Middle Grades Education: Science, BS

for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades Education, Science Concentration

department office: Curriculum & Instruction

311 Education Building

1310 South Sixth

Champaign, IL 61820

phone: (217) 244-8286

department website: https://education.illinois.edu/ci

department faculty: Curriculum & Instruction Faculty

overview of college admissions & requirements: College of Education

college website: https://education.illinois.edu/

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

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.

for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades Education, Science Concentration

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
If seeking the Science concentration, exclusions apply including, but not limited to: Horticulture, Dance and Urban Planning. Must be a science rubric. Consult with adviser for further information.
Life science3-4
Physical science3-4
Cultural Studies
U.S. Minority3-4
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Social & Behavioral Sciences6-8
Quantitative Reasoning
Quantitative Reasoning I3-4
Quantitative Reasoning I or 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
Six hours of ROTC upper level courses (300 level or above) can count toward the degree as free electives.
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 467Principles in Teaching Literature to Children and Youth3
CI 471Principles and Practices to Foster Independence in Reading3
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 and Society (or program approved equivalent courses)
EPSY 201Educational Psychology3
EPSY 430Early Adolescent Development3
SPED 405General Educator's Role in Special Education3
Total Hours49
Total minimum hours for degree120

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