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​​**Applications Submitted after February 1, 2018 and later Will be Evaluated Under these requirements**​​

The requirements for a Middle Grades endorsement depend on what an educator currently holds.  Use these tables as guidance to determine which requirements apply to you.

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If you hold a PEL endorsed in... See Requirements for...
​Early Childhood
​New Endorsements
Elementary Education
Secondary Education
Junior High
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If you hold a PEL endorsed in...​ ​See Requirements for...​
5-8 or 6-8 Middle Level (excluding Junior High)​
Subsequent Endorsements
K-12 Special Teaching
PK-21 Special Education​
If you hold endorsements from both tables above, see SUBSEQUENT endorsement requirements.
For examples of specific scenerios, see: 

 New Endorsement Requirements

If you are an educator seeking a “new" (first ever) 5-8 middle level endorsement and you hold a PEL only endorsed in Early Childhood, Elementary Education, or Secondary Education (including those only holding Jr High endorsements), you must complete a Full or Focused Middle Grade Program to obtain a Middle Grade endorsement.

Focused Program: Institutions may, at their discretion, compare the coursework and clinical experiences already completed by the applicant to the standards for the endorsement sought and, based on this comparison, may identify the applicant for a “focused" program consisting of coursework, testing and experiences that he or she must complete in order to meet those standards.

Full Program: Click here​PDF Document for a list of Approved Middle Grade Programs. 

 Subsequent Endorsement Requirements

If you are an educator seeking a “subsequent" (additional) 5-8 middle level endorsement in any other content area, or you hold a PEL endorsed in Special Teaching K-12 or Special Education PreK-Age 21, see requirements below:

Endorsement​ Requirements​
Agriculture
  • 21semester hours
  • 3 semester hours in the methods of teaching Agriculture in middle grades
  • Agriculture Education (170) test
  • General Middle Grades test*
Art
  • ​21 semester hours
  • 3 semester hours in the methods of teaching Art in middle grades​
  • Visual Arts (145) test
  • General Middle Grades test*
Bilingual Education

(Language required)


Business/Mktg/Mgmt
  • 21 semester hours
  • 3 semester hours in the methods of teaching Business/Mktg/Mgmt in middle grades
  • Business, Marketing, & Computer Education (171) test
  • General Middle Grades test*
Computer Applications
  • 21 semester hours
  • 3 semester hours in the methods of teaching Computer Applications in middle grades
  • General Middle Grades test*
Computer Science
  • 21 semester hours
  • 3 semester hours in the methods of teaching Computer Science in middle grades
  • Computer Science (038) test
  • General Middle Grades test*
Dance
  • 21 semester hours
  • 3 semester hours in the methods of teaching Dance in the middle grades
  • Dance (140) test
  • General Middle Grades test*
English as a Second Language
Family & Consumer Science
  • 21 semester hours
  • 3 semester hours in the methods of teaching Family & Consumer Science in middle grades
  • Family & Consumer Sciences (172) test
  • General Middle Grades test*
Foreign Language

(Language required)

First Foreign Language Endorsement:

  • 21 semester hours 
  • 3 semester hours in the methods of teaching the appropriate foreign language in middle grades
  • Appropriate foreign language test
  • General Middle Grades test*

Additional Foreign Language Endorsements:

  • Appropriate foreign language test
General Science
  • 21 semester hours
  • 3 semester hours in the methods of teaching Science in middle grades
  • Middle Grade Science (203) test
Gifted Education 

Health Education
  • 21 semester hours
  • 3 semester hours in the methods of teaching Health in middle grades
  • Health Education (142) test
  • General Middle Grades test*
Industrial Technology 
  • 21 semester hours
  • 3 semester hours in the methods of teaching Industrial Technology in middle grades
  • Technology Education (174) test
  • General Middle Grades test*
Language Arts
  • 21 semester hours
  • 3 semester hours in the methods of teaching Language Arts in middle grades
  • Middle Grade Language Arts (201) test
​Learning Behavior Specialist (LBSI)
Library Information Specialist
  • 21 semester hours
  • 3 semester hours in the methods of teaching Library Information Science in middle grades
    • At least 12 of the requires 24 hours must be at the upper division
  • Library Information Specialist (175) test
  • General Middle Grades test*
Mathematics
  • 21 semester hours
  • 3 semester hours in the methods of teaching Math in middle grades
  • Middle Grade Math (202) test
Music
  • 21 semester hours
  • 3 semester hours in the methods of teaching Music in middle grades
  • Music (143) test
  • General Middle Grades test*
Physical Education
  • 21 semester hours
  • 3 semester hours in the methods of teaching Physical Education in middle grades
  • Physical Education (144) test
  • General Middle Grades test*
Reading Teaching
Social Sciences
  • 21 semester hours
  • 3 semester hours in the methods of teaching Social Science in middle grades
  • Middle Grade Social Science (204) test
Social Science - Geography
  • 21 semester hours
  • 3 semester hours in the methods of teaching Social Science - Geography in middle grades
  • Geography (113) test
  • General Middle Grades test*
Technology Specialist

(Computer Related)

  • 21 semester hours
  • 3 semester hours in the methods of teaching Technology in middle grades
  • Technology Specialist (178) test
  • General Middle Grades test*
Theatre/Drama
  • 21 semester hours
  • 3 semester hours in the methods of teaching Theatre/Drama in middle grades
  • Drama/Theatre Arts (141) test
  • General Middle Grades test*
*The General Middle Grades test can waived with 1 year of teaching experience in grades 5-8 or a passing score on the Elementary/Middle Grades (110) test.
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