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Education – Middle Childhood Education

Degree: BS

Campus: Columbus, Lima, Marion, Mansfield, Newark

College: Education and Human Ecology

The middle childhood education major is one of seven undergraduate programs in Ohio State's Department of Teaching and Learning that provides students the training needed to become a grade 4–9 teacher. 

The structure and content of the program is designed to assist students in developing the knowledge, skills and disposition needed to become effective leaders and advocates for social justice in the field of education. Each program is led by world-renowned faculty, staff and graduate associates who oversee the progress of each individual pre-service teacher as they progress through an intense program of study. Upon completion of the program, students will also obtain initial licensure to teach grades 4–9 in two of the following areas of concentration: language arts, mathematics, social studies and science. This major is offered on the Columbus, Lima, Marion, Mansfield and Newark campuses.

In applying for admission to the university, you may choose direct enrollment into the College of Education and Human Ecology as a major in the Middle Childhood Education program. 

Early in your program, you will explore your chosen career path through real-world experiences and seminars in the required First Education Experience Program (FEEP). During this service-learning course, you will spend meaningful time in partner pre-K-5 schools or other education settings. You will gain important insights into teaching and your career and will support young people’s academic growth.

You may take the course for either three or five credits — you will consult with your advisor about which is required for your degree choice. In the course, you will choose and complete a project that will immerse you in a hands-on activity serving students and the school.

This program is designed to prepare students to sit for applicable licensure or certification in Ohio. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please review state educational requirements for licensure and certification and state licensing board contact information at

The middle childhood education major prepares students to teach in grades 4–9. The components of this major have been designed to meet state and national standards, Ohio licensure requirements and General Education requirements at Ohio State.

The principal philosophy behind the curriculum is to provide a liberal education in subjects relevant to teaching students in grades 4–9 as well as numerous opportunities for the student to experience, learn and reflect on effective pedagogy. This pathway emphasizes disciplinary content knowledge, educational foundations courses and pedagogy and methods courses which focus on early exposure to child development and psychological and social foundations of education.

The Global Option in Education and Human Ecology is an option for students in good academic standing on any Ohio State campus. In this program, students develop their ability to communicate with and work alongside individuals from other cultures through education abroad programs and globally themed course work. 

Indonesia: First Education Experience Program teaches you about the education profession through classroom observations in multiple Indonesian schools from various socioeconomic settings, all while experiencing cultural sites in Jakarta and Bali.

Scotland: First Education Experience Program is an opportunity to focus on the rural populations of Ohio and communities were Appalachian ancestors hail. This unique opportunity allows students to engage positively and significantly with rural communities.

England: Imaginative Teaching and Learning teaches active and dramatic approaches to inquiry-based education at an urban elementary in Newcastle, England. Local excursions include children's book publisher Seven Stories, and Vindolanda, where Britain's oldest handwritten documents reside.

Field experiences are introduced early and culminate in an extended student teaching experience in the senior year. Teacher education is conceptualized as an apprenticeship with equal parts content knowledge and pedagogical knowledge and skill.  

Students have field experiences each year of the program, with a year-long school placement in grades 4–5 or grades 6–8 that includes a fall semester field experience and spring semester student teaching (40 hours per week) at the end of their program.

Because they provide placement sites for all Columbus campus students, the schools in Franklin County, particularly Columbus City Schools, are critical partners in teacher education.  Similar partnerships exist with neighboring schools at the Lima, Marion, Mansfield and Newark campuses.

Learn more about the impact our education partnerships have in developing high-quality educators at

The College of Education and Human Ecology Honors Program offers students rigorous course work and opportunities to work closely with faculty to design and complete a research project. Students in this program also have access to smaller classes, priority scheduling and unique housing opportunities.

The Ohio State Scholars programs feature close-knit, residential communities for students who share common interests. Education students may find the Advocates for Communities and Education Scholars Program to be a good fit with their interests.

Kappa Phi Kappa is a national professional co-ed fraternity in education devoted to the professional development of its members through activities and opportunities, making members aware of career opportunities in education, informing interested members about the education programs at Ohio State, helping members meet possible future colleagues and helping to support the Columbus community through community service.

EHE Peer Mentors engage in discussions with new first-year and transfer students about adjusting to Ohio State and college life, university resources, and how to understand university policies and procedures.

Middle childhood education graduates may seek teaching positions in grades 4–9 at public and private schools. Since the state of Ohio has high standards for teacher preparation, graduates could potentially be hired as teachers anywhere in the United States. Many opportunities also exist within the community and public sector.  

The median 2019 salary for middle school teachers is $59,660, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In Ohio, the average middle school teacher's salary is $63,510.

Through their course and field work, students will:

  • Use their understanding of children’s and adolescents’ characteristics and needs and of multiple interacting influences on children’s and adolescents’ development and learning to create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive and challenging for all children and adolescents
  • Know about, understand and value the importance and complex characteristics of children’s and adolescents’ families and communities
  • Know about and understand the goals, benefits and uses of assessment
  • Integrate their understanding of and relationships with children/adolescents and families; their understanding of developmentally effective approaches to teaching and learning; and their knowledge of academic disciplines to design, implement and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for all children and adolescents
  • Identify and conduct themselves as members of the middle childhood education teaching profession

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Middle childhood education graduates will receive Ohio teacher licensure for grades 4–9 upon successful completion of program and state requirements.