Middle Grade Endorsement

The middle grade endorsement is available for candidates completing a licensure program in either elementary or secondary education through December 2017. To earn this endorsement, candidates are required to have the equivalent of 3 credit hours of middle grade philosophy, curriculum, instruction and methods and 3 credit hours of early adolescent psychology, in addition to subject specific ISBE requirements. At Saint Xavier University, EDGEL/EDGIP/EDGSE 459: Methods, Curriculum and Philosophy of Teaching in the Middle School and EDGSE 508: Advanced Adolescent Development satisfy the two specific requirements.

For the subject area, most endorsements require 18 credit hours in one subject, but some endorsements (bilingual education, English as a second language, foreign language, gifted education, mathematics, safety and driver's education and reading) require additional hours or specific course requirements.