Middle Grades Education

Content Areas

For middle grades licensure, students choose a primary content area (Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, or Social Science) and upon completion of the program, they are able to teach grades 5-8. Students should consult with a teacher education advisor to develop a plan of study.

Grading Policy

Students must receive a C- or better in all School of Education course work and a cumulative GPA of 2.5.

Program Learning Outcomes 

  1. Exhibit a deep understanding of subject matter, embrace the latest technological advancements, and showcase advanced pedagogical skills, all while integrating restorative practices and cultural responsiveness into teaching across various content areas and grade levels

  2. Create a nurturing and safe learning space that creates a sense of belonging and ensures every student feels valued and respected

  3. Design and deliver dynamic instruction, enriched with relevant technology, to foster an engaging learning environment that caters to the diverse needs of all students, while emphasizing cultural responsiveness in every aspect of teaching

  4. Uphold the highest standards of professional ethics

  5. Partner, collaborate, and engage with families and/or communities to develop relationships and build networks of support for student success

  6. Actively advocate for students, families, and schools to support equity and social justice

  7. Apply research-driven strategies to improve teaching methods and student learning outcomes, focusing on practices that promote equity in the classroom


School of Education Core 1
EDL 456Strategies for Teaching Children with Exceptionalities3
EDL 493Cross-Cultural Studies for Multilingual Students and Families3
TEP 207Foundations of American Education 23
TEP 222Child and Adolescent Development for Teachers3
TEP 224Exceptional Child for Teachers3
TEP 227Educational Psychology for Teachers3
TEP 301Induction into Teacher Education1
TEP 305Technology For Teaching3
TEP 315Classroom Community and Belonging3
TEP 318Curriculum Theory and Development3
TEP 375Cultural Studies and Identity in Education3
TEP 419Content Area Literacy Methods3
TEP 448Student Teaching Seminar3
TEP 450ECCE: Student Teaching 39
Total Hours46

TEP 301 is a prerequisite for all TEP 400 Level courses.


This course fulfills a general education requirement at UIS in the area of Social and Behavioral Sciences. 


This course fulfills an Engaged Citizenship Common Experience requirement at UIS in the area of Engagement Experience.