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Master's in Middle School Education, MA

Teach Grades 5-8 in Illinois

With a master’s in middle school education, you can address the learning and socio-emotional needs of children in junior high classrooms.

This intensive, field-based program prepares you to work democratically with diverse children and families, including those with special needs and second language backgrounds. The program leads to Illinois teaching credentials in language arts, mathematics, science and social studies.


Why Roosevelt for Your Master’s Degree

Social Justice Focus

At Roosevelt, you’ll build inclusive, engaging relationships with faculty, school practitioners and learners. Immerse yourself in diverse school and community cultures.

The middle school education degree is ideal for students who don’t have an undergraduate degree in education but aspire to transform schools and classrooms. The program nurtures social justice leadership skills and coaches candidates toward career success.

Thorough Teacher Preparation

Teaching is a rewarding profession, but requires a lot of commitment and preparation. At Roosevelt, you can expect focused and practical assignments, engaging discussion, small group projects, and field experiences in diverse schools and classrooms.

In your final semester, you’ll complete a 15-week student teaching experience under the guidance of a mentor teacher and a university supervisor.

Earn Your Teaching License

The middle school education program prepares you for the edTPA, the capstone assessment for an Illinois teaching license.

Add one or more of endorsements to your teaching license:

  • Bilingual/ESL
  • Special Education (LBS 1)


“I just love my students and our program. As a former principal, nothing gives me greater joy than seeing our students go on to become outstanding teachers.”

Linda Pincham
Associate Professor of Secondary Education, Roosevelt University