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Middle Grades Education (MEd)
Middle Grades Education (MEd)
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Empower the adolescent mind

In the Middle Grades Education MEd program, you’ll learn how to face challenges in the classroom and capitalize on the pivotal years in the lives of your students. Coursework in the Middle Grades Education program includes specialized focus on concrete methods for engaging middle school students in each of the subject areas, strategies for working with English Language Learners and social emotional learning. This program will prepare you to teach fifth through eighth grade in urban and suburban schools.

You have the option to pursue an initial Illinois Teaching License (PEL) with Middle Grades endorsements (grades 5-8) in two of the following areas: Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies and/or Science. Or if you are already a licensed teacher, you can add a Middle Grades endorsement in those areas to your PEL.

All classes meet in the evenings on the Lincoln Park Campus.

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Connect to Chicago’s classrooms

You’ll gain practical experience while participating in field experiences in Chicago Public Schools, charter schools and private schools in the city.

Application Deadlines

This program is not currently accepting applications. Please email for more information.

Admission Requirements

Submit an online application, official transcripts, letters of recommendation, résumé and a personal statement.

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Required Courses

You’ll take 16 courses across your two designated content areas and three student teaching courses. You’ll also complete field experiences and a full-time student teaching experience.

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of master’s graduates from the College of Education were employed, continuing their education or pursuing other goals within six months of graduation.

Learn from lifelong educators

At DePaul, you'll be in the classroom with instructors like Hilary Conklin who has spent over ten years researching the intellectual capabilities of young adolescents. In one of her recent publications, she draws on her research to make an argument for why middle school is a great time engage middle school aged adolescents in critical thinking.

Alumni Network

Earn your degree from DePaul and you’ll benefit from alumni resources such as professional development workshops and networking events. Alumni have gone on to jobs at the Academy for Urban School Leadership, the Archdiocese of Chicago and Chicago Public Schools.


Graduate school is an investment in your future. Learn more about the financial aid and scholarship opportunities available to you.

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Contact Information

For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admission for DePaul’s College of Education at (773) 325-4405 or

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