Department of Teacher Education

Middle Childhood Education

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Program Overview

The Middle Childhood Program prepares candidates for teaching children from grades 4 through 9 (ages 9 – 14). The program provides for concentrated study in at least two of these content areas: Mathematics, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies. Students are prepared to be highly effective and qualified to teach in high needs schools and districts. Program completers receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and a license to teach grades 4 through 9.

The program of study focuses on the nature and needs of early adolescents. Pre-service teachers learn how to design, deliver, and evaluate instruction that meets those needs. Coursework every term is accentuated with a clinical experience. By the end of the program, pre-service teachers will have has 700 hours in the field observing, tutoring, and teaching middle and junior-high school students. Knowledge of pre-service teachers is built using inquiry and reflection upon the interplay of the courses and field experiences. This model, similar to that use in the medical professions, ensures a rigorous preparation and thus increased likelihood of being hired, and ready to teach, upon graduation.

The Middle Childhood Education licensure program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Education Providers (CAEP) in conjunction with the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE).

Learn more about the Middle Childhood Program: View our program description and admission requirements.

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Initial Licensure - Undergraduates

Undergraduate students earn a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in Middle Childhood Education with two concentrations selected from Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts. Upon completion of the degree and licensure requirements, licensure with the is earned.

Initial Licensure - Post Baccalaureate Students

College graduates who have had little or no professional training in education can pursue a Middle Childhood license at the post-baccalaureate level. Please note that students must be available for fieldwork in area schools during the day.

Additional Licensure - Middle Childhood Generalist (grades 4-6) Endorsement

Teachers with a middle childhood (4-9) license or currently working on a middle childhood license can obtain an endorsement in two additional concentration areas beyond their current licensure by completing the required coursework in those areas. All concentrations are available at the post-baccalaureate level.

Additional Licensure - Middle Childhood Education for certified teachers

Middle Childhood licensed teachers can add one or more concentration areas by completing the required coursework for those concentrations. All concentrations are available at the post-baccalaureate level.

Teachers holding Ohio teaching licenses in other areas are also permitted to add a Middle Childhood license for a single concentration area by completing both required concentration coursework and all Middle Childhood professional coursework that has not already been completed. This work would be done as a post-baccalaureate student.

Field Experience Forms and Templates 

For further information, contact the Education Student Services Center (216-687-4625) or the Middle Childhood Education Program Coordinator: Dr. Markita Warren ( | 216/523-7116).