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Middle Grade Endorsements

IMPORTANT:  The Illinois State Board of Education has set forth rules to change the requirements for teaching middle grades.  Given this, the requirements below will only be valid until January 31, 2018.  After, January 31, 2018 to obtain a middle grades endorsement, one must go through an approved middle grades program.

 

Middle Grades Endorsements (grades 5-8)

Available Through the

University of Illinois @ Urbana-Champaign

Available with Elementary (K-9), Secondary (6-12)* and K-12 licensure

Endorsements at the middle grades level typically require 18 semester hours of coursework in the endorsement areas. For those endorsements that require specific content click on the hyperlink below to see specific requirements. 

In addition to content-area coursework, all middle grades teachers must have middle grade professional education coursework (CI 410, EPS 427, and EPSY 430). 

Due to the structure of the coursework at Urbana, if you take one of the middle school courses at Urbana you must take all three courses in order to meet the middle grade requirement.  Each institutions divides the middle school content differently, therefore, it is strongly recommended that you take all middle school coursework at the same institution. Students in the Teacher Education Minor in Secondary School Teaching have this content embedded in the minor and do not need to take the aforementioned courses.

Middle school endorsement coursework from the University of Illinois can be found at http://education.illinois.edu/programs/online/middle_grades_endorsement.html.

*Individuals receiving high school licensure are endorsed for these subject areas in grades 6-8.

**Requires specific coursework listed below table.  If coursework not listed below, contact the Council on Teacher Education.

Middle School 5-8 Endorsement Subjects

Agricultural Education

Health Education

Art

Language Arts

Bilingual Education**

Mathematics**

Biological Science

Library Information Specialist**

Business/Marketing/Management

Music

Computer Applications

Physical Education

Dance

Physical Science

English as a Second Language**

Reading Teacher**

Family and Consumer Science

Social Science

Foreign Languages (tied to a specific language)**

Speech

General Science

Speech/Theater

General Geography

Technology Specialist

Theater/Drama

Middle Grade Endorsements With Specific Requirements

Bilingual:

Persons seeking this endorsement must have a total of 18 semester hours of coursework required below and meet the other requirements:

  • A valid professional Illinois teacher license.
  • Bilingual clinical experience totaling 100 clock hours or three months teaching experience in bilingual programs. Students in licensure programs may contact their clinical experience office to see if a bilingual placement is an option during student teaching (please note, it won't be an option for everyone).  For experience outside of a UI placement, a detailed letter from an administrator at the institution/agency needs to be written documenting the nature of activities, age group of individuals in program, number of days/hours per day worked, etc. This documentation is subject to approval. Final approval lies with the State. Contact the Council if you plan to use a non-UI placement for your experience.  In lieu of student teaching in a bilingual setting or an acceptable outside experience, CI 595 may be taken to gain the 100 clock hours.
  • Successful completion of a language examination in the non-English language to be taught.
  • Credits totaling 18 semester hours distributed among the following course areas:
    1. Foundations of Bilingual Education (CI 433)
    2. Assessment of Bilingual Students (CI 517)
    3. Methods and Materials for Teaching Limited-English-Proficient Students in Bilingual Programs (CI 477)
    4. Cross-Cultural Studies for Teaching Limited-English-Proficient Students (EIL 456 or CI 446)  Note:  CI 415 will meet this area requirement for elementary education majors.
    5. Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language (EIL 411 or CI 477)

(Note: these endorsement requirements are identical to the approval requirements)

Many of the courses listed above can also be taken online.  See http://education.illinois.edu/online/besl/courses.html for availability.

Biological Science:

  • A total of 18 semester hours from the following options:  BIOC, BIOL, CDB, ENT, FSHN 120, IB, MCB, MICR, PBIO.  Note:  Elementary Education majors will receive 2 hours toward a general science endorsement from CI 450.

English as a Second Language:

Persons seeking this endorsement must have a total of 18 semester hours of coursework required below and meet the other requirements:

  • A valid professional Illinois teaching license.
  • ESL clinical experience equal to 100 clock hours or three months teaching experience with ESL students. Students in licensure programs may contact their clinical experience office to see if an ESL (or bilingual) placement is an option during student teaching (please note, it won't be an option for everyone). For experience outside of a UI placement, a detailed letter from an administrator at the institution/agency needs to be written documenting the nature of activities, age group of individuals in program, number of days/hours per day worked, etc. This documentation is subject to approval.  Final approval lies with the State. Contact the Council if you plan to use a non-UI placement for your experience. For clinical experience through the UI, but not through student teaching, students may enroll in EIL 214, EIL 215, or CI 595.
    • A student log must be kept of time spent in EIL 214 or 215.
    • Instructor must write a letter describing nature of activities, age group, etc.
    • Log and letter must be sent to Council on Teacher Education
  • Credits totaling 18 semester hours distributed among each of the following course areas.
    1. Linguistics (LING 100, EIL 422, EIL 486, EIL 487, EIL 488, LING/ANTH 400, or SPAN 252 [SPAN 302 prior to FA09])
    2. Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL (EIL 489 or CI 433)
    3. Assessment of the Bilingual Student (EIL 460 or CI/LIS 517)
      • If EIL 460 is taken Student must inform instructor that she/he wants to work in public schools Instructor will adapt curriculum for public school work
      • Student must ask instructor to write the Council stating that course satisfies public school component
    4. Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL (EIL 411 or CI 477)
    5. Cross-Cultural Studies for Teaching Limited-English-Proficient Students (EIL 456 or CI 446)  Note:  CI 415 will meet this area requirement for elementary education majors.
    6. Many of the courses listed above can also be taken online.  See www.linguistics.illinois.edu/students/certificate/OnlineCoursesforESLEndorsement.html for EIL course availability.  See http://education.illinois.edu/online/besl/courses.html for CI course availability.

