Middle School Education

Department:
Secondary & Middle School Education (K-12 & 6-12)

Chairperson:
Mary Grace Bator

Faculty:
Chyrese Wolf

Degree(s)/Certification(s):
M.A.T. in Middle School Elementary Education
+ State of Illinois Type 04 Certificate
(Grades K-9 + Highly Qualified Middle School Endorsement)

Content Designations:
MIDS

The Middle School Education option program in Elementary Education leads to a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in Middle School Education. The purpose of this program is to provide individuals with a bachelor’s degree in an area other than education the opportunity to earn a master’s degree and an initial teacher certificate. Completion of the Master of Arts in Teaching degree in Middle School Education qualifies students for an Initial Type 03 (K-9) Illinois Elementary certificate with middle grade endorsements in language arts and literacy/reading. Concentration coursework may lead to other middle grade endorsements such as science, mathematics, or social studies. Certification requires the successful completion of the Illinois Certification Tests of Basic Skills, Content Area (Elementary/Middle Grades) and Assessment of Profession Teaching (K-9). The Middle School Education program is aligned with the National Middle School Association standards, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education standards, the Association for Childhood Education International, and the Illinois State Board of Education Middle Level Standards.

General Requirements

Applicants must meet all general requirements for admission to Chicago State University graduate programs as well as the following additional requirements.

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • A minimum grade point average of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) in the final 60 credit hours of bachelor’s degree course work. (Upper division and graduate level course work in fields other than education which was completed after the bachelor’s degree will be considered for applicants whose GPA in their last 60 credit hours of bachelor’s degree work is not high enough to be considered for conditional admission).
  • A minimum grade of C in undergraduate coursework satisfying general education requirements; 3 credit hours in each of the following—composition II, speech, college level mathematics, biological science, physical science (at least one science course must include a laboratory); 9 credit hours in at least two of the following humanities—the arts (music, art, theater), literature, philosophy, foreign language; 9 credit hours in at least two of the following social sciences—history, geography, economics, political science, anthropology, psychology, sociology, and including U.S. History or American national government; one course incorporating multicultural or global perspectives.
  • A minimum grade of C and a grade point average of 3.0 in 18 credit hours of coursework beyond the introductory level and at the 3000 level or above in one area from an approved undergraduate major.
  • A one credit hour review course for the Illinois Teacher Certification Test in Elementary/Middle Grades (K-9) is strongly encouraged before student teaching.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Successful completion of the Illinois Certification of Basic Skills.

Specific Requirements

Required Courses

Literacy/Reading Core 9 credit hours

READ 5170*; LIMS 5002; and one of the following: READ 5150 or BIL 5150.

Professional Education Core 54 credit hours

ED 5000, 5440*, 5480*, 5650; PSYC 5210, 5840; S ED 5301, 5303*; READ 3700, 5291*, 5160*, 5240; MIDS 5160*, 5000; ELED 5521; one technology course approved by the department; and one of the following: MIDS 5220*, 5230*, 5240*, or 5250*.

*Restricted to students admitted to the College of Education.

Supportive Course / 1 credit hour

ELED 3092 (May not be counted for degree credit.)

*If student has not successfully completed Illinois Certification Content Area Test in Elementary/Middle Grades (K-9) he/she must take and pass ELED 3920.

Middle School Education (MIDS) Course Offerings

5000/400 THE MIDDLE MATTERS: STANDARDS-BASED EXPLORATION OF MIDDLE LEVEL INTEGRATED TOPICS (3)

Prerequisite: Restricted to master’s degree candidates or consent of the department.

Integrating content, skills and pedagogical content knowledge of standards and current middle level research to apply problem-solving skills to real world problems that encompass national, state, and local standards at the intermediate and middle school level. 20 clock hours in the field.

5020/302 TEACHING WRITING IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL (3)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the English Qualifying Examination.

