Middle Grades Education

What Is It?:

The Middle Grades Education Major provides the coursework and field experiences for students to be licensed to teach grades 5-8 in the State of Illinois. Students will fulfill General Education requirements required by the University, select one or more areas of concentration (literacy, social sciences, science or math) for an endorsement in one or more subject areas, and take instructional methods courses for teaching students in grades 5-8.


  • Science Concentration
  • Social Studies Concentration
  • Mathmeatics Concentration
  • Literacy Concentration

Courses That Introduce the Major:

  • PSYC 100 - Intro to Psychology
  • EPSY 201 - Educational Psychology
  • EDUC 201 - Identity and Difference in Education

Possible Career Opportunities:

  • Camp director
  • Middle school teacher
  • Guidance counselor
  • Reading specialist
  • Resource teacher
  • School administrator

Common Career Titles Related to this Major:

(Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree)

  • Child Life Specialist
  • Curriculum Specialist
  • Education Management
  • Educational Therapist
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Physical Education Instructor
  • Resource Teacher
  • Middle School Teacher

Enhancing Your Academic Experience:

  • Participating in undergraduate research
  • Applying for a study abroad experience
  • Utilizing resources of The Career Center
  • Joining a Registered Student Organization (RSO) related to this major, such as:
    • Epsilon Delta Professional Teaching Organization: informs and involves future teachers in the changing field of education.
    • Student Education Association: provides pre-professional educational development for future teachers.

Related Skills:

  • Analyzing
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Decision Making
  • Directing
  • Evaluating
  • Explaining
  • Instructing and Training
  • Interpreting
  • Organizing and Coordinating
  • Planning
  • Research

Further Information:

For more information on what you can do with a major in Middle Grades Education, visit The Career Center’s webpage: What Can I Do With This Major.

There are several professional organizations dedicated to Middle Grades Education.  Their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of Education.  These organizations include American Association of School Administrators, National Education Association, and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

For more information on the classes needed for a degree in Middle Grades Education, visit Undergraduate Programs.