Middle Grades Education

Stirring the possibilities of the future and inspiring young adolescents

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin

The Middle Grades Teacher Education program at Quincy University prepares candidates with a unique expertise in teaching young adolescents with a focus on grades 5-8.

Your Courses:

Extensive field and clinical experiences provide hands-on, authentic learning opportunities.

As a Middle Grades Teacher Education student, you may choose among English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and/or Social Science to focus your studies. These concentration areas are supplemented with additional courses from related disciplines, providing a vibrant, innovative program that prepares our highly trained candidates for to teach at the middle grades level.  With Quincy University’s Professional Development Model (PDS) of teaching many courses in the field at our local public and private schools, diverse clinical experiences, and mentoring from cooperating teachers and field supervisors, these experiences assist teacher candidates in transforming university classroom instruction into practical teaching skill.  This program is fully aligned with the new licensing guidelines from the Illinois State Board of Education, providing students with the necessary coursework and field experiences to qualify for an Illinois Professional Educators License in Middle Level Education (grades 5-8). 

Building Foundations

My educational and work experiences at Quincy University combined to create a very strong foundation for me to build my career. Between my undergraduate degree in communication, master's degree in school counseling, and time working as a Graduate Assistant in Student Affairs I gained so many skills that I utilize daily in my current position and life.
Denise Damron '11, Executive Director at the United Way of the Mark Twain Area

Licensure Areas:

  • English/Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Science 

Why study Middle Level Teacher Education?

Middle school teachers facilitate the transition from childhood to young adulthood. They help students delve more deeply into subject matter and learn more about themselves and the world around them. A deep understanding of young adolescents and how they learn prepares our candidates to deliver innovative instructional experiences that connect with their pupils.

Fun Fact:

Quincy was once the second-largest city in Illinois. Steamboat and railroads were also beneficial to Quincy. The city was one that did well during the Civil War and the years right after. In 1870, Quincy surpassed Peoria as the second-largest city in Illinois.


Contact Us

For more information about the School of Education and Middle Grades  Education contact Dr. Julia Auch, Director, Student Teachers, at auchju@quincy.edu   or 217-228-5432 ext. 3106 or fill out the form below.