Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Metro East Middle Level Teacher Preparation Consortium
In 2000, the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE), along with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and Illinois Community College Board (ICCB), received the Illinois Middle Level Teacher Preparation Teacher Quality Enhancement (TQE) Grant. SIUE is one of four institutions of higher education that are participating in the grant. The other institutions include Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago State University, and Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Each Project Director at each institution was charged with creating a Design Team consisting of university and community college faculty from Arts & Sciences and Education, as well as middle level teachers from area schools. The SIUE Design Team also includes technology/instructional technology experts and academic advisors.

The principal goal for this grant is the improvement of middle level education in Illinois. The grant’s three objectives to help achieve this goal include:

  • changing the certification structure to include a middle-grade teaching certificate
  • improving the knowledge and skills of new and existing middle level teachers
  • implementing recruitment activities throughout the state to increase the supply of effective middle grade teachers

Though ISBE declined the middle level teaching certificate in the October 2002, middle level standards have been proposed for Illinois. All Design Teams have created a proposed middle level program to be implemented with a middle level certificate, as well as modified existing general education requirements and professional education requirements of the current program so that all K-9 interns can be classified as “highly qualified” middle level teachers when they graduate beginning in 2008.

Middle Level Standards Matrix


Published by: Original Design Concept & Creation by Steve Huffstutler & the Faculty Technology Center
Last Update:November 02, 2004 by;
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