUL 321: Junior I Field Experience Block (1)

Junior II (18 credits)

  • EDU 218: Middle School/edTPA Mentoring Seminar III - Hybrid (2)
  • EDU 379: Middle Level Assessment and Data Informed Instruction (2)
  • EDUL 379 Middle Level Assessment and Data Informed Instruction LAB (0)
  • EDU 317: Young Adolescent Development (2)
  • EDU 383: Supporting Struggling Readers in the Regular Classroom Setting: Instruction, Support, Materials and Resources for the Supplemental Curriculum(3)
  • EDU 284: Teaching Writing Across the Curriculum (2)
  • PHSCI 202: Earth and Space Science for Educators (3)
  • ENGL 241: Introduction to Language and Linguistics (3)
  • EDUL 331: Junior II Field Experience Block (1)

Senior I (18 credits)

  • EDU 385: Developing Proficient Readers: Instruction, Support, Materials and Resources for the Core Curriculum (3)
  • EDU 343: Assessment and Diagnosis of Reading Problems (3)
  • EDU 386: Principles and Methods of Teaching Social Science in the Middle School (3)
  • EDU 391: Student Teaching I (3)
  • EDU 392: Student Teaching Seminar I (3)
  • EDUP 395: Literacy/Reading Practicum (2)
  • EDUP 396: Social Studies Practicum (1)

Senior II (12 credits)

  • EDU 393: Student Teaching II (9)
  • EDU 394: Student Teaching Seminar II (3)

Requirements in this program are subject to change within the time span of one's University career due to changing requirements at national, state and local levels. 

8-Semester Course of Study (cohort model)

Middle Level -- Mathematics and Science

Freshman I (16 credits)

  • EDU 103: Professional Educators Seminar I (0)
  • TRANS 100: Transitions (1)
  • FYS 175: First Year Seminar - Religious Studies (3)
  • ENG 120: Rhetoric and Writing (3)
  • MATH 121: Math for Teachers I (3)
  • POLSCI 101: Introduction to U.S. Government (3)
  • BIOL 101 Principles and Methods of Biology (3)

Freshman II (18 credits)

  • EDU 104: Professional Educators Seminar II (0)
  • MATH 122: Math for Teachers II (3)
  • COMM 101: Speech Fundamentals (3)
  • PHIL 140: The Examined Life (3)
  • HIST 102: World History Since 1500 (3)
  • Fine Arts Elective (3)
  • PHSCI 102: Intro to Astronomy (3)

Sophomore I (18 credits)

  • EDU 105: Professional Educators Seminar III (0)
  • Philosophy Elective 200+ - Global Studies (3)
  • Religious Studies Elective (3)
  • SOCSCI 101: World Geography (3)
  • PHSCI 104: Introduction to Earth Systems/Geology (3)
  • MATH 222: Statistics for Teachers (3)
  • CHEM 103: Environmental Science (3)

Sophomore II (17 or 18 credits)

  • EDU 216: Middle School Mentoring/edTPA Seminar I - Hybrid (2)
  • EDU 323: Survey Students with Exceptionalities (3)
  • EDU 283: Reading and Writing in the Content Areas (2)
  • EDU 364: Methods of Teaching ESL (3)
  • Literature Elective (3)
  • MATH 226: Mathematical Modeling and Calculus for Teachers (4) OR MATH 221 Number Theory for Teachers (3)
  • EDUL 312: Sophomore II Field Experience Block (1)

Junior I (18 credits)

  • EDU 217: Middle School Mentoring /edTPA Seminar II - Hybrid (2)
  • EDU 200: Introduction to the Profession of Teaching (3)
  • EDUL 200: SOE Orientation
  • EDU 318: Foundations and Methods of Teaching Literacy and Language Arts (3)
  • EDU 308: Managing the Middle Level Classroom: Behavior Management and Instructional Planning (2)
  • PHSCI 201: Physical Science for Teachers + Lab (4)
  • MATH 224: Geometry for Teachers (3) OR MATH 223 History of Math for Teachers (3)
  • EDUL 322: Junior I Field Experience Block (1)

Junior II (17 or 18 credits)

  • EDU 218: Middle School Mentoring/edTPA Seminar III - Hybrid (2)
  • EDU 379: Middle Level Assessment and Data Informed Instruction (3)
  • EDUL 379 Middle Level Assessment and Data Informed Instruction LAB (0)
  • EDU 317: Young Adolescent Development (2)
  • BIOL 213: Interactions in the Environment (3)
  • PHSCI 202: Earth/Space Science for Educators (3)
  • MATH 221: Number Theory for Teachers (3) OR MATH 226 Mathematical Modeling and Calculus for Teachers (4)
  • EDUL 332: Junior II Field Experience Block (1)

Senior I (18 credits)

  • MATH 351: Principles and Methods of Teaching Mathematics in the Middle School (3)
  • EDU 387: Principles and Methods of Teaching Science in the Middle School (2)
  • MATH 223: History of Mathematics for Teachers - Global Studies (3) OR MATH 224 Geometry for Teachers (3)
  • HIST 190: Economic Development in U.S. History (3)
  • EDU 391: Student Teaching I (3)
  • EDU 392: Student Teaching Seminar I (3)
  • EDUP 397: Mathematics Practicum (.5)
  • EDUP 398: Science Practicum (.5)

Senior II (12)

  • EDU 393: Student Teaching II (9)
  • EDU 394: Student Teaching Seminar II (3)

Requirements in this program are subject to change within the time span of one's University career due to changing requirements at national, state and local levels.