Middle Level Education
The Middle Level Education program at Saint Xavier University prepares candidates to teach select content areas to young adolescents from fifth- through eighth-grade in the core content areas of English, Mathematics, Social Science or Science. Through student teaching experience, fieldwork observation and other opportunities to apply theory to practice, candidates will engage in an interactive and dynamic learning experience that will enable them to deliver a high-impact instructional experience to their future students.
The program requires successful completion of general education courses, professional education courses and core content area (English, Mathematics, Social Science or Science) courses. With only one endorsement for the chosen content area required, candidates may also consider pursuing the secondary program in the same content area, as the two programs are closely aligned.
Candidates may acquire additional endorsements for teaching other subjects as well
as endorsements for teaching in Grades 9-12. Please see the current Illinois Licensure,
Endorsement, and Approval Requirements document at the IBSE website.
To view the specific program requirements visit the Middle Level Education Program.
Candidates in the program will act as student teachers for one semester. Potential student teaching sites are close to campus and the surrounding areas. Candidates will work closely with their school-based mentors during student teaching. The mentors will assist with lesson planning, classroom management and other classroom-related activities.
In addition to student teaching, candidates will have field experiences where they gain real world experiences early in the academic career. Field experience placements range from urban to suburban schools and from private to public.
As a middle level educator, you help bridge the gap between childhood and young adulthood, and your role in assisting students on their academic journeys is an essential component of their growth. With the ongoing teacher shortage, there is a critical need for middle school teachers. As a middle level educator, you will not only serve as a role model to students, but you’ll be making a significant difference in your community.