The Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S. Ed.) degree in Middle Level Teaching and Learning is an interdisciplinary program designed to prepare future practitioners with the content knowledge and pedagogical approaches necessary to serve the needs of young adolescent learners in specific disciplines for teacher licensure in middle level education. As a condition for obtaining a middle level teaching license (grades 5-8) in Illinois, candidates prepare for teaching in one major content area endorsement: English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, or Social Sciences. In addition, the program has been designed so that candidates will earn endorsement in an additional area.
All students seeking admission to teacher education are required to have an overall minimum NIU GPA of 2.50 and successful completion of the Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS) Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP), or equivalent recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education. Additionally, students must obtain a grade C or better in all foundational studies general education courses; EPS 300, EPS 382, and EPS 419. These requirements must be met prior to enrollment in MLTL 302, Introductory Clinical Experience in Middle Level Curriculum and Instruction.