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Degree Requirements

Content Area Prerequisites

Middle Grades Education teachers need to have a deep understanding of the two content areas they will teach in the middle grades.  DePaul’s program requires that students in the Middle Grades program have a minimum of 32 hours in each of their two designated content areas.  Students should meet with their designated Content Area advisor at the beginning of their program for an official written content evaluation and provide a copy to your academic advisor.  Requirements can be satisfied by undergraduate coursework or courses taken elsewhere. Content courses must be completed before student teaching.

Requirements for First Content Area: 32 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

A content area is a single area of study in language arts, math, science, or social science (cannot include coursework in Education).  At least 4 courses must be at the upper level.

    • Eight content courses: 
      • Language Arts
        •    Introduction to Literature Course or a Survey of Literature Course
        •    Poetry course
        •    Grammar or Linguistics course
        •    Young adult, graphic novel, or advisor-approved course
        •    Diverse traditions or multicultural literature course
        •    Writing course
        •    Writing course, or advisor-approved course
        •    Teaching Language Arts in the Middle Grades course
      • Mathematics
        •     Introduction to Mathematics Reasoning course
        •    Geometry course
        •    History of math course
        •    Probability and statistics course
        •    Calculus course
        •    Math modeling, Programming language, or advisor-approved course
        •    Mathematics course (advisor-approved)
        •    Mathematics course (advisor-approved)
      • Science
        •    General biology (life science) course
        •    General chemistry (physical science) course
        •    General Earth science (Earth/space science) course
        •    General environmental science (Earth/space science) course
        •    General physics (physical science) course
        •    Science course (advisor-approved)
        •    Science course (advisor-approved)
        •    Science course (advisor-approved)
      • Social Science
        •    History course
        •    Geography course
        •    Civics/government course
        •    Economics course
        •    Social Science course (advisor-approved)
        •    Social Science course (advisor-approved)
        •    Social Science course (advisor-approved)
        •    Social Science course (advisor-approved)

    Requirements for Second Content Area: 32 hours required, grade of C or better required 

    A content area is a single area of study in language arts, math, science, or social science.  The second content area must be a different area than the one chosen as the primary content area (cannot include coursework in Education). At least 4 courses must be at the upper level.

    • Eight content courses: 
      • Language Arts
        •    Introduction to Literature Course or a Survey of Literature Course
        •    Poetry course
        •    Grammar or Linguistics course
        •    Young adult, graphic novel, or advisor-approved course
        •    Diverse traditions or multicultural literature course
        •    Writing course
        •    Writing course, or advisor-approved course
        •    Teaching Language Arts in the Middle Grades course
      • Mathematics
        •    Introduction to Mathematics Reasoning course
        •    Geometry course
        •    History of math course
        •    Probability and statistics course
        •    Calculus course
        •    Math modeling, Programming language, or advisor-approved course
        •    Mathematics course (advisor-approved)
        •    Mathematics course (advisor-approved)
      • Science
        •    General biology (life science) course
        •    General chemistry (physical science) course
        •    General Earth science (Earth/space science) course
        •    General environmental science (Earth/space science) course
        •    General physics (physical science) course
        •    Science course (advisor-approved)
        •    Science course (advisor-approved)
        •    Science course (advisor-approved)
      • Social Science
        •    History course
        •    Geography course
        •    Civics/government course
        •    Economics course
        •    Social Science course (advisor-approved)
        •    Social Science course (advisor-approved)
        •    Social Science course (advisor-approved)
        •    Social Science course (advisor-approved)

    Pre-Education Core: 26 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

    Advanced Standing Education Courses: 22 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required 

    Student Teaching: 8 quarter hours required

    Registration in student teaching requires completion of all requirements and procedures listed in the college core section EDU 95 indicates to the Illinois State Board of Education that all field experience hours are complete.

    Licensure Tests

    All individuals licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) are required to complete licensure tests specific to their teaching license.  Middle Grades Education majors must complete the following tests:

    • Basic Skills (test #096) or TAP (test #300, or #400) - assesses knowledge of reading comprehension, language arts, and math.  Test is required to qualify for Advanced Standing. 
    • Content Area Test: Two tests are required before Student Teaching (deadlines apply). Test details will be forthcoming.
    • EdTPA - assessment conducted during the student teaching experience including video clips of instruction, lesson plans, student work samples, analysis of student learning and reflective commentaries. Students will submit an electronic portfolio to an outside agency for independent evaluation and a fee will be imposed by that agency as part of the assessment.

    Field Experiences​​

    Each student seeking licensure from the College of Education/Professional Education Unit must complete supervised field experiences in appropriate settings in conjunction with education courses. All field experiences must be completed prior to final approval for student teaching. For details on requirements, expectations, documentation, & courses in your program that require hours, visit the College of Education website.​

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