Middle Level Education, M.A.

Degree + Professional Educator License

Make a difference in the lives of young adolescents in a highly needed role.

The Middle Level Education graduate program at Lewis University offers a wide-range of in-classroom teaching experiences to help students develop the skills and confidence to become an effective teacher for private and public schools. During the program, students will observe classrooms and interact with students through district partnerships, use the latest classroom technologies such as smartboards and graphing calculators, and discuss the benefits and challenges of different teaching approaches. Upon graduation, students will be able to meet the standards for licensure to teach grades 5-8 in the State of Illinois. Content areas include:

  • English/Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Science

The Middle Level Education graduate program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and fully approved by the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board and the Illinois State Board of Education.

Scholarship Options

  • TEACH Grant
  • Resources for the Education of Adults in the Chicago Area (REACH) Scholarship
  • Lasallian Book Scholarship

Visit the Financial Aid for Educational Studies page for more information on education scholarships.

Sample Courses:

  • Foundational Literacy for Middle School Teachers
  • Instructional Strategies and Learning Communities for Adolescents
  • Communication for Teachers
  • Characteristics and Development of the Adolescent Learner
  • Curriculum and Instruction in the Middle School
  • Exceptional Learners in Inclusive Communities

Admission Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 for the final 60 credit hours of study
  • Official college transcripts from all institutions previously attended
  • Successful completion of the Lewis University College of Education and Social Sciences Graduate Writing Examination
  • Submission of a graduate application form with non-refundable application fee
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Meet with the appropriate Department Chair or Program Director for a personal interview to discuss education goals
NOTE: Passing the Basic Skills Test is required by the state of Illinois before the student teaching semester. While this is not a requirement for admission to any of our programs, we strongly recommend that students seeking a Professional Educator License complete this requirement as quickly as possible. Students are considered to be a provisional candidate for the education program until the Basic Skills requirement is met. The tests that meet the Basic Skills requirement are the following:
  • Test of Academic Proficiency
  • Score of 22 or higher on the ACT plus a minimum score of 6 on the Writing Exam
  • Score of 1110 or higher on the SAT (evidence-based reading and writing + mathematics = 1110 or higher) and a minimum score of 26 on the writing and language

Please refer to the Office of Graduate Admission for application requirements and specific next steps.

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