The middle grade endorsement is available for candidates completing certification in either elementary or secondary education. To earn this endorsement, candidates are required to have the equivalent of 3 credit hours of middle grade philosophy, curriculum, instruction and methods and 3 credit hours of early adolescent psychology, in addition to 18 credit hours in a subject area. At Saint Xavier University, EDGIP 459: Methods, Curriculum and Philosophy of Teaching in the Middle School and EDGSE 508: Advanced Adolescent Development satisfy the two specific requirements.
For the subject area, most endorsements require 18 credit hours in one subject, but seven endorsements (bilingual education, bilingual, special education, English as a second language, gifted education, mathematics, reading, and safety and drivers education) require additional hours or specific course requirements. Information about specific requirements can be obtained from the Office of Teacher Education.