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.

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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 additional requirements specific to this program. Refer to the appropriate application checklist available online at nl.edu/applyonline.

Get more information today about enrolling at NLU. Connect with an Enrollment Specialist or call 888.NLU.TODAY (888.658.8632).

Locations
  • CHICAGO DOWNTOWN CAMPUS

    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
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  • ELGIN

    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
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  • NORTH SHORE

    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
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  • LISLE

    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
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  • WHEELING

    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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  • FLORIDA (TAMPA)

    Established in 1988 and located in one of the city's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to six classrooms, this location features a conference room, a computer lab with high-speed Internet access, an extensive research library and comfortable student lounges.

    5110 Eisenhower Boulevard Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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  • WISCONSIN

    NLU's Milwaukee campus has a proud history of serving graduate students in education in southeastern Wisconsin. Nearly one in five certified Wisconsin teachers looks to NLU for graduate education programs – more than any other university in the state. In addition to classrooms with high-tech media equipment, the campus offers a state-of-the-art computer lab with wireless Internet access and an extensive IDS research library.

    12000 West Park Place, Suite 100
    Milwaukee, WI 53224-3007
    (414) 577.2658
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