Middle childhood education
In the middle childhood education program, you prepare to teach grades four through nine, ages nine through 14, by focusing on the process of learning in the middle years of childhood. To prepare for your career, you'll specialize in two areas of concentration (mathematics, reading and language arts, science or social studies).
The middle childhood education program prepares you to be a highly qualified teacher. In addition to developing a comprehensive knowledge of middle childhood education, you will develop a personal and professional commitment to the teaching profession. To ensure you are prepared to be a leader in the classroom, you will participate in hands-on teaching and classroom observation experiences during all four years.
Middle childhood education courses cover many areas including educational psychology, classroom management, middle childhood principles and practices, human relations, general and specific methods for teaching, media aids and technology applications, multicultural education, teaching reading, professional ethics, and diagnosing and prescribing for effective teaching.
In order to be approved for student teaching and recommended for licensure, you must maintain a 2.5 grade point average overall, both in professional education courses and in your teaching field.
For more information, visit the Department of Teacher Education website.
The School of Education and Allied Professions is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Generally, Ohio licensure granted in the School of Education and Allied Professions extends to most states. By the end of your first year, you must pass the Praxis I, which assesses reading, writing and mathematics skills. Licensure is contingent on successfully passing a state-mandated exit examination, Praxis II, that tests your knowledge in the principles of learning and teaching, and the content area of specialization. Passing scores for the Praxis II are established by the state of Ohio.
Students completing the middle childhood education program will receive the Ohio Resident Educator License (grades four through nine).
Program requirements can be found in the online Catalog. Simply select the area of study and click "Explore".
A variety of opportunities are available to students majoring in middle childhood education. Whether you're curious what career opportunities await you; what internships, research projects or student clubs are available; or who your professors will be, we can help you find the answers.