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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 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 he or she progresses through an intense program of study. Upon completion of the program, students will also obtain initial licensure to teach grades 4–9 in two specific areas of concentration. Areas of concentration for middle childhood education include: language arts, mathematics, social studies and science. This major is offered on the Columbus, Lima, Marion, Mansfield and Newark campuses.

Upon admission to the university, students in the middle childhood education major directly enroll into the College of Education and Human Ecology as pre-majors with the potential to apply for the major once a significant amount of the General Education and pre-major courses have been completed.

Students must earn a minimum GPA of 2.75 to be considered for the major program. The selection process is highly competitive and the completion of the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Students should consult their academic advisor as they near completion of the pre-education requirements to discuss the application process for the major. 

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

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.

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.  

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. Students will have field experiences each year of the program, with a one semester student teaching experience at the end of their program. Similar partnerships exist with neighboring schools at the Lima, Marion, Mansfield and Newark campuses.

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.

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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.  

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

Office of Undergraduate Student Recruitment
College of Education and Human Ecology
150 Arps Hall
1945 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43210
614-292-2741
tl.ehe.osu.edu

Teaching credentials

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