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Middle Grades Education (MED)

The middle school years (grades 5-8) are a time of unique challenges and opportunities for students, parents, and teachers alike. DePaul’s Middle Grades Education program is designed to prepare educators who have a passion for, understanding of, and commitment to working with young adolescents to face those challenges head-on and capitalize on the exciting opportunities of these pivotal years. Graduates of the program are equipped to teach fifth through eighth grade in a variety of urban and suburban education settings. 

Coursework in the Middle Grades Education program includes specialized classes focused on concrete methods for teaching and engaging young adolescents in each of the subject areas; strategies for working with English Language Learners; conceptions of the whole child and healthy young adolescence; social emotional learning in the middle grades; and more.

Students in the program are required to complete a minimum of 100-100 daytime field experiences in schools. These school-based clinical hours coincide with methodology courses that require students to spend daytime hours in schools. In addition, students will spend a minimum of 10 weeks in a culminating, full-time student teaching experience.

Through this integration of course work and field experiences, candidates learn both the educational theories and pedagogical skills to foster equitable, intellectually rich, socially just, and compassionate learning environments for diverse middle-level youth. By examining the ways in which society shapes our views of middle grades learners and the social, emotional, cognitive, spiritual and physical dimensions of healthy adolescence, the Middle Grades Education program prepares graduates to address the distinct needs of the middle school years.

Interested in enrolling in this program? Learn more about its admission requirements and how to apply .

Degree Requirements

Master of Education (MEd)


Illinois Professional Educator License with two* IL endorsements in grades 5 - 8, an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved program. 

*Students choose two of the following content areas: Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science ​​​​