The Middle Grades English Education major prepares students to teach English to middle level students in grade 5 - 8. Content preparation gives the student breadth for teaching the English language arts, including courses in reading/literature, writing, and speaking. The required professional education courses prepare the candidate to be successful in the classroom. Candidates who successfully complete the major are eligible to receive an Illinois Professional Educator License that is valid for teaching at the middle grades level (grades 5 - 8). Students who desire to teach at the high school level should major in English with secondary education licensure. Candidates who wish to be prepared to teach English in all secondary grades (e.g. middle school and high school) should complete the English with secondary education licensure major and add ENG 360 Adolescent Literature to complete the requirements for middle grades. 

Important note: Students may not double major in English with Secondary Education Licensure and Middle Grades English Education. The majors are too similar to constitute a double major. 

Program Outcomes:

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Middle Grades English Education will be able to:

  • teach in their respective fields
  • plan, deliver, and assess effective instructional experiences that align with learning standards, educational theory, and knowledge of student development
  • exhibit appropriate professional dispositions that reflect the personal, professional, and practical components of teaching
  • evidence Christian values in their personal and professional practice, while respecting the exercise of individual moral decisions.
  • address the differing needs of a diverse student population with professional competence, respect and fairness.
Professional Education Courses
ED 101Introduction to Teaching2
ED 103Professional Skills for Teachers1
ED 240Foundations of Education2
ED 260XEducational Psychology/Human Development3
ED 306Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum3
ED 310General Teaching Methods2
ED 311General Teaching Methods Pre-Clinical Experience1
ED 330Introduction to Special Education3
ED 362Teaching English in Secondary School3
ED 368Secondary Methods Pre-clinical Experience2
ED 380Diversity in Education1
ED 381Diversity Pre-clinical Experience1
ED 430Educational Research and Assessment2
ED 413Clinical Practice in the Secondary School12
ED 421Classroom Management1
ED 422Advanced Seminar in Education2
PSY 337Psychology of Adolescence3
Required English Language Arts Courses
ENG 111Critical Thinking and Writing3
ENG 222Studies in Fiction3
ENG 220Studies in Poetry3
or ENG 224 Studies in Drama
COM 112Speech3
ENG 360Adolescent Literature3
ENG 336Creative Writing3
2 upper division ENG courses 16
Total Hours68

Student responsible to note prerequisites (e.g. If a student selects ENG 310, the genre prerequisite is ENG 220. A student without the correct prerequisite may appeal for admission to the course, which will be considered case-by-case.)