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Middle Grade Endorsement

Middle Grade (5-8) Endorsements: IWU offers coursework that leads to Middle Grade subsequent endorsements in Language Arts, Social Science, General Science, and Mathematics. Middle Grade endorsements allow one to teach in a specific content area in grades 5 through 8 or in grades 5 and 6 in a Self Contained General Education class (6 hours in each content area to be taught). Middle Grade endorsements require a content specific methods course within the 18-hour coursework requirement (some coursework at the upper level is strongly suggested) and passage of the appropriate content test. At IWU the classes that meet the Middle Grade methods requirement are as follows:


Language Arts

18 hours total

Language Arts coursework: english, journalism, reading, speech, communications + Language Arts methods course EDUC 360  Middle Grade Language Arts

Social Science 

18 hours total

Social Science coursework required areas: economics, geography (IWU's -environmental studies with geography focus), history, civics & government (IWU's political science) + Social Science methods course EDUC 361

If additional hours needed can use electives in psychology, sociology, anthropology, religious studies

Middle Grade Social Science 


18 hours total

Science coursework required areas: physical sciences (chemistry, physics, environmental studies), life sciences (biology, environmental studies), earth and space sciences (environmental studies, physics) + Science methods course EDUC 363 

Middle Grade Science


18 hours total

Math coursework: algebra, geometry, probability, and/or statistics (can use ECON 227/PSY 227 for statistics) are recommended + Math methods course EDUC 362.  

Middle Grade Math

*See ISBE list of coursework that is acceptable for all endorsement areas


Leah Nillas - Chair and Associate Professor of Educational Studies

Department - Education