Foreign Languages:

  • 18 semester hours of content courses in a specific language.  Course must be taught in the foreign language.

General Science:

  • 18 semester hours of any course listed under the biological or physical science section.  Note:  Elementary Education majors will receive 2 hours toward a general science endorsement from CI 450.

Health Education: 

  • Requires 18 hours in health education.  On the Urbana campus any CHLH course counts although the following are recommended: CHLH 100; CHLH 101; CHLH 200; CHLH 206; CHLH 243; CHLH 250; CHLH 260; CHLH 274; CHLH 304.  In addition the following courses will also count toward the endorsement:  FSHN 120; KIN 120; KIN 131; KIN 140; KIN 262; and MCB 244 & 245 (MCB 334 prior to Fall 2010).

Language Arts:

  • A total of 18 semester hours from the following options:  BTW, CW, CWL (provided the course is conducted entirely in English), ENGL, EALC & Foreign Language literature courses, provided the course is conducted entirely in English, JOUR (maximum of 9 hours may count toward the endorsement), RHET, CMN (maximum of 9 hours may count toward the endorsement) and CLCV 115.  Note: CI 467 and CI 475 from the Elementary Education program will count toward this endorsement.

Mathematics:

3 semester hours in the methods of teaching mathematics in grades 6-8:

  • C I 431: Teaching Elementary Mathematics or
  • CI 430: Teaching Children Mathematics and CI 432: Invest Approach Elem Math Inst or
  • CI 434: Teaching Secondary Math

15 semester hours to be selected from four of the following areas:

  • Math content courses for elementary teachers: Math 117, 103
  • Calculus
  • Modern algebra or number theory:  Math 413, 417, 453
  • Geometry:  Math 119, 402, 403
    Math 423, 481 (recommended for advanced math students only)
  • Computer Science:  CS 101, 105, 125 or INFO/CS 103
  • Probability and statistics:  Stat 100/Math 161,
    Stat 200, Stat 400/Math 463, Stat 410/Math 464,
    Stat 451/Math 461
  • History of mathematics:  Math 406

Physical Science:

  • A total of 18 semester hours from the following options: ASTR, ATMS, BIOC, CHEM, ESE (provided it meets the physical science general education requirement or is cross-listed with another accepted rubric), FSHN 101, Physical GEOG, GEOL, and PHYS.  Note:  Elementary Education majors will receive 2 hours toward a general science endorsement from CI 450.

Reading Teacher:

  • Requires 24 semester hours of coursework from each of the required areas listed below and passing the Reading Teacher test. 
    • Foundations in reading:  CI 475, CI 502, CI 503, or CI 504
    • Content-area reading:  CI 471, CI 472, CI 473, or CI 582 (only 2 hrs count toward this endorsement if using CI 582)
    • Assessment & diagnosis of reading problems: CI 575
    • Developmental & remedial reading instruction & support:  CI 576
    • Developmental & remedial materials & resources:  CI 575 or CI 576
    • Literature appropriate to students across all grade ranges:  CI 467, CI 567, CI 568, CI 585 or CI 587 (CI 499 MCL prior to spring 2012)
    • Reading practicum:  CI 577
  • Additional courses that may count as "reading" are CI 465 and CI 468.

Social Science:

  • A total of 18 semester hours from the following options: ANTH, ECON, GEOG, HIST, PSYC, PS, SOC, EPSY 236 AND 430 (other EPSY courses DO NOT COUNT unless they are cross-listed with one of the rubrics from the preceding list).  Note:  Elementary Education majors will receive 3 hours toward this endorsement from CI 448.
 

Library Information Specialist:

  • Individuals seeking the middle grades endorsement in Library Information Specialist will be required to complete either a major in the content area or they must have 24 semester hours of content and pass the content test for Library Information Specialist.

 

Technology Specialist:

  • Requires at least 24 semester hours of college coursework demonstrably related to the subject area that is aligned to 23 Ill. Adm. Code 27.470 (Technology Specialist), and has passed the relevant content-area test. The following UIUC courses align to the technology specialist subject area -- EPS 431, HRD 472/CI484, EPSY 556, EPS 415, EPSY 408, EPSY 474/HRD 474, and EPSY 590ML.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

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