2021-2022 Academic Catalog

Middle Grades Education

The 128 credit-hour minimum is achievable by using specific courses that meet both general education requirements and the Middle Grades Education major curriculum requirements. All Middle Grades Education students must pick two content areas for their major. Elementary and Secondary education majors may add on specific content endorsements to their license through specific coursework. We recommend students work with their faculty advisor.

The Middle Grades Professional Educator License with content area Endorsements is granted by the state of Illinois. The requirements for the Middle Grades Endorsements, set forth by the state, are inclusive to the grades 5-8.

Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) are general education courses Concordia-Chicago agrees to accept in lieu of comparable, lower-division general education requirements. For more information regarding IAI transfer credit, please see the Illinois Board of Higher Education’s iTransfer website at www.itransfer.org.

General Education Requirements (47-63) 

Communication (9 Hours)

ENG-1100English Composition3
COM-1100Speech Communication3
ENG-2000Writing About Literature3

Humanities (9 Hours)

HUM-1995Arts and Ideas (Incoming transfer students are exempt from HUM 1995. Select 3 hours from the list of Humanities courses below)3
HIS-1200History of the American People to 18773
or HIS-1250 History of the American People since 1877
Vocation and College Success (transfer students exempt)
Transfer students select one 3 credit additional course from the following list in place of the HUM 1995 course to total nine hours of Humanities:3
Introduction to the Visual Arts
Two-Dimensional Basic Studio
Three-Dimensional Basic Studio
Western Art: Pre-history–Renaissance
Non-Western Art 1
Introduction to Film Studies
Global Documentary 1
Media Literacy
Content & Methods for Elementary Art (May also be applied to professional coursework)
Content & Methods for Elementary Music (May also be applied to program coursework)
Literature for Children, Adolescents & Young Adults (May also be applied to program coursework)
Non-Western Literature 1
Greek & Roman Mythology
U.S. Latina/o Literature(s)
African American Literature
Survey of Early Modern Europe, 1350-1815
Survey of Modern Europe Since 1815
Survey of World History to 1350 1
Survey of the World Since 1350 1
History of Illinois
Exploration of Music
Survey of Western Music
Music of World Cultures 1
History of Jazz
Introduction to Theater
Survey of Church History
Encountering Religion in America
Any Philosophy course
Any Foreign Langauge Course 1

Social and Behavioral Sciences (9 Hours)

EDUC-2020Human and Cognitive Development3
SBS-1995People and Society (transfer students exempt)3
PSY-4125Child and Adolescent Psychology3
Transfer students select additional courses from the following list as needed to total nine hours of social and behavioral sciences:3
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 1
Foundations of Economics
Foundations of Ethics of American Education (May also be applied to Special Education major)
Geography of North America
World Geography: Culture Patterns
The Developing World 1
American Government and Politics
General Psychology
Introduction to Sociology

Global Studies (3 Hours)

At least one course with a Global Studies must be taken. (GEO-1200 World Geography: Culture Patterns is required and fulfills this requirement.)

Natural Sciences (7-8 Hours)

At least one of the transfer courses in science must include a lab. All middle grades majors must complete coursework in three of the following areas; biology, chemistry, physics, earth science.

NSCI-1110Concepts in Chemistry and Biology4
NSCI-1120Concepts in Physics and Earth Science4

Mathematics (3 Hours)

Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Finite Mathematics (for non-math content specialists)
Pre-Calculus (or higher for math content specialists)

Health/Fitness (1 Hour)

PES-1010Fitness and Wellness1

Theology – Public Teacher Education (6 Hours)

Biblical Course
THY-1100The Bible3
Theological Course
THY-1210Introduction to Christianity3

Theology – Lutheran Teacher Education (21 Hours)

Required Methods Course
EDUC-4900Lutheran Teacher: Vocation and Methods3
Theology Minor (2.75 GPA Required)
THY-2220Lutheran Foundations 13
THY-2010Introduction to the Old Testament 23
THY-3105Introduction to the New Testament3
THY-3320Survey of Church History3
THY-3220Lutheran Theology 13
THY-4220Lutheran Theology 23