With things changing continually here in Illinois this is a place I'm writing notes down that I can refer back to later. This information is correct to my knowledge. However, the reader should not use this page as his/her sole source of information. I recommend that this information be verified using other sources. If anything changes, or you find errors on this page, please e-mail me.

**Note: **Middle Level Teaching requirements will be changing soon. After February 1, 2018 candidates seeking a middle grades (grades 5-8) endorsement in mathematics will need to meet the new standards. In fact, candidates will need to complete a 32 semester hour **major in middle grades education** offered by an Illinois program approved for the preparation of teachers in the middle grades (as per section 25.99 of Part 25).

- Six (6) Semester Hours: "The middle grade teacher must also complete 3 semester hours of coursework in middle school philosophy, curriculum and instructional methods for designing and teaching developmentally appropriate programs in the middle grades, including content area reading instruction, and 3 semester hours of coursework in educational psychology focusing on the developmental characteristics of early adolescents and the role of the middle grade teacher in assessment, coordination and referral of students to health and social services." (Minimum Requirements Booklet, section XI. Staff Qualifications)
- At WIU, this is achieved by taking C&I 403 (4SH). One (1) SH of EIS 201 and (1) SH of EIS 301 relate to middle level psychology, assessment, etc. This totals to 6 SH.
- Of course the student needs to have content courses as well.

For El Ed majors seeking middle school endorsement:

Area |
WIU Course |

i.) Math content for Elem teachers | 106 |

ii) Calculus | 207 or any calculus course |

iii) Modern Alg. or Number Theory | 407 |

iv) Geometry | 206 and 402 |

v) Computer Science | 408 |

vi) Probability and Stats | 409 |

vii) History of math | * |

At the present time to be endorsed for middle school math, an el ed major need not take a math content test (other than the el ed content test that already exists, covering all subject areas).

Certified teachers seeking an endorsement in mathematics must obtain (as per the Endorsement Requirements for Subjects document linked below):

- A major in the content area indicated on the transcript or 32 semester hours in the content area; OR
- Must take 24 SH of mathematics coursework and pass the Math Content test.

- I.S.B.E. - https://www.isbe.net/
- Illinois Licensure Testing System (ICTS) - http://www.il.nesinc.com/

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James R. Olsen, Western Illinois University

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*Page last updated:*
February 3, 2017