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Major Requirements

Major Requirements

Course Requirements

First Content Area Course: 24 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 two courses must be at the 200 or higher level.

Language Arts
  • Introduction to Literature Course or a Survey of Literature Course
  • Poetry course
  • Grammar or Composition course
  • Young adult, graphic novel, or advisor-approved course
  • Diverse traditions or multicultural literature course
  • Writing course
Mathematics
  • Introduction to math reasoning course
  • Geometry course
  • History of math course
  • Probability and statistics course
  • Calculus course
  • Math modeling, Programming language, or advisor-approved course
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)
Social Science
  • History course
  • Geography course
  • Civics/government course
  • Economics course
  • Social Science course (advisor-approved)
  • Social Science course (advisor-approved)

Note that individuals can receive a reduction of 1 course in this area based on courses taken in the learning domains. This applies only to language arts, math, or social science. Talk to your advisor about applying the reduction.

Second Content Area: 20 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 two courses must be at the 200 or higher level.

Language Arts
  • Introduction to Literature Course or a Survey of Literature Course
  • Poetry course
  • Grammar or Composition course
  • Young adult, graphic novel, or advisor-approved course
  • Diverse traditions or multicultural literature course
Mathematics
  • Introduction to math reasoning course
  • Geometry course
  • Probability and statistics course
  • Calculus course
  • Math modeling, Programming language, or advisor-approved course
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
Social Science
  • History course
  • Geography course
  • Civics/government course
  • Economics course
  • Social Science course (advisor-approved)

Introductory Courses (Junior Standing): 30 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

Course Title Quarter Hours
SCU 207SOCIAL AND HISTORICAL ISSUES IN EDUCATION4
MGE 300INTRODUCTION TO MIDDLE GRADES EDUCATION4
MGE 311SUPERVISED FIELD EXPERIENCE1
SCU 335YOUNG ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT IN CONTEXT4
MGE 301LITERACY IN THE MIDDLE GRADES CONTENT AREAS I4
MGE 331SUPERVISED FIELD EXPERIENCE1
BBE 350ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS IN THE MIDDLE GRADES4
MGE 321THE WHOLE CHILD: CONCEPTIONS OF HEALTHY YOUNG ADOLESCENCE4
SER 387FOUNDATIONS OF LITERACY AND SPECIAL EDUCATION FOR THE MIDDLE GRADES4

Advanced Courses (Senior Standing): 22 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

Course Title Quarter Hours
MGE 341CURRICULAR LITERACY IN THE MIDDLE GRADES CONTENT AREAS II4
CSL 377SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING IN THE MIDDLE GRADES4
MGE 351ASSESSMENT PRACTICES IN THE MIDDLE GRADES4
MGE 361SUPERVISED FIELD EXPERIENCE1
Select two of the follownig (based on content concentration):8
MGE 371
THE TEACHING OF MATHEMATICS IN THE MIDDLE GRADES
MGE 372
THE TEACHING OF LANGUAGE ARTS IN THE MIDDLE GRADES
MGE 373
THE TEACHING OF SOCIAL STUDIES IN THE MIDDLE GRADES
MGE 374
THE TEACHING OF SCIENCE IN THE MIDDLE GRADES
MGE 381SUPERVISED FIELD EXPERIENCE1

Student Teaching: 10 quarter hours required, grade of B- or better required

Registration in student teaching requires completion of all requirements and procedures in the college core section. EDU 95 indicates to the Illinois State Board of Education that all field experience hours are complete. All students also take MGE 391, Student Teaching Seminar with student teaching (listed in the Liberal Studies section).

Course Title Quarter Hours
MGE 390STUDENT TEACHING10
EDU 95CLINICAL EXPERIENCE WITH CHILDREN AND YOUTH (non-credit, non-tuition, PA grade required)0

Minors

Students are eligible to complete any minor offered at DePaul University, including those related to the four Middle Grades Education content areas and to other areas of specialization in education. The minors related to the content areas and other areas of education include:

  • Bilingual Education
  • Biological Science
  • Chemistry
  • Coaching
  • Creative Writing
  • Economics
  • English as a Second Language
  • English as a Second Language/Bilingual Education
  • English Literature
  • Environmental Science
  • Exceptionality and Learning
  • Geography
  • Health
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Special Education

To complete a minor, students must fulfill all of the requirements of that minor as identified by the minor’s home department or program.

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 must be passed one quarter prior to Student Teaching.
  • Content Area Test: Two tests are required before Student Teaching (deadlines apply). Students must take the test corresponding to each of their content areas – Language Arts (test #201), Math (test #202), Science (test #203), or Social Science (test #204).
  • 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.

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