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.

Admission Requirements:

Sophomore level admission:

  • At least four general education requirements met by term of entry
  • 28 hours by term of entry
  • Illinois/Overall GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Two years of one language other than English in high school or through the second level course in college must be completed by desired term of entry. 
  • Admission requires an ELIS account and evidence of passing score on the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP). The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has determined the ACT Plus Writing or SAT test can be used in lieu of a passing score of the TAP. Please visit the ACT/SAT in lieu of TAP page for more information. If you are using the ACT/SAT score in lieu of the TAP, admission requires completion of all steps listed on the resource link above.

Junior level admission:

  • 60 hours by term of entry
  • Illinois/Overall GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Two years of one language other than English in high school or through the second level course in college must be completed by desired term of entry.
  • Admission requires an ELIS account and evidence of passing score on the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP). The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has determined the ACT Plus Writing or SAT test can be used in lieu of a passing score of the TAP. Please visit the ACT/SAT in lieu of TAP page for more information. If you are using the ACT/SAT score in lieu of the TAP, admission requires completion of all steps listed on the resource link above.

Students admitted to the Middle Grades Education program at the junior level will begin a two year professional education cohort with sequential classes that allow limited space. There is room to fit only four additional courses outside the professional education coursework during the four semester sequence. In order to complete the major in two years, students should have completed:

  • EDUC 201
  • EDUC 202
  • EPSY 201
  • And all but four of the following:
    • CI 415
    • General Education requirements
    • Concentration requirements 

The following documents can be prepared for upload into the Application Manager:

Please note that grades in certain courses of C- or lower may not be used for State of Illinois licensure, endorsements, or approvals. Please see an Education adviser for a list of applicable courses. If you have completed a grade replacement or have a grade replacement in progress, you must scan and upload it into the Application Manager.

After Admission

  1. Students admitted at the junior level into a teacher education program will be required to attend a mandatory meeting regarding the program and its requirements. Time, date, and location of the mandatory meeting will be provided in your admission letter.
  2. All undergraduate students enrolled in the Middle Grades Education teacher preparation program will be assessed a one-time clinical experience fee to partially cover costs associated with early field and student teaching experiences. This non-refundable fee is based on the approved fee at the time you entered the University per the Illinois Compiled Statue 110 ILCS 305/25. Accepting the offer of admission is an agreement on your part to pay this fee. The fee will be assessed upon enrollment to the professional education sequence courses. 
  3. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign requires field placement in school districts as part of various educational curricula and certificate programs. Illinois school districts are required by state law to conduct criminal background checks for applicants for licensed and non-licensed positions with a school district. School districts are requiring that applicants for field placements be subjected to a criminal background check prior to placement in the school districts. Certain convictions are a bar to employment with a school district and are fully set out in the Illinois School Code, 105 ILCS 5/10-21.9, as amended. All convictions will be reviewed for compatibility with placement in a school district. As part of this application, you will be required to consent to a criminal background check including submission of your fingerprints. Failure to consent to the background check will result in your not being able to complete a public school certification program and in the cancellation of any admission to the program. For further information on this requirement, call the Council on Teacher Education at (217) 333-2804.