Curriculum and Instruction

Middle Level Education


Program of Study
Students combine a foundation of general studies with major courses and clinical experiences with children as they complete the Middle Level Education curriculum.  A Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in Middle Level Education leads to Illinois teacher licensure in grades 5th through 8th grade (self-contained classrooms).  Candidates will choose to prepare for licensure in one of four areas of specialization:  Science, Social Studies, Literacy or Math.
In addition to extensive coursework in the major, students begin observing middle school students early in the program and begin working with them as tutors and classroom aides in their junior year.  During the comprehensive pre-student teaching field experience in the first semester of their senior year, students teach lessons in their area of specialization.  The program culminates in a 12-week student teaching experience. 

The professors in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction have a strong interest in helping students develop into skilled, competent and creative professionals. The faculty members hold advanced degrees from notable universities across the United States and are all experienced public school teachers.  The faculty engage in a wide variety of scholarly activities that enhance their teaching:  collaborating with local education agencies, participating in professional organizations, providing continuing education workshops, delivering professional conference presentations, publishing in education journals, authoring books and book chapters, and writing grants.  Several have won teaching, technology and/or research awards. 

A number of scholarships are available to academically talented students through the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, the Center for Preparation of Education Professionals (CPEP) advising office, and the College of Education and Human Services.  Information about these scholarships can be found on the department website at 

Honors College
Entering students with high ACT or SAT scores and/or top placement in their high school graduating classes may be eligible for the Centennial Honors College.  Transferring students with high GPAs may be eligible as well.  General honors seminars in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences provide students with the opportunity to explore key academic issues with distinguished faculty members.  To find out more, visit

Transfer Students
Many students enroll in our programs after completing one or two years at a community college.  Because our programs are very specific and courses are sequential, it is imperative that students who are considering transferring into our program contact the Center for the Preparation of Educational Professionals (CPEP) advising office early for assistance with selecting appropriate community college classes to ensure a smooth transition to WIU.

Student Activities
Students participate in professional groups such as the WIU Student Education Association, Council for Exceptional Children, Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education, and Society of Educators.  Students are also involved in the PreK-8 Science Update Conference, Assistive Technology Conference, WIU SEA Spring Conference, and KDP Fall Conference.  Information on other organizations can be found at

Special Opportunities
The faculty in the department are committed to meeting the needs of individual students and communicate with them frequently.  Middle Level Education majors complete coursework toward licensure in either Science, Social Studies, Literacy or Mathematics.  The use of technology and techniques to accommodate the needs of individual children are emphasized throughout the program.  Students apply the knowledge gained in the classroom as they complete a variety of field experiences and student teaching. The department’s “Outstanding Pre-service Teaching Award” (OPTA) recognizes students who have demonstrated excellence in their academic coursework and teaching experiences. 

After College
Nationwide studies indicate teacher shortages in some areas and suggest that job opportunities are increasing.  All graduates of the Middle Level Education program are qualified to teach in grades 5th through 8th departmentalized classrooms.

For More Information
For more information, contact the Office of Teacher Education in Horrabin Hall 40 at (309) 298-2117 or the School of Education in Horrabin Hall 117 at (309) 298-1183.


Middle Level Education Sequence of Courses that are Common to All Areas of Specialization
+Grade of “C” or higher required.
NOTE:  This plan is subject to successful completion of pre-requisites and/or availability of courses

ENG 180+          College Writing I             (3)
HIST 105/106+  American History              3)       
C&I 110+            Critical Skills                   (2)     
Humman well-being                                   (1)
2 other classes per area of specialization (6-8)

GEOG 110 +   World Regional Geography   (3)
4 other classes per area of specialization (12-14)



Complete the safety training
Complete Technology Competency Assessment

ENG 280+       College Writing II                 (3)
SPED 210+     Exceptional Individual          (2)
EDS 202+        Mulit Cultural/Social Fdn       (3)
C&I 170+         Class Observation/Seminar (1)
2 other classes per area of specialization   (7-8)


EDS 306+   Learning & Dev’t in Adolescent   (3)
C&I 270+ Elem Ed Field Work/Sem II           (1)
COMM 241+  Intro to Public Speaking          (3)
3 other classes per area of specialization   (8-10)






Must be fully accepted to Teacher Education  Program by end of sophomore year.
Complete ELL modules.

