Middle Level Education, B.A.

Degree + Professional Educator License

Effectively teach adolescents and prepare young minds for success in adulthood.

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The Middle Level Education program at Lewis University connects theory with practice, allowing students the opportunities to apply course concepts in real-world environments. Students are placed in the field for classroom observations in a middle school or junior high school, helping them to develop the skills and confidence while earning their degree. Upon graduation, students will be prepared to teach grades 5-8 in the following areas:

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Science

2+2 Program Option

Through unique partnerships with College of DuPage (COD) and Harper College, students may attend COD or Harper College for the first two years of the program and complete the final two years at Lewis University's main campus in Romeoville, for a discounted tuition rate. Upon completion of the program, students receive a Bachelor of Arts in Middle Level Education degree from Lewis University. For more information and full admission requirements for 2+2 Teaching Education programs, please contact Joan Williams at williajo@lewisu.edu or (815) 836-5268.

The Middle Level Education 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

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

Sample Courses:

  • Foundational Literacy for Middle School Teachers
  • Special Methods
  • Characteristics and Development of the Adolescent Learner
  • Pedagogy and Assessment for Effective Instruction
  • Grammar for Teachers
  • Introduction to Number Theory
  • Principles of Environmental Science
  • State and Local Government

On Campus Opportunities

  • Collegiate Middle Level Association
  • Teachers of Tomorrow
  • Best Buddies

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of an introductory level methods course
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75 (to enroll in the introductory methods course and to continue in the program)
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 Admission for application requirements and specific next steps.

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For more information contact the Office of Admission at admission@lewisu.edu or call (815)836-5250.