Middle Level Education Graduate Degrees

M.Ed. or C.A.S. in Middle Level Education

Become a Middle Level Specialist

Our National College of Education has designed two Middle Level Education degree programs just for you–a Master of Education (M.Ed.) and a Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.). If you currently have a teaching license and want a Master’s Degree, the M.Ed. is the program for you. If you already have your license plus a master's degree and want to advance your studies, the C.A.S. program is the better choice. The classes in these programs will refresh your skills as an educator and deepen your understanding of the unique developmental needs of your young adolescent students and young adolescent culture.

We have an expert middle level faculty teaching our innovative middle school endorsement curriculum. Some are currently middle school teachers or principals from exemplary middle level schools. As a graduate student in one of our Middle Level Programs, you will join other educators who are dedicated to young adolescents and will work collaboratively with community agencies, fine arts agencies, museum staff, young adolescents and other Middle Level specialists. You will answer some of your own essential questions concerning best Middle Level practices, curriculum organizational models, technology in the classroom, meeting the individual needs of your students and teaming techniques to use and share with your colleagues.

You will enjoy learning about the young adolescent culture of today and will examine the influence of technology, media, cultural diversities, gender, health and popular culture and the impact that each of these topics has on young adolescent learning. Action research projects with your students will bring ideas addressed in our classes to direct application with your own students. 

Middle Level State Endorsement Classes

Students take the state Middle Level Endorsement classes as part the M.Ed. or C.A.S. Middle Level program. Those students who have previously taken the state Middle Level endorsement classes will be required to take 6 semester hours (sh) of electives approved by a Middle Level advisor. 

A Cluster 2+1 Model

The Middle Level Education degree programs are a cluster 2+1 model. As cluster programs, pre-arranged courses of study are developed for groups of students who wish to complete a Master of Education degree  (M.Ed.) or a Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.). A 2+1 cluster model means that for every two hours (2) you spend in class, you will be expected to demonstrate one hour (1) of specific application in your school/classroom. In the clusters, the Middle Level Education program classes are one night per week during the school year for four terms plus summer term. Other, non-Middle Level classes, are taken as needed by individual students.

Admission Requirements

All applicants must meet NLU’s general admission requirements as well as the requirements specific to the M.Ed. in Middle Level Education degree program. Refer to the appropriate application checklist available online at www.nl.edu/applyonline.

Get more information today about enrolling in NLU’s Master of Education in Middle Level Education program. Talk to your Enrollment Advisor or call 888.NLU.TODAY (888.658.8632).

Please note: The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) may change the state licensure and endorsement requirements at any time and without prior notice. Teacher candidates will be bound by the requirements in place when applying for licensure, not by the licensure requirements in place when beginning their program. That is, the state may specify that a new regulation is immediately applicable to all candidates with no provisions made for candidates who began their work on licensure under different regulations.


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