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Middle Grades Education (Grades 5-8)

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What is Middle Grades Education (Grades 5-8)?

This major prepares you to teach grades five through eight. In addition to developing expertise in a specific content area like math, science, social studies, or literacy, you’ll learn how to plan lessons that teach students in more than one content area. Our curriculum will also prepare you to work with colleagues using a team approach in schools.

Career Options

  • Educational therapy
  • Guidance counseling
  • Middle school education
  • School administration

Post-Graduation Success1

80% employed or continuing education

79% employed after graduation

1% attending graduate school

$41,372 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Chicago Public Schools, Champaign Unit 4 School District, Naperville Community Unit School District 203

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Midwestern University, University of California, Los Angeles

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

24 - 28 ACT Score

1190 - 1300 SAT Score

3.25 - 3.77 High School GPA

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,036
  • Fees: $3,968
  • Expenses3: $15,008
  • Total: $31,012

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $28,606
  • Fees: $3,968
  • Expenses3: $15,348
  • Total: $47,922

International

  • Tuition: $29,480
  • Fees: $3,968
  • Expenses3: $15,348
  • Total: $48,796
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