The bachelor's degree in Middle Level Education (MLED) will provide students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be successful teachers in grades 5-8.

Program Requirements

  • Candidates choose a minimum of one discipline to earn their endorsement from Social Studies, Math, Science, and/or Language Arts.
  • Subject area endorsements require 21 hours of approved content courses in the discipline.
  • MLED candidates complete two clinical experiences in grades 5-8 classrooms totaling 200 hours and full-time student teaching in their endorsement area for 16 weeks.
  • Candidates who complete the MLED program qualify for the Illinois Middle Grade Professional Educator License to teach in their endorsement area(s).

Math and Science Concepts Minor

Candidates in the Middle Level Education, B.A. program who want to add an endorsement in math and science concepts need to pass the middle-level content exams in both math and science, fulfill the clinical experience requirement in a high-need school, and complete the MSTQE program of study.

Program Benefits

The Goodwin College of Education offers flexible day, evening and weekend classes.

Students get personalized attention from skilled professors in small class sizes, and gain connections to internships, career fairs and educational conferences.

Northeastern offers an affordable tuition and convenient urban locations accessible by car or public transportation.

Completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Middle Level Education will satisfy all standards for teacher licensure as required by the Illinois State Board of Education. Northeastern Illinois University has not made a determination as to whether this education degree program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification in any of the other 54 U.S. states and jurisdictions. Specific requirements for licensure or certification in states other than Illinois vary from state-to-state. In some cases, you may need to take additional coursework or exams to meet individual state requirements and/or you may need to complete background checks.

Career Options

Students who complete the B.A. in Middle Level Education can find a career in public or private sector positions, such as:

  • Middle School Teacher

For more detailed career information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Academic Catalog Information

Take a closer look at the Middle Level Education, B.A. and the courses offered toward the degree.

Middle Level Education, B.A.

Department and Contact Information

If you are interested in the program or have questions, please contact Teacher Education at (773) 442-5380.

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