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Graduates of the Middle Level Endorsement program are able to meet the needs of middle school learners.
Middle Level Endorsement (5-8)

Teaching students in the middle grades is a unique experience—both challenging and very fulfilling.  A teacher with middle level specialty (in Communication Arts & Literature, Mathematics, General Science, Social Studies, or World Language & Culture) is authorized to teach that specialty in grades 5 through 8.  This endorsement can be added to any Minnesota teaching license.

As you complete the Teacher Education program at the University of St. Thomas you will:

  • Gain the knowledge and skills to have a positive impact on students in the K-12 classroom
  • Become part of a supportive network of fellow students, alumni and faculty that will inspire and sustain you throughout your career
  • Learn from expert faculty currently active in the K-12 classroom who are here to help you shape your path to your own classroom

What you can earn

  • Endorsement 

Where you'll learn

  • On-campus (St. Thomas)




When you can start

  • Spring semester begins: February 2, 2015

Questions about this program

Ea Porter is an Administrative Assistant for the Teacher Education program in the College of Education, Leadership and Counseling at the University of St. Thomas.

Ea Porter

Enrollment Advisor



Program Details

For the Middle Level Endorsement

Nature of early adolescence & needs of young adolescents; educational principles relevant to physical, social, emotional, moral and cognitive development; understanding and application of concepts of belonging and family connectedness This course would be waived for experienced teachers.

Research base and best practices of middle level education; collaboration with families and other supportive adults; role and alignment of district/school/department mission and goals in program planning; community partners in educational opportunities; role and purpose of co-curricular and extracurricular activities.

Integration of academic content with pedagogy, student development, learning, classroom management and professional development; curriculum goals and purposes based on the academic specialty; instructional strategies and materials appropriate for middle level students; interdisciplinary and real life connections.

Impact of reading ability on student achievement in the academic specialty; students’ varying reading comprehension & fluency levels; instructional strategies for reading in the content areas & English Language Learners.

Application of the Standards of Effective Practice in teaching middle level students; 30-hour, supervised field experience must be completed in grades 7/8 for elementary license holders or in grades 5/6 for secondary license holders.

4-week supervised, clinical practice experience must be completed in grades 7/8 for elementary license holders or in grades 5/6 for secondary license holders

ECON 211 or 251 Current Economic Issues / Macroeconomics

GEOG 113 or 111 World Geography / Human Geography

HIST 111 or 112 Origins of the Modern World to 1550 / History of the Modern World Since 1550

HIST 113 or 114 Early America in Global Perspective / The Modern US in Global Perspective

POLS 104 American Government in Comparative Perspective

ENVR 151 Humans and the Environment




K-8 World Language & Culture Requirements  *Requires an elementary education license; not available to 7-12 Candidates must complete courses at 300 level or above in French, German or Spanish and must successfully complete an Oral Proficiency Interview (ACTFL) prior to Clinical Practice.  Language-specific requirements are listed below.

4 cr.French language 300+
4 cr. French literature
4 cr. French civilization
4 cr. French elective
4 cr. French elective
4 cr. French elective
Exam:  MTLE French Content 

GERM 300 Intro to German Studies
3 cr. + German literature
9 cr. + German courses 300+
4 cr. German elective
4 cr. German elective
4 cr. German elective
Exam: MTLE German Content

3 cr. + Oral & Written Spanish
3 cr. + Culture/Civilization
3 cr. + Literature
4 cr. Spanish elective
4 cr. Spanish elective
4 cr. Spanish elective 
Exam: MTLE Spanish Content



ENGL 121 Critical Thinking: Literature and Writing
ENGL 201/202/203/204  Select one of these “Texts in Conversation” courses; see catalog for specific descriptions
ENGL 300 Theory and Practice of Writing
ENGL 305 Linguistics: English Language
TEGR 545 Adolescent Literature
READ 701 Balanced Literacy K-6

Plus: Two additional courses (8 credits); must select from two different categories:
ENGL 211 or 212 British Authors I or British Authors II
ENGL 214 or 215 American Authors I or American Authors II
ENGL 217 or 218 Multicultural Lit or Lit by Women: Critical History
ENGL 220 or 221 The Classical Tradition or The Modern Tradition
MTLE: Communication Arts & Literature Content Exam

MATH 113 Calculus I
MATH 121 Structures of Elementary Mathematics
MATH 128 Introduction to Discrete Mathematics
MATH 325 Geometry
IDTH 220 Statistics
MATH xxx Elective
MTLE: Mathematics Content Exam


GEOL 111 Intro Physical Geology [or one of GEOL 110, 113, 114, 115]
BIOL 101 Gen Biology [or the entire sequence BIOL 201-202-204]
CHEM 100 Chemistry in our World [or the sequence CHEM 111-112, General Chemistry I and II]
PHYS 101 Physics as a Liberal Art [or the sequence PHYS 109-110, General Physics I and II]  [or the sequence PHYS 111-112, Classical Physics I and II]
PHYS 104 Astronomy
Science xxx Elective  *Recommended: Environmental Science
MTLE: General Science Content Exam






TOTAL 13 Credits

Rosemary Barreto is the department assistant for the Teacher Education program at the University of St. Thomas.

