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The Middle Level Teacher Education program at Illinois State prepares candidates with a unique expertise in teaching young adolescents with a focus on grades 5-8.

As a Middle Level Teacher Education student, you are required to choose two subject areas in which to focus your studies. These concentration areas are supplemented with additional courses from related disciplines. Illinois State is the only middle level program in Illinois that requires candidates to have two content areas, giving our graduates greater flexibility in pursuing teaching opportunities and encourages graduates to consider cross-curricular teaching and learning experiences for their pupils.

Middle Level Teacher Education is a vibrant, innovative program that prepares the majority of highly trained candidates for Illinois middle level schools. New candidates become part of the 60-year history of middle level education at Illinois State.

Why Study Middle Level Teacher Education?

Middle school teachers facilitate the transition from childhood to young adulthood. They help students delve more deeply into subject matter and learn more about themselves and the world. A deep understanding of young adolescents and how they learn prepares our candidates to deliver exciting instructional experiences that resonate with their pupils.

Related Majors

Related Skills

  • Enjoy working with middle school children
  • Be creative and encourage children to be innovative
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Sensitive to the needs of other people
  • Strong organizational and planning skills
  • Ability to work individually and in a team setting

Related Fields

  • Educational Administrator
  • Educational Trainer
  • Professor

Career Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Renee Carrigan  110 Student Services Building  (309) 438-2200 

Internship Coordinator

Name Office Email Phone
Amber Bostwick  DeGarmo 232  (309) 438-5461 
Jill Donnel  DeGarmo 251  (309) 438-8769 
Carolyn Rutherford  DeGarmo 61N  (309) 438-5024 
Amanda Parrott  DeGarmo 58C  (309) 438-5029 

Applying to Illinois State

Illinois State's preferred filing period for freshman students for the fall semester is September 1-November 15. Applying early is encouraged, as the University must limit enrollment due to space at the University and in specific majors/programs. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

This information is based on requirements for the academic year(s) indicated. Students should consult the catalog year they were admitted under for their academic requirements.

Applying to Illinois State

Illinois State's preferred filing period for fall transfer students is September 1-January 15. For the spring semester, the preferred filing period is from April 1-August 1. You are encouraged to apply early in the preferred filing period for best consideration for admission into competitive majors. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!

Minimum GPA


Middle 50% GPA

2.96 - 3.37

Required Courses


Recommended Courses

  • Due to state licensure changes, consult with your academic advisor for recommended courses.

Additional Information

It is strongly recommended that students meet the Basic Skills Requirement prior to enrollment. Visit the College of Education's website for details on acceptable ACT or SAT scores which can be used to meet this requirement.

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone Note
Sarah Dolan  DeGarmo Hall 56  (309) 438-5873  Current Majors 

Middle 50% GPA

2.96 - 3.37

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

Application Period

September 1 - September 14, February 1 - February 14, May 1 - May 31

Application Information

Current students can use the Apply to Your Program tool on

Major Requirements

To be considered for acceptance into any of the Curriculum and Instruction majors, you must meet the following requirements. These requirements do NOT guarantee acceptance into the major.

  • Must have completed 12 hours of graded college-level coursework.
  • Must have passed the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) by application deadline. Information about TAP is available in the Cecilia J. Lauby Teacher Education Center in DeGarmo 56 and RegionalEducation Offices throughout the state. Tutoring for the Test of Academic Proficiency is offered through the Julia N. Visor Academic Center.
  • Pass ENG 101 with C or better.
  • Pass COM 110 with C or better.
  • The number of students admitted varies based on space availability and the quality of the pool of applicants. The range should not be viewed as a minimum for acceptance into these programs. After acceptance into a program, a minimum 2.50 GPA must be maintained to complete these programs. The following represents the middle 50 percent GPA range of admitted students for the last three semesters:
    • Early Childhood Education: 3.18–3.60
    • Elementary Education: 3.20–3.61
    • Middle Level Education: 2.90–3.62
    • Bilingual Education: 2.88–3.0

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone Note
Sarah Dolan  DeGarmo Hall 56  (309) 438-5873  Current Majors 
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