Middle Childhood Education

Pass Your Love of Learning Onward

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 Associate Professor of Education Jeff Beine, Ph.D.

At Malone , we prepare knowledgeable, reflective, collaborative educators who are committed to serving others in order that all children may learn and develop to their fullest potential — and interact with each other and their environment with respect, compassion, and fairness.

You’ll choose concentrations in at least two of the following four areas:

  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Reading/Language Arts

Why study Middle Childhood Education at Malone?

  • Malone  has important, unique partnerships with local schools in Stark County — some courses are actually taught by Malone professors but within the walls of a public school.
  • Employers of our graduates say that these teachers demonstrate a commitment to address the needs of all students in caring, nondiscriminatory and equitable manner.
  • The School of Education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the standard of excellence in teacher pedagogy.
  • Graduates of the School of Education and Human Development often choose to teach in Ohio, but our alumni also teach throughout the nation- and the world.
  • We emphasize using the latest technology in your classroom — and will make sure you’re comfortable with it before you graduate!
  • Malone also offers a number of graduate programs, all leading to the Master of Arts in Education.
  • Malone is a site for the national tutoring program, America Reads, America Counts — you can earn money while you tutor children one-on-one in half hour sessions in reading and math.

Student Teaching

As a future educator, you are in the classroom early and often via what we call "Field Experience." These experiences allow you exposure to the elementary classroom before your student teaching experience. Then, the student teaching semester serves as the culminating experience for the initial teacher education programs. It is the student teacher's opportunity to, within a structured, supervised field experience, to refine skills, integrate theory and practice, and demonstrate accomplishment of the Malone University Teacher Candidate Proficiencies and the Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession. 

Course Curriculum

This major consists of 31 credit hours of professional education courses and 19 credit hours in middle childhood core courses (includes 13 hrs. in middle childhood education and 6 hrs of appropriate concentration area methods courses). Each course and additional requirements for this major are listed in the official Academic Catalog.

catalog buttonsOnce in the catalog, you can use the buttons (pictured left) located at the upper right of the page to plan your courses, save courses to your own personalized catalog, print them, and more!

Alumni Profile

Rebecca Krejci ’15

Language Arts Teacher

After graduating from Malone, Rebecca's connections in the area enabled her to land a job teaching sixth-grade language arts at Ohio's Cloverleaf Middle School.