Rosemary Barreto

Department Assistant Teacher Education (651) 962-4420
MOH 305 | Opus Hall

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Kate Caffrey

Licensure and Field Placement Manager Teacher Education (651) 962-4438
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Seehwa Cho, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Teacher Education (651) 962-4434
MOH 312 | Opus Hall

Jan Frank, Ph.D., is the department chair of the Teacher Education program at the University of St. Thomas.

Jan L. H. Frank, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Teacher Education (651)962-4446
MOH 306 | Opus Hall

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Bruce P. Gleason, Ph.D.

Chair of the Department of Teacher Education Teacher Education (651) 962-4439
MOH 310

Carole Koch is the assessment coordinator for the Teacher Education program at the University of St. Thomas.

Carole Koch

Assessment Coordinator Teacher Education (651) 962-4468
MOH 311 | Opus Hall

Debbie Monson, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Teacher Education program at the University of St. Thomas.

Debbie Monson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor Teacher Education (651) 962-4443
MOH 304 | Opus Hall

Robert J. Nistler, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Teacher Education program at the University of St. Thomas.

Robert J. Nistler, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Teacher Education (651) 962-4426
MOH 307 | Opus Hall

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Lucy Payne, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Teacher Education (651) 962-4811
MOH 308

Amy F. Smith, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Teacher Education program at the University of St. Thomas.

Amy F. Smith, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Teacher Education (651) 962-4445
MOH 313 | Opus Hall

Douglas F. Warring, Ph.D., is a professor in the Teacher Education program at the University of St. Thomas.

Douglas F. Warring, Ph.D.

Professor Teacher Education (651) 962-4877
MOH 314 | Opus Hall


Ongoing Professional Development
Whether networking with leaders in the field of education reform, acquiring new tools to identify early warning signs of mental illness in your classroom, or simply catching up on the latest offerings in children’s literature, annual events and conferences in the College of Education, Leadership & Counseling offer a variety of networking and professional development opportunities. Most events include CEU component. In addition to annual events, the College also houses a robust continuing education department to help you meet your re-licensure requirements.

Mentored Clinical Practice

The dedicated faculty and staff in the Teacher Education program will work with you to ensure that your clinical practice experience (student teaching) will meet your needs and facilitate your growth, both personally and professionally. Throughout your time student teaching, regularly scheduled seminars with faculty and peers offer the opportunity to form a strong professional network as you prepare to enter the field.


Community Partnerships

The College of Education, Leadership & Counseling takes pride in engaging in innovative partnerships with a variety of organizations. Students in the College of Education, Leadership & Counseling will find many opportunities for professional growth as a result of working these organizations. Partnership examples include the Northwest Suburban Integration District, Center for Academics and Sports, FAIR School and the Collaborative Urban Educators program. 


The Value of a St. Thomas Degree

Calculating the cost of your degree can be challenging, as every institution approaches it a bit differently. At St. Thomas, we list our tuition cost as cost per credit:

  • Each course can be 1-3 semester credits, but the standard course is 3 credits.  
  • To view the total number of credits per program you can view the courses tab above.

It may be possible for you to receive some type of financial assistance. To learn more, please visit our Graduate Financial Aid page.

We offer our students much more than just a degree. We offer the chance to be a part of a personal and professional network like no other, which means your graduate education will enrich your life and career long into the future.


Education (M.A., Ed.S., Certificate, Licensure)

On-campus Tuition (per credit) $825
Books and materials
(estimate per course)
One-time application fee $50

1 | Meet the requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • A cumulative minimum undergraduate G.P.A. of 2.75 (4.0 scale) or the successful completion of a graduate level program from another institution

If you do not meet the above requirement(s), you may be eligible for special admission, which requires:

  • The GPA requirement for admittance to our Teacher Education master’s degree is 2.75 and above for full acceptance; 2.5-2.74 for conditional acceptance; and below 2.5 acceptance based on interview or review of materials by department chair. Please contact us if your GPA requires review.
  • The completion of a standardized test, such as the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), GRE, GMAT or LSAT
  • A possible interview with an admissions person/committee

2 | Submit the following application materials:

  • Application form and one-time $50 application fee
  • Two positive letters of reference from non-related individuals
  • Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work (unless that work was completed at the University of St. Thomas)
  • Personal statement
  • Transcript Review: All Teacher Education applicants seeking licensure must have a transcript review completed.  Official transcripts from all previous institutions are required.  There is a $25 fee per content area review.  Please contact the Teacher Education Department to request a transcript review form.  Email to  barr7879@stthomas.edu.

3 |  Submit the supplementary materials:

  • Initial Licensure:  MTLE Basic Skills required by the end of an initial teacher licensure candidate's first semester of coursework.
  • International Applicants:  (1) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) required for any candidate whose primary language is not English. (2) Transcript Review: All international transcripts must be reviewed by an accredited evaluation service to determine U.S. equivalency of the degree awarded and the institution awarding the degree. Applications will not be reviewed for admissions until the official review is submitted.


Application Deadlines:

  • For Fall Term: June 1
  • For Spring Term: Rolling
  • For Summer Term: May 1

When you can start

  • Fall semester begins September 9, 2015

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