C&I 370 +    Field work Seminar I                 (1)
EDS 305+      Measurement & Assessment   (2)
RDG 384+    Literacy Instruc. Intermediate   (3)
3-4 other classes per area of specialization (8-10)

RDG 388+  Disciplinary Lit Instr Mid Grades (3)
SPED 390+ Differentiating Instr for Learners (2)
3-4 other classes per area of specialization (9-12)


Student Teaching Application
Graduation Application
Mandated Reporter Training Certificate

C&I 403+        Middle Level Education           (4)
C&I 470+        Senior Filed work                     (4)
EDS 401+        Education Law & Policy           (2)
1-2 other classes per area of specialization  (3-6)

*STUDENT TEACHING 462           (12)

Successfully pass edTPA


Successfully pass Illinois Certification Teaching System Subject Matter Test(s)


Additional Coursework Required for Specific Areas of Specialization
Each area of specialization chosen will include the following classes:  Fine Arts+ (3), STAT 171+ (3), POLS 122+ (3), EDS 428+ (3), ECON+ (3), and
Human Well Being (2-3).  Additional courses required per area of specialization are listed below:


BIOL 100 or 101+                        (4)
MATH 128+ Precalculus Algebra (3)
MATH 137+ Applied Calculus I    (3)
Multicultural                                  (3)
Physical Science+                       (3)
Earth and Space Science+       (3-4)
MATH 260+ Num Alg Geo T&L    (4)
MATH+ Directed Math course      (3)
MATH 402+ Investig in Schl Geo (2)
Fine Arts or Humanities elective  (3)
MATH 407+ Num Theory Cncpts (3)
Open electives                            (5)
MATH 367+ Tch Mid Schl Math   (3)


BIOL 181/GEOL 181+ Int Sci I      (4)
GEOL 110+  Intro to the Earth        (4)
GEOG/PHYS 182+  Integ Sci II      (4)
BIOL 101+  Biological World         (4)
Multicutural                                   (3)
PHYS 114+  Applied Physics         (4)
Fine Arts or Humanities elective     (3)
CHEM 101+ Gen Chemistry           (4)
Directed Science courses            (7-8)
Open electives                               (2)
SCED 465+ Mid Sch Sci Methods  (3)

Social Studies

BIOL 100 or 101+                          (4)
HIST 115+  World Hist to 1500       (3)
HIST 105/106 Humanities               (3)
Physical Science+                         (3)
MATH 260+ Num Alg Geo T&L      (4)
Earth and Space Science+          (3-4)
ANTH 110+  Intro Cultural Anth     (3)
HIST 116+  World Hist since 1500  (3)
GEOG 100+  Intro Human Geog    (3)
POLS 267+ Comparative Gov/Pol  (3)
U.S. History electives                     (6)
World History elective                    (3)
SSED 390+ Methods Mid Schl SS (3)


BIOL 100 or 101+                          (4)
Social Science                              (3)
ENG+ Humanities dir elective        (3)
Physical Science+                         (3)
ENG 299+  Crit Meth Rdg/Wrtg     (3)
MATH 260+ Num Alg Geo T&L      (4)
Earth and Space Science+          (3-4)
ENG 433+  Literature Young Child (3)
RDG 467 or ENG 303+                   (3)
RDG 433+  Corrective Reading      (3)
LLA 367+  Lang Arts Mid Schl        (3)
ENG/RDG directed electives+        (6)
RDG 434+ Literacy Assessments   (3)