Overview

Middle Grades Education prepares teachers for grades five through eight. Requires a minimum of 120 semester hours for graduation. Prior to proceeding to student teaching in an Illinois Education Preparation Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, prospective candidates must take and pass an Illinois approved test of basic skills. Approved tests consist of the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP), ACT or SAT with approved scores. Previously passed Illinois Test of Basic Skills (096, 300 or 400) may be used to meet this requirement. Please note:  As identified in the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)'s Teach Illinois: Strong Teachers, Strong Classrooms report, beginning June 30, 2019, the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP400) will be put on hold indefinitely while ISBE conducts a study of alternative basic skills assessments.  The last day to register for the TAP is June 27, 2019.  TAP tests passed prior to June 30, 2019, will continue to be accepted to meet the Illinois basic skills requirement past June 30, 2019.  ISBE will continue to require specific scores on the ACT or SAT as a test of basic skills for the issuance of a Professional Educator License. 

Who should apply

Undergraduate students who want to:

  • Work with youth in grades 5-8
  • Develop expertise in a specific content area (math, science, social studies, literacy) 
  • Plan lessons that teach students in more than one content area
  • Work with colleagues using a team approach in schools

Programs Offered

On-Campus