Middle Childhood Education
Begin your adventure!
Being trapped in a windowless cinder block room with dozens of hyper, hormonal, impulsive preteens all the while trying to convince them to think and act like adults...
AND pass the big state achievement test at the end of the school year - now that's a challenge not for the faint of heart! "But if you've got the unflinching drive, creativity, and enthusiasm for the fast-paced world of middle school education, then we want you on our team," says Assistant Professor of Education Jeff Beine, Ph.D.
In addition to the Teacher Education Candidate Proficiencies, middle childhood education candidates:
- Demonstrate their knowledge of the unique developmental characteristics of middle level students concerning their physical, emotional, social, and cognitive nature and needs.
- Demonstrate their knowledge of the philosophical foundations and programmatic structures of developmentally responsive middle level schools.
"I know this is where I belong."
- Hannah McCormish
Elementary Education, 2012
Come specialize in the psychology of pre-adolescents, the challenges of puberty, and two specific academic fields of your choosing (math, science, language arts, or social studies), all from an ethical, Christian worldview that emphasizes the infinite value of each and every preteen God has given us.
A major in Middle Childhood Education consists of the following (see below for Middle Childhood Generalist Endorsement):
The major consists of course requirements in professional education (41 hrs.), and the middle childhood core which includes 9 hrs. in middle childhood education and a minimum of two concentration areas.
Professional Education Course Requirements:
- EDUC 112 - Foundations of Education
- EDUC 232 - Psychology of Human Learning
- EDUC 252 - Phonics
- EDUC 262 - Instructional Technology
- EDUC 293 - Emergent and Early Reading Instruction
- EDUC 357 - Content Reading Strategies
- EDUC 405 - Applied Instructional Technology
- EDUC 415 - Assessment in Education
- EDUC 425 - Literacy Assessment and Instruction
- EDUC 460 - Student Teaching Seminar
- EDUC 493 - Middle Childhood Student Teaching
- SPED 243 - Inclusion and the Schools
Middle Childhood Core:
Two methods courses which correspond with the chosen concentration areas
Select two from among:
- EDUC 452 - Teaching Mathematics in the Middle Grades
- EDUC 453 - Teaching Science in the Middle Grades
- EDUC 454 - Teaching Social Studies in the Middle Grades
- EDUC 455 - Teaching Language Arts in the Middle Grades
Select Two of the Following Four Concentrations:
Reading and Language Arts:
- EDUC 305 - Adolescent Literature
- COMM 110 - Communication Skills
- COMM 230 - Mass Media and Society
- ENG 230 - Foundations of American Literature
- ENG 306 - Teaching Grammar and Composition
- ENG 311 - Expository Writing
- ENG 381 - Introduction to Linguistics
EDUC 252, 318, 357, and 425 from the Professional Education requirements are also required for the Reading and Language Arts Concentration.
- HIST 111 - World History I: The Ancient World to 1500
- HIST 112 - World History II: The Modern World
- HIST 211 - American History I: Colonial Era to the Civil War
- HIST 212 - American History II: Gilded Age to the Present
- HIST 362 - Ohio History and Government (w)
- POL 201 - Introduction to American Government
- POL 212 - Introduction to World Politics
- SOSC 200 - World Cultural Geography
- PHYS 100 - Physical Science Survey
- SCI 120 - Earth Science
- SCI 360 - Current Issues in Science
- CHEM 131 - General Chemistry I
- BIOL 145 - Organismal Biology
- BIOL 146 - Introductory Cell Biology
- BIOL 381 - General Ecology
- MATH 132 - Fundamental Mathematical Concepts
- MATH 140 - Introduction to Statistics
- MATH 150 - Precalculus
- MATH 201 - Calculus I
- MATH 210 - Discrete Mathematics
- MATH 241 - Concepts in Geometry and Measurement