Exploration of literacy processes in emergent writers; influence of writing on reading processes; instructional strategies and approaches for teaching writing to intermediate and middle school students. Credit will be given for only one of the following: MIDS 5020 or ELED 5020.

5160/320 TEACHING CREATIVE ARTS IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL /LABORATORY/4/ (3)

Prerequisite: Admission to the College of Education; Completion of ENG 1260, ART 1100 or MUS 1134; Completion of one of the following: ELCF 5440; ELED 3010; or BIL 2000.

Techniques, methods, materials, and content for teaching creative arts in intermediate and middle school settings. Emphasis will be placed on integrating the following into content areas: literature, music, crafts, arts, and rhythms. Credit will be given for only one of the following: MIDS 5160/320, ELED 5190/320, or ELED 220.

5200/374 FIELD PRACTICUM IN MIDDLE SCHOOL EDUCATION/FIELD (3)

Prerequisite: Admission to the College of Education and consent of department.

Supervised hands-on experience in an elementary classroom with intermediate and middle school emphasis designed for students to apply teaching and learning strategies acquired in methods courses. Course content includes: classroom management; school policies, rules, and laws; teaching strategies; dispositions; and technology. One hundred clock hours in field. To be taken the long semester prior to student teaching. Credit will be given for only one of the following: MIDS 5200 or ELED 5200.

5210/375 STUDENT TEACHING IN MIDDLE SCHOOL EDUCATION/FIELD (6)

Prerequisite: Admission to the College of Education; Completion of all other coursework in the approved program; a 2.5 grade point average in the concentration, professional education courses, and all coursework in the approved program; ED 0920; or and Consent of the department; and a passing score on the subject matter/content area certification test within the last five years.

Placement in an elementary field-based classroom with an emphasis in intermediate and middle school settings. University and cooperating school supervision will occur for the five full days over 16 weeks in the classroom plus one weekly seminar held on-site or on-campus. Credit will be given for only one of the following: MIDS 5210, ELED 5210 or ELED 285.

5220/310 TEACHING MATHEMATICS IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL LABORATORY/4/ (3)

Prerequisite: Admission to the College of Education; Completion of Mathematics General Education Requirement (6 Hours); MIDS 3010; Completion of one of the following: ED 5440; ELED 3010; or BIL 2000.

Techniques, methods, materials, and content for teaching of mathematics in intermediate and middle school settings. Credit will be given for only one of the following: MIDS 5220, ELED 5170, or ELED 207.

5230/315 TEACHING SCIENCE IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL/LABORATORY/4/ (3)

Prerequisite: Admission to the College of Education; Completion of Natural Science General Education Requirement (12 Hours); Completion of one of the following: ED 5440; ELED 3010; or BIL 2000.

Techniques, methods, materials, and content for teaching science in intermediate and middle school settings. Credit will be given for only one of the following: MIDS 5230, ELED 5140, or ELED 214.

5240 /325 TEACHING SOCIAL STUDIES IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL /LABORATORY/4/ (3)

Prerequisite: Admission to the College of Education; Completion of Social Studies General Education Requirement (12 Hours); MIDS 3020; Completion of one of the following: ED 5440; ELED 3010; or BIL 2000.

Techniques, methods, materials, and content for teaching of social studies in intermediate and middle school settings. Additional emphasis will be placed on integrating technology into teaching the following content areas: branches of government (federal, state, local), balance of power, economics, geography, and the U.S. Constitution. Credit will be given for only one of the following: MIDS 4240, ELED 4150, or ELED 215.

5250 WORKSHOP METHODS OF READING AND LANGUAGE ARTS IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL LABORATORY/4/ (3)

Prerequisite: Admission to the College of Education; READ 5160; Completion of one of the following: ED 5440; ELED 3010; or BIL 2000.

Provides preservice and inservice teachers with knowledge of methods of reading instruction in three areas: (1) word recognition, (2) vocabulary, and (3) comprehension. Credit will only be given for one of the following: MIDS 5250 or READ 5300.