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Middle School Endorsement

This endorsement will allow you to add a content area to your certificate, gaining valuable skills specific to the context in which you’ll teach. North Park’s middle school endorsement program will help advance your career and make you a more effective teacher. Our faculty are experienced teaching professionals who will get to know you in small classes.

In this endorsement program, you’ll examine the development issues that impact the middle school and its philosophies and practices; understand the middle school classroom and its structure, curriculum, and instruction; explore teaching strategies; and learn how to better support students as changing young people.

Our program will help you meet the requirements for earning this endorsement: in addition to the semester hour requirement in your subject area (typically 18 semester hours), you’ll complete our two courses.

EDUC 5311 is for graduate students-at-large and graduate students in our program receiving certification to teach at the elementary (K–9) level. If you are a Type 10 (K–12) or secondary certificate, you will have a different middle school methods and materials course as part of your sequence.

Courses

Two classes are required for the middle school endorsement. These courses are available to both undergraduate and graduate students; undergraduate course are 3000-level, graduate courses are 5000-level. Click on a course title below to read the description for that class.

EDUC 3011 – Middle School and Adolescent Development
A study of the physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development of the young adolescent. Examination of developmental issues that impact the middle school, its philosophy, and its practices which are responsive to the adolescent, both cognitively and affectively.

EDUC 5011 – Middle School and Adolescent Development
A study of the physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development of the young adolescents. Examination of developmental issues that impact the middle school, its philosophy, and its practices responsive to the adolescent, both cognitively and affectively.

EDUC 5311 – Middle School Methods and Materials In Grades 5-9
Emphasis on the middle school classroom and its structure (curriculum and instruction) of the young adolescent. Examination of curriculum development, teaching and instructional strategies, support of students as changing young people, parent and community development, service learning, advisor-advisee programs, block scheduling, learning communities, homework and assessment, exploratories, teaming, reading and writing across the curriculum, and other current middle school issues that impact curriculum and instruction for the 10 to 15 year old. Pedagogy is based on middle school philosophy, curriculum, instruction, and instructional models for designing and teaching developmentally appropriate programs including content area reading instruction.