Middle Grades Education

For the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades Education


Department: Curriculum and Instruction

Interim Head of Department: Sarah McCarthey
311 Education Building, 1310 South Sixth, Champaign, (217) 244-8286

This program prepares teachers for grades five through eight. A minimum of 120 semester hours is necessary for graduation1.

Illinois law requires passing the Illinois Licensure Testing System Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) prior to student teaching. The Illinois State Board of Education has determined the ACT Plus Writing/SAT scores can be used in lieu of a passing score on the Test of Academic Proficiency (formerly known as the Illinois Test of Basic Skills). See information on the details.

Students pursuing teacher licensure programs in the College of Education (COE) must meet requirements in a series of sequential gateways. Included in the gateway requirements are successful completion of specified coursework, achievement of appropriate grade point averages, requirements for clinical experiences, and appropriate tests for the licensure area. Meeting all Gateway requirements leads to degree and licensure completion. 

Students are admitted to Middle Grades Education as freshmen. In order to be recommended for licensure, candidates are required to maintain University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, cumulative, content area, and professional grade point averages of 2.5 (A=4.0). Candidates should consult their adviser or the Council on Teacher Education for the list of courses used to compute these grade point averages. Candidates in teaching licensure programs must maintain a C or better in ALL content and professional education coursework. For teacher education licensure applicable to all curricula, see the Council on Teacher Education.

Licensure requirements are subject to change without notice as a result of new mandates from the Illinois State Board of Education or the Illinois General Assembly.

Students in the Middle Grades Education licensure program must complete the Campus General Education Requirements, the courses for one or more concentration (literacy, social sciences, science or math) and the professional education coursework.

Degree Requirements

Orientation Seminar
EDUC 101Education Orientation Seminar1

 The following degree requirements also meet general education course requirements and must be selected from the campus general education course list. Some professional education courses and concentration courses can count towards the general education requirements.

Composition I
Composition I4
Advanced Composition
Advanced Composition3-4
Natural Sciences & Technology 2
Life science3-4
Physical science3-4
Cultural Studies
U.S. Minority3-4
Social & Behavioral Sciences 3
Social & Behavioral Sciences6-8
Quantitative Reasoning
Quantitative Reasoning I3-4
Quantitative Reasoning II3-4
Humanities & the Arts
Humanities & the Arts6
Total Hours of General Education Courses37-46
Language Other Than English
Three years of one language other than English in high school or completion of the third semester of college level language.0-12
Elective Hours (as needed to complete the 120 graduation requirement)0-10
Students must complete 24-27 credit hours within one of the following concentrations: 1) Social Science, 2) Science, 3) Mathematics, or 4) Literacy. Subsequent tables outline the required courses to complete requirements in specific concentrations.24-27
Professional Education
CI 404Teaching and Assessing Secondary School Students3
CI 410Middle School Instruction, Philosophy and Structures3
CI 415Language Varieties, Cultures and Learning3
CI 467Princ Tchg Lit to Child Youth3
CI 471Princ Prac Foster Indep Rdg3
CI 476Teaching Elementary and Middle Grade Language Arts3
EDPR 250School & Community Experiences (Section MG)4
EDPR 442Educational Practice in Secondary Education (Section MG)12
EDUC 201
EDUC 202
Identity and Difference in Education
and Social Justice, School & Society (or program approved equivalent courses)
EPSY 201Educational Psychology3
EPSY 430Early Adolescent Development3
SPED 405Gen Educator's Role in SPED3
Total Hours49
Total minimum hours for degree 4120

 Concentration Requirements

Some concentration courses can count towards the general education requirements. Courses in concentrations may not be allowed to count for more than two degree requirements. If you have questions, see your adviser.

Science Concentration
CI 402Teaching Diverse Middle Grade Students (Science Section)3
Physical Science: Select a minimum of one course from CHEM and one from PHYS6-9
Introductory Chemistry
General Chemistry I
Chemistry, Everyday Phenomena
Teaching Elementary & Middle School Chemistry
College Physics: Mech & Heat
College Physics: E&M & Modern
Physics Made Easy
How Things Work
University Physics: Mechanics
University Physics: Elec & Mag
Life Science: Complete 6 hours with a minimum of 3 hours from the foundations list.6-8
Biology in Today's World
Introduction to Plant Biology
Animal Biology
Organismal & Evolutionary Biol
Introductory Microbiology
Molec & Cellular Basis of Life
Environmental Biology
Society and the Brain
Human Reproduction & Society
Earth and Space Science: Select one from the following Atmospheric Sciences rubric and one from the following Geology rubric:6-7
Introduction to Meteorology
Severe and Hazardous Weather
General Physical Meteorology
Physical Geology
The Oceans
Natural Disasters
Science Electives: To complete any remaining required hours, select additional courses from the courses listed above.0-3
Social Science Concentration
CI 402Teaching Diverse Middle Grade Students (Social Sciences Section)3
American History: Select one from the following:3-4
US Hist to 1877-ACP
US Hist to 1877
US Hist Since 1877
US Hist Since 1877-ACP
United States History to 1815
Nineteenth Century America
Twentieth Century America
Global or World History: Select one from the following:3-4
Global History
Western Civ to 1660-ACP
Western Civ to 1660
Western Civ Since 1660
Western Civ Since 1660-ACP
Select from one of the following Geography courses:3-4
Global Development&Environment
Social and Cultural Geography
Geographies of Globalization
Social & Environmental Issues
Geographies of Global Conflict
PS 101Intro to US Gov & Pol3
ECON 102Microeconomic Principles3
Social Science Electives: To complete any remaining hours, select additional courses from the courses above or in sociology.3-5
Mathematics Concentration
CI 401Introductory Teaching in a Diverse Society ( Math Section)3
CI 402Teaching Diverse Middle Grade Students ( Math Section)3
Note: Only CI 402, M (3 hours) counts toward ISBE content
MATH 117Elementary Mathematics4
Theory of Numbers: Select one from the following:3-4
Theory of Arithmetic
Elementary Theory of Numbers
Geometry: Select one from the following:3-4
Ideas in Geometry
Non Euclidean Geometry
Euclidean Geometry
Statistics: Select one from the following:3-4
Statistical Analysis
Statistics and Probability I
Statistics and Probability II
Calculus: Select one from the following:4-5
Calculus I
Math Applications: Select one from the following:3-4
Intro Computing: Engrg & Sci
Intro Computing: Non-Tech
Intro to Computer Science
Elementary Linear Algebra
A Mathematical World
Basic Discrete Mathematics
Calculus II
Calculus III
Teacher's Course
History of Calculus
Applied Linear Algebra
Total: At least one course in the math content categories must be taken for more than the minimum hours to reach the ISBE requirement of 24 content hours.27-31
Literacy Concentration
CI 402Teaching Diverse Middle Grade Students (Eng Lang Arts Section)3
Composition Iminimum 3 hours
Advanced course: Select one from the following:3
Principles Tech Comm
Composition Theory and Practice
Writing Technologies
Adv Rhetoric & Composition
Writing Across Media
Literature: Select one literature course at the 100 level and a second literature course at the 200 level. Must be an English or Comparative & World Literature rubric.6
CI 467Princ Tchg Lit to Child Youth3
CI 471Princ Prac Foster Indep Rdg3
CI 476Teaching Elementary and Middle Grade Language Arts3