Middle Level Teaching and Learning (B.S.Ed.)

Why Study Middle Level Teaching and Learning at NIU?

Want to make a difference in the lives of middle scholars? Our Middle Level Teaching and Learning degree gives you with the content knowledge and educational approaches necessary to serve the needs of young adolescent learners from fifth- through eighth-grades in specific disciplines. You’ll prepare for teaching in one major content area endorsement, either English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science or Social Sciences. And you’re almost assured of acing the edTPA: 100% of Middle Level Teaching and Learning undergraduates in spring 2019 passed the mandatory assessment required to obtain teacher licensure in Illinois and several other states.

Careers with a Middle Level Teaching and Learning Degree

Candidates who complete the program requirements are recommended for Illinois Educator Licensure for teaching in two content endorsement areas in fifth- through eighth-grades.

Middle School Teacher Occupational Outlook

Middle Level Teaching and Learning Faculty

We provide an inclusive, engaging and supportive environment that inspires excellence. Our faculty prepare students to succeed and lead in their careers and communities through programs grounded in engaged learning experiences. Our innovative and effective instruction addresses the changing educational and professional needs of our students. Middle Level Teaching and Learning faculty research includes controversial materials and censorship issues in middle and high school curriculum, literacy instruction of immigrant and non-native English speakers, psycholinguistics, how students process multiple texts in discipline specific contexts with multimodal texts, infusion of global perspectives in K-12 curriculum and the intersections of sexuality and schooling.


Hands-on Learning Opportunities

Your choices for the minor endorsement include Art, English Language Arts, Foreign Language Spanish, Health Education, Learning Behavior Specialist I, Mathematics, Physical Education, Science and Social Science in addition to the four major content endorsement areas.

You will have three field experiences prior to student teaching, each focusing on a specific element of education, including child development, literacy and teaching learners from diverse backgrounds.

For unparalleled exposure to the classroom, check out our “Educate” series: Our Educate Local, Educate U.S. and Educate Global programs transport students throughout the northern Illinois region, across the country and around the world to observe, learn, teach and participate. You can apply what you have learned while we support your transition from student to professional.

Our Teacher Education and Certification House (TEACH House) residence hall floors helps build your career through activities, conferences, seminars and leadership skill development. You can learn professional skills, such as conducting parent-teacher conferences and planning field trips.

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