The Middle Grades Science Education major prepares students to teach middle-level students in grade 5-8.  Content preparation gives the student breadth for teaching the various sciences offered to middle grades students.  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 Biology/Secondary Education.  Candidates who wish to be prepared to teach science/biology in all secondary grades (e.g. middle school and high school) should complete the Biology/Secondary Education major plus one additional course to fulfill middle grades content breadth and take the content area tests for both high school and middle grades science.

Important Note:  Students may not double major in Biology/Secondary Education and Middle Grades Science Education.  The middle grades major is a subset of the Biology/Secondary Education major.

Program Outcomes:

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Middle Grades Science 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 364Teaching Mathematics in the Secondary School3
ED 368Secondary Methods Pre-clinical Experience2
ED 380Diversity in Education1
ED 381Diversity Pre-clinical Experience1
ED 413Clinical Practice in the Secondary School12
ED 421Classroom Management1
ED 422Advanced Seminar in Education2
ED 430Educational Research and Assessment2
PSY 337Psychology of Adolescence3
Required Science Courses
BIO 111General Biology4
BIO 112Biology: Plant and Animal Kingdoms4
CH 103Introduction to Chemistry4
MA 121Calculus and Analytic Geometry I4
PHY 111General Physics I4
PS 110Introduction to the Physical World3
300 or 400-level General Science Elective4
Elective in one of the areas of science described in the Common Core of Science Standards (biology, chemistry, earth and space science, environmental science, and/or physics)
Total Hours71