Middle Grades Endorsement, Urban Education Program

Undergraduate students of the BA Urban Education - Elementary Education program can add a Middle Grades Endorsement for teaching grades 5-8 though coursework at the College of Education. They can also add areas of specialization to their endorsement that focus on specific content areas like Math, English, Science, or Social Science.

Endorsements are only available to undergraduates pursuing a teaching license. Current undergraduates should contact their advisor if they have questions about their eligibility to pursue the Middle Grades endorsement.

For more information, contact the Office of Student Services at 312-996-4532 or the Council on Teacher Education at 312-355-0714.

Endorsement Requirements

  • A middle grade teacher must have 18 semester hours in the single subject area of the major teaching assignment (e.g., Math, Language Arts, Science, etc.), with the exception of foreign language, which requires 20 semester hours in a single foreign language.
  • A middle grade teacher must have the equivalent of three semester hours of specific course work in middle school philosophy, curriculum and instruction and instructional methods for designing and teaching appropriate programs in middle schools, including content area reading instruction. This is covered through CI 484, Curriculum & Instruction in the Middle School.
  • A middle grade teacher must have the equivalent of three semester hours of specific course work in educational psychology. This is covered in the course EPSY 446 Characteristics of Early Adolescence.