Teacher Education

Middle Childhood Education


Middle Childhood Page PhotoProgram Overview

The Middle Childhood Education Program prepares candidates for teaching children from grades 4 through 9 (ages 8 to 14) at the undergraduate level. The program provides for concentrated study in at least two of the following content areas: Mathematics, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies. Students are prepared to be highly effective and qualified to teach in high need schools and districts. 

Taken as a whole, the curriculum focuses on the nature and needs of early adolescents as they particularly relate to the design, delivery, and evaluation of culturally and developmentally responsive instruction. Throughout the program, the acquisition of professional knowledge and skills is aided by reflective practice and inquiry. To that end, the observation of middle- and junior-high school students and settings accompanies relevant study, is followed by on-site practice, and culminates in supervised student teaching. The program includes participation in a strengthened curriculum with more than 700 hours of clinical experience- similar to the preparation used in legal and medical professions. Rigorous preparation helps to increase the likelihood that students will be hired upon graduation.
The Middle Childhood Education licensure program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). 

Prospective Undergraduate Students:



Initial Licensure

Bachelor of Science in Education degree in Middle Childhood Education with two concentrations selected from Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts.

Post Baccalaureate

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.

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 License in Middle Childhood Education

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.


For further information, contact the Education Student Services Center (216-687-4625) or the Middle Childhood Education Program Coordinator: James Kilbane Jr., Ph.D.  j.f.kilbane@csuohio.edu or 216-6523-7136.