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Middle School Endorsement


Why a Middle School Endorsement?

For middle school students, grades five through eight can be a particularly challenging time as they grow from young children into their early teen years. They need teachers who understand how to engage and inspire them during this uniquely formative time in their lives. They need you!

McKendree’s classes leading to Middle School Endorsement give current teachers with an elementary or secondary education license the ability to effectively reach middle schoolers on their level. You’ll learn from highly-qualified professors while taking courses on key topics, such as the needs of early adolescents, Middle School philosophy, and curriculum/instructional methods.

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Curriculum Requirements

EDU 503 - Middle School Philosophy and Practices (3 Credits)

EDU 504 - Early Adolescents and Schooling (3 Credits)

Math Middle School Only:

EDU 574 - Methods of Teaching Mathematics (Grades 6-8) (3 Credits)


The Illinois State Board of Education creates the guidelines for Middle School Endorsement. Due to recent changes, the current requirements for obtaining a Middle School Endorsement will only be valid until January 31, 2018. After February 1, 2018, the only way to earn a Middle School Endorsement will be to complete a new, state-approved Middle School program.

Obtaining a Middle School Endorsement prior to January 31, 2018, will require earning a C or higher in EDU 403/503 Middle School Philosophy and Practices and EDU 404/504 Early Adolescents and Schooling. The Middle School Math Endorsement requires an additional course, EDU 574 Methods of Teaching Mathematics (Grades 6-8).

Students need to receive a C or higher in the required number of content course hours. If you receive your initial Professional Educator’s License after January 31, 2018, you will need to adhere to the new Middle School requirements.




McKendree’s online courses in Middle School Endorsement are offered in an eight-week format, giving you the flexibility you need to balance your full-time teaching job and your professional goals. The courses are offered every semester.



Admission Requirements

To apply for McKendree’s courses in Middle School Endorsement, you must have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. We consider applicants on an individual basis without regard to sex, race, disability, nationality, or religion.

All students taking endorsement coursework will be classified as non-degree seeking. A completed graduate admission application (no fee) is required for consideration for admission.



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