Middle Grades Education

Major Description

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.


Students must complete 24-27 credit hours within one of the following concentrations: 1) Social Science, 2) Science, 3) Mathematics, or 4) Literacy. 

Courses That Introduce the Major:
  • EDUC 201—Identity and Difference in Education
  • EDUC 202—Social Justice, School & Society
  • EPSY 201—Educational Psychology
  • At least one introductory course for intended concentration.

Students should consult with an academic advisor regarding course selection prior to the advanced registration period.

Possible Career Opportunities:

Middle Grades Education prepares teachers for grades five through eight. 

  • Analyzing
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Decision Making
  • Directing
  • Evaluating
  • Explaining
  • Instructing and Training
  • Interpreting
  • Organizing and Coordinating
  • Planning
  • Research
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Curriculum Specialist
  • Education Management
  • Educational Therapist
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Physical Education Instructor
  • Resource Teacher
  • Middle School Teacher

Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree.

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.
    • The Minority Association of Future Educators (MAFE): mission is to provide a support network for underrepresented students seeking to become professional educators and to address the educational needs of children, with an emphasis on children from underrepresented groups.
Further Information:

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 AdministratorsNational Education Association, and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.