2022-2023 Academic Catalog

Middle Grades Areas of Endorsement

The Middle Grades Education program requires students to choose two areas of endorsement for licensure.  All other majors require only one area of endorsement. All other majors should refer to the Additional Endorsement section  of this catalog. CUC’s approved areas of endorsement are listed below:

Literacy Education Coursework  (27 hours) 

Required Courses
EDMG-3000Middle Grades: Development and Philosophy (Required course)3
EDMG-4900Content and Methods for Middle Grades Literacy (Required course)3
Select remaining 21 hours from the following:21
Speech Communication (Included in Ged Ed or program requirement) 1
Content & Methods for Elementary Literacy
Literacy Instruction in the Content Areas (Included in Ged Ed or program requirement) 1
Content & Methods of Middle/Secondary English
Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL Students
Linguistics and Language Development for Diverse Learners
Literature for Children, Adolescents & Young Adults
Foundations of Literacy (Included in Ged Ed or program requirement) 1
English Composition (Included in Ged Ed or program requirement) 1
Writing About Literature (Included in Ged Ed or program requirement) 1
Non-Western Literature (meets Global Emphasis requirement)
U.S. Latina/o Literature(s)
Greek & Roman Mythology
African American Literature
Classical World Literature
Modern World Literature
British Literature to 1785
Major American Authors
Literary Theory & Criticism (recommended course)
Literature/Related Media for Adolescents (Included in Ged Ed or program requirement) 1, 3
Romantic Period: 1785-1832
Victorian Age: 1832-1901
American Renaissance
American Realism and Naturalism
Twentieth Century American Fiction
Twentieth Century Poetry
Total Hours27

Mathematics Education Coursework (27-30 Hours)

Required Courses
EDMG-3000Middle Grades: Development and Philosophy3
EDMG-4905Content and Methods for Middle Grades Math3
MAT-1411Mathematics for Teachers: Number and Measurement (prerequisites and required) 13
MAT-1820Pre-Calculus (prerequisites and required, but maybe satisfied by placement) 13
MAT-2400Calculus for Business and Life Sciences3
or MAT-2500 Calculus I
MAT-3700College Geometry3
Select two additional Math courses from the list below (select a third if MAT-1820 is waived): 6-9
Discrete Mathematics
History of Mathematics
Problem Solving with Number Theory
Calculus II
Calculus III
Differential Equations
Mathematical Proof
Linear Algebra
Number Theory
Group Theory
Probability Theory
Mathematical Statistics
Real Analysis
Complex Analysis
Total Hours27-30

Music Education Coursework (25 hours) 

Required Courses
EDMG-3000Middle Grades: Development and Philosophy3
MUS-1411Introduction to Music Education1
MUS-3883Basic Conducting3
MUS-4412Methodologies of Music Learning2
The following courses meet the content area preparation for the music endorsement for the Middle Grades license
MUS-2112Aural Skills I2
MUS-2113Music Theory I: Diatonic3
MUS-2121Aural Skills II1
Select one of the following:3
History of Western Music 1750-1900 (recommended)
Survey of Western Music
Applied Music Studies
Select three hours from the following:3
Applied Lessons-Primary Instrument (four semesters of half hour lessons)
Applied Voice (two semesters at .5 credit per semester) 1
Ensemble (two semesters at .5 credtis) 2
Applied Piano (two semesters at .5 credits) 3
Techniques Classes
Select one track from the following:2
Choral Track
Vocal Techniques for Music Educators
Band Track: Instrumental Techniques 4
Instrumental Techniques: Upper Brass
Instrumental Techniques: Lower Brass
Instrumental Techniques: Single Reed
Instrumental Techniques: Double Reeds and Flutes
Program/Repertoire Courses
Select one track from the following:2
Instrumental Program and Repertoire
The Choral Program and Repertoire
Total Hours25

Physical Education Coursework (27 hours)

Required Courses
EDMG-3000Middle Grades: Development and Philosophy3
EDSC-4900Content & Methods: Teaching PE Middle/Secondary3
Please select 21 hours from the following courses. 21
Fitness and Wellness
Foundations of Exercise and Sport Science
Applied Anatomy and Physiology
Physical Growth/Motor Development
Teaching Individual and Dual Sports Activities
Teaching Team Sport Activities
Teaching Dance Activities
Weight Training and Cardiovascular Activities
Total Hours27

Science Education (STEM Emphasis) Coursework (27 hours)

Prerequisite: EDUC-3400 Integrated Sciences – STEM

Integrated Sciences: STEM (Required for Middle Grades Science majors. Recommended for Secondary Biology.) Must include physical science, life science AND earth/space science. General Education and pre-requisite courses may be applied. 

Required Courses
EDMG-3000Middle Grades: Development and Philosophy3
EDSC-4618Content & Methods of Middle/Secondary Science3
Select remaining 21 hours from the following:21
Integrated Sciences – STEM (prerequisites and required)
Concepts in Chemistry and Biology (prerequisites and required) 1
Concepts in Physics and Earth Science (prerequisites and required) 1
Biology in the World Today
General Biology I
General Biology II
Cell Biology
General Ecology
Consumer Chemistry
Fundamentals of Chemistry
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry 2
Elements of Earth Science
Physics of Things We Use
Elementary Physics I
Elementary Physics II
As needed to meet the 120-hour degree requirement
Total Hours27

​Social Sciences Coursework  (27 hours)

Required Courses
EDMG-3000Middle Grades: Development and Philosophy (Pre-requisite and Required course)3
EDSC-4619Content & Methods of Middle/Secondary Social Science (Pre-requisite and Required course)3
HIS-1200History of the American People to 1877 (Pre-requisite and Required course)3
HIS-1250History of the American People since 1877 (Pre-requisite and Required course)3
GEO-1200World Geography: Culture Patterns (Pre-requisite and Required course)3
HIS-2800A History of Illinois3
9 Additional hours from the categories of: Economics, Geography, History, and/or Civics/Government in relation to Illinois, United States, and/or the world. 9
Geography of North America
The Developing World
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Sustainability
Elements of Earth Science
Survey of World History to 1350
Survey of the World Since 1350
Seminar in Writing and Researching History
The Age of Reform, 1400-1650
Europe In Our Time: 1918-Present
Rise and Decline of Modern Europe: 1799-1918
Antebellum America
Contemporary America
The American Religious Experience
U.S. Diplomatic History
Twentieth Century World History
Non-Western Historical Studies
American Government and Politics
Total Hours27