College of Education and Human Services

Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation Programs

Middle Childhood Licensure

As outlined below, the post-baccalaureate licensure program in middle childhood education consists of four components: general education requirements, prerequisites to the professional education sequence, professional education requirements, and discipline-specific requirements in two of four content areas: language arts, mathematics, science, or social studies. The program is designed to prepare college graduates with little or no formal course work in education for teaching adolescents ages 9 to 14 (grades 4 to 9).

In addition to needed course work, a recommendation for Student Teaching requires taking all required PRAXIS examinations. Approval for teaching licensure requires  candidates to meet the minimum cut-off score for all required PRAXIS II examinations as prescribed by the State Board of Education. If the cut-off score is not achieved, each test may be repeated until the minimum score is achieved.

Portfolio: All teaching license students are expected to maintain a portfolio while completing their professional coursework and field experiences. The portfolio will evolve from a working portfolio to a professional portfolio and finally to an employment portfolio. In it, students are responsible for housing various required and optional artifacts that demonstrate their level of competency in each of the outcomes of their program.

At various portfolio checkpoints, students must meet specific portfolio criteria in order to be eligible to continue to the next phase of their program. For complete information on portfolios, students are strongly encouraged to access the Student Portfolio Handbook available at:

As of Fall semester, 2007, all students entering teacher license programs are required to maintain their portfolios in the Cleveland State University ePortfolio System or TaskStream for CSUTeach students.


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A. General Education Requirements

Course work of at least 30 semester hours including concentrated study of at least two content areas that are broad, multidisciplinary, and encompass the major areas in those fields as described in Section D below.

B. Prerequisites

Equivalent courses taken at other universities may substitute for the following prerequisites pending prior approval of the College of Education and Human Services' Advising Office, JH 170A.

C. Professional Education Requirements

Course work in education and related professional experiences are included in this area for a total of 44 semester hours. Because certain courses in this sequence must be taken concurrently and in a prescribed order, students are strongly advised to seek assistance from the Education Student Services Center, JH 170A, before registering for classes.

D. Discipline-Specific or Content Area Requirements

Middle childhood licensure requires concentrated study in at least two of the following multidisciplinary content areas: language arts, mathematics, science, and/or social studies. As outlined below, the distributional requirements for these fields include course work from the various disciplines of which they are comprised and may demand further study beyond that completed as an undergraduate. With approval, interdisciplinary courses may be used to fulfill multiple standards. For example, a physical science course like EDC 418 that includes coverage of both chemistry and physics could be used to satisfy the requirement for course work in both disciplines. Similarly, a course in physical geography such as GEO 209 might be used to meet concentration requirements in both science and social studies.

  1. The concentration in Language Arts requires 27 to 28 semester hours of course work distributed over the following major areas of study: advanced composition, linguistics, literature, and speech/communication, theater/drama and/or media studies. The following courses or their equivalencies are required:
  2. The concentration in Mathematics requires 24 semester hours of course work well distributed over the following major areas of study: college algebra or calculus, geometry, number systems, and probability and statistics. The following courses or their equivalencies are required:
  3. The concentration in Science requires 33 semester hours of course work well distributed over the following major areas of study: the biological or life sciences, chemistry, earth science, environmental science, physics, and space science. The following courses or their equivalencies are required:
  4. The concentration in Social Studies requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of course work well distributed over the following major areas of study: economics, geography (physical, cultural, and/or economic), history (world or non-Western, American, and Ohio), and American government. The following courses or their equivalencies are required:

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