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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 5 through 8. If you join our program, you'll develop expertise in a specific content area such as math, science, social studies, or literacy. You will also learn how to plan teaching lessons in more than one content area. Our curriculum prepares you to work with school colleagues using a team approach.

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: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,180
  • Total: $31,390

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $29,178
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $48,872

International

  • Tuition: $30,052
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $49,746
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