Harper College

Middle School Education

Become a middle school teacher

Middle school teachers are trained in both the fundamentals of education and a specific academic discipline that is taught in grades 5–8. This program will prepare you to transfer to a university where you will complete the coursework to earn your middle school teaching license.

At Harper College, you will earn either an Associate in Arts (A.A.) or Associate in Science (A.S.), depending on your desired transfer institution. See your academic advisor for details.

Start at Harper. Finish at a four-year university.

The Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree prepares you to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor's degree. Speak with your advisor about the best courses to take to meet your academic goals. It is suggested that first semester students who want to pursue middle level education take EDU 201 to learn about the profession and to complete their Academic Plan.

Harper also offers institution-specific transfer information to help prepare you to transition to a bachelor's program at a four-year university. To learn more, visit our Transfer Information page or see your advisor.

Become a licensed STEM teacher for grades 5-12

Expand diversity in the field of STEM education through the Noyce Teacher PRIDE Scholars Program that awards Harper graduates $15,000 annually for two years to complete a STEM degree at Elmhurst University. Applications from a wide range of diverse communities are encouraged. Learn more and apply today

Explore middle school education careers

Learn more about career outcomes for Harper's Middle School Education degree programs. Each career profile offers a complete picture on the local job market, including salaries, open positions, top local employers and more. To learn more, visit our Middle School Education Careers page.


Next steps

For more information about starting your middle level education degree at Harper, please contact Admissions Outreach at 847.925.6700 or fill out our request information form.

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Last Updated: 4/8/24