Middle School Education

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

Chairperson:Mary Grace Bator

Faculty:Chyrese Wolf

Degree(s)/Certification(s): B.S. Ed. 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 in Elementary Education leads to a Bachelor’s of Science in Education degree in Middle School Elementary Education. This program qualifies students for an Initial Type 03 (K-9) Illinois Elementary Certificate with middle grade endorsements in reading, language arts, and social science. As part of the required concentration courses, students will be able to choose an additional middle grade endorsement in either science or mathematics. Certification requires the successful completion of the Illinois Certification Tests of Basic Skills, Elementary / Middle Grades (K-9), and Assessment of Professional Teaching (Elementary K-9). The Middle School Education program is accredited by the National Middle School Association and meets Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) standards in elementary education.

General Requirements

  • Students are responsible for meeting the program and College requirements in effect at the time they officially register in a teacher education program leading to certification at Chicago State University, regardless of when they were admitted to the university.
  • Admission to the program is contingent upon good academic standing and acceptance by the department.
  • Admission to the College of Education is required prior to registration in any professional education courses other than ED 1520, 2000; PSYC 2020; S ED 4301; READ 3700, 4150; MIDS 3010, 3020; LIMS 4002; BIL 3150; and PE 2040.
  • A grade of B or better is required in PSYC 4210/377 and student teaching.
  • A one credit hour review course for the Illinois Teacher Certification Test in Elementary/Middle Grades (K-9) is strongly encouraged before applying for student teaching.
  • All student teachers will demonstrate they have met the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards, including mastery of the content knowledge as evidenced by a passing score on the Illinois Certification Content Area Test in Elementary/ Middle Grades (K-9). Students must submit proof of passing the certification test to the Office of Field Placement before they will be allowed to apply to student teach. In addition, all candidates must pass the Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) certification test (Elementary K- 9) before completing student teaching.
  • All degree requirements must be completed within six years.

Note: Candidates must abide by all College policies stated in this catalog, unless exceptions or adherence to higher expectations are noted in program documentation.

Students must complete 125-126 credit hours in:

General Education - 51 credit hours

Literacy/Reading Core - 9 credit hours

Area of Concentration - 15 credit hours

Professional Education - 50 credit hours

Specific Requirements

General Education / 51 credit hours

Composition / 6 credit hours

ENG 1270 and 1280.

Humanities / 6 credit hours

CMAT 1130; one of the following ENG 1260, ART 1100, or MUS 1134

Foreign Language / 6 hours of a single foreign language.

Natural Sciences / 12 credit hours

BIO 1510; PH S 1100, 1130, and 1114. At least one course must be a laboratory course.

Social Sciences / 15 credit hours

ECON 1000 or POL 1010, HIST 1310, GEOG 1000 or GEOG 1100, PSYC 1100, 4210. (PSYC 4210 requires a grade of B or above.)

Mathematics / 6 credit hours

MATH 1010, 1020

Literacy/Reading / 9 credit hours

READ 4170*; LIMS 4002; and one of the following: READ 4150 or BIL 4150.

Professional Education / 50 credit hours

ED 1520, 2000, 4440*; S ED 4301 and 4303*; READ 3700, 4291*, 4160*; MIDS 3010, 3020, 4160*, 4200*, 4210*; PSYC 2020; PE 2040; and one of the following: MIDS 4220*, 4230*, 4240*, or 4250*.

Area of Concentration / 15 credit hours

Middle School Education majors must complete a 15-hour concentration in one of the following areas: science, mathematics, language arts/English, or social science. Except for mathematics, nine credit hours must be upper division. Courses must be approved by a department advisor. The courses must be passed with at a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5.

* 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

3010/201 STANDARDS-BASED EXPLORATION OF MIDDLE SCHOOL MATHEMATICS TOPICS (3)

Prerequisite: MATH 1010

Integrating mathematical knowledge of standards and skills to apply problem solving skills to real world problems that encompass national, state, and local standards at the intermediate and middle school level. Twenty clock hours of teacher-aiding and/or tutoring.

3020/202 STANDARDS-BASED EXPLORATION OF MIDDLE SCHOOL SOCIAL STUDIES TOPICS /4 (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of 6 hours in the Social Studies General Education requirements.

Integrating social science knowledge of standards and skills to apply problem solving skills to real world problems that encompass national, state, and local standards at the intermediate and middle school level. Twenty clock hours of teacher-aiding and/or tutoring.

4020/302 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 4020 or ELED 4020.

Students must be admitted to the College of Education before taking the following courses.

4160/320 TEACHING CREATIVE ARTS IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL /4/ LABORATORY (3)

Prerequisite: Admission to the College of Education; Completion of ENG 1260, ART 1100 or MUS 1134; Completion of one of the following: ELCF 4440; 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 4160, ELED 4190, or ELED 220.

4200/374 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 the field. To be taken the long semester prior to student teaching. Credit will be given for only one of the following: MIDS 4200 or ELED 4200.

4210/375 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; consent of 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 4210, ELED 4210 or ELED 285.

4220/310 TEACHING MATHEMATICS IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL /4/ LABORATORY (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 4440; 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 4220, ELED 4170, or ELED 207.

4230/315 TEACHING SCIENCE IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL /4/ LABORATORY (3)

Prerequisite: Admission to the College of Education; Completion of Natural Science General Education Requirement (12 Hours); Completion of one of the following: ED 4440; 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 4230, ELED 4140, or ELED 214.

4240/325 TEACHING SOCIAL STUDIES IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL /4/ LABORATORY (3)

Prerequisite: Admission to the College o Education; Completion of Social Studies General Education Requirement (12 Hours); MIDS 3020; Completion of one of the following: ED 4440; 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.

4250/330 WORKSHOP METHODS OF READING AND LANGUAGE ARTS IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL /4/ LABORATORY (3)

Prerequisite: Admission to the College of Education; READ 4160; Completion of one of the following: ED 4440; 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 4250 or READ 4210.