Education students who want to expand their opportunities to work in middle school may want to consider adding an endorsement. An endorsement is a license to teach one middle school subject that is added to a full license in elementary education or secondary education. Coursework provides opportunities to get in the classroom and do the work teachers do while taking advanced coursework and participating in the community of the endorsement department. Endorsements are available in:
- Communication Arts and Literature (English)
- Social Studies
Why should I study an endorsement specialty?
The best reason to pursue an endorsement is because you love middle school students and want to become more effective in your teaching. However, an endorsement increases the range of the courses you can legally teach and therefore increases your employment opportunities as well. For example, elementary education students can be qualified to teach middle school Spanish by adding Spanish endorsement or a 5-12 social studies education major could become more marketable by adding middle level math endorsement.
What can I do with this degree?
You’ll become licensed and qualified to teach middle school in the specialty area(s) of the endorsement(s) you choose, in addition to elementary grade levels.
What skills will I develop?
Each endorsement will prepare you for how to meet the specific developmental and educational needs of middle school students. Because you’ll complete advanced coursework in the subject area, you’ll also be gaining deeper skills in that discipline.
What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?
Endorsement students participate not only in education department activities, but also have the chance to become involved with their endorsement departments, including off-campus study programs, events, co-curricular activities, and field trips.
All endorsement students have increased time in classrooms, including a middle level practicum and student teaching experience.