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The Middle Childhood Teacher Education Program prepares students for an Ohio teaching license in middle childhood teaching for grades 4-9.
Programs offered:
  • Bachelor of Science in Education in Middle Childhood Education
  • Licensure in Middle Childhood Education 
  • Endorsement in Middle Childhood Education 
ODU's Middle Childhood Education program integrates theory, practice and educational technology while the student is introduced into the middle childhood teaching profession.

The program develops reflective, problem-solving, caring teachers who have the knowledge base, the professional competencies and the dispositions to be effective middle childhood professionals. 

Studies in Middle Childhood Education include the general education core, a range of professional education courses, and the choice of  two concentration areas. Students choose from two from:
  • Reading / Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
In addition, students are provided opportunities to participate in extensive field-based experiences in diversified middle childhood settings prior to student teaching.

The program models teacher preparation guidelines of the National Middle School Association, the Ohio Department of Education, and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.


Sample Academic Plans with Concentrations

  • Sample 4-Year Academic Plan - Math & Science
    The course plan below is a sample plan for your major; it does not and should not replace meeting with your Academic Advisor to map out the best course plan that suits your individual academic goals and placement upon initial registration.

    Classes listed may not necessarily be offered during a particular term. 

    Year 1
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    ENG 110 ENG 111
    CORE 179 EDU 105
    MTH 152 EDU 120
    BIO 201 BIO 202
    GEO 125 MTH 240
    Year 2
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    CORE 279
    SCI 102
    EDU 220 EDU 212
    EDU 211 EDU 230
    PHL THL
    MTH 160 MTH 240
    Year 3
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    EDU 379A
    PHL
    EDU 314 MTH elective
    EDU 335 EDU 349A
    ENV 111 or 113 EDU 410
    EXSC 121 ENV 115
    Year 4
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    THL EDU 484
    EDU 349C EDU 479C
    Art/Design/Music/Theatre
    HST 201
    Elective

    Faculty Advisors should help students pick Emphasis Electives and Minors based on career path. Other electives should be towards minor or graduate school prerequisites (meet with Advisor) and all students need 120 credits (15 credits per semester) to graduate in 4 years.

  • Sample 4-Year Academic Plan - Math & Social Studies
    The course plan below is a sample plan for your major; it does not and should not replace meeting with your Academic Advisor to map out the best course plan that suits your individual academic goals and placement upon initial registration.

    Classes listed may not necessarily be offered during a particular term. 

    Year 1
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    ENG 110 ENG 111
    CORE 179 EDU 105
    MTH 152 EDU 120
    POL 101 THL
    GEO 125 MTH 140
    Year 2
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    CORE 279
    SOC 101
    EDU 220 EDU 212
    EDU 211
    EDU 230
    PHL ECN 207 or 208
    MTH 160 MTH 240
    Year 3
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    EDU 379A
    PHL
    EDU 314 MTH elective
    EDU 335 EDU 349B
    HST 201 EDU 410
    HST 348E EXSC 121
    Year 4
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    THL EDU 484
    EDU 349C EDU 479C
    Art/Design/Music/Theatre
    Elective
    Natural Science
    Elective

    Faculty Advisors should help students pick Emphasis Electives and Minors based on career path. Other electives should be towards minor or graduate school prerequisites (meet with Advisor) and all students need 120 credits (15 credits per semester) to graduate in 4 years.

  • Sample 4-Year Academic Plan - Reading & Science
    The course plan below is a sample plan for your major; it does not and should not replace meeting with your Academic Advisor to map out the best course plan that suits your individual academic goals and placement upon initial registration.

    Classes listed may not necessarily be offered during a particular term. 

    Year 1
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    ENG 110 ENG 111
    CORE 179 EDU 105
    MTH 152  EDU 120
    BIO 201 BIO 202
    THR 181 GEO 125
    Year 2
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    CORE 279
    SCI 102
    EDU 220 EDU 212
    EDU 211
    ENU 230
    PHL THL
    ENG Lit elective ENG Lit Elective
    Year 3
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    EDU 379A
    PHL
    EDU 314 ENG Lit elective
    EDU 335 EDU 359A
    ENV 111 or 113 EDU 410
    EXSC 121 ENV 115
    Year 4
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    THL EDU 484
    EDU 347 EDU 479C
    Elective
    HST 201
    Elective

    Faculty Advisors should help students pick Emphasis Electives and Minors based on career path. Other electives should be towards minor or graduate school prerequisites (meet with Advisor) and all students need 120 credits (15 credits per semester) to graduate in 4 years.

  • Sample 4-Year Academic Plan - Reading & Math
    The course plan below is a sample plan for your major; it does not and should not replace meeting with your Academic Advisor to map out the best course plan that suits your individual academic goals and placement upon initial registration.

    Classes listed may not necessarily be offered during a particular term. 

    Year 1
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    ENG 110 ENG 111
    CORE 179 EDI 105
    MTH 152 EDU 120
    THR 181 THL
    GEO 125 MTH 140
    Year 2
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    CORE 279
    ENG Lit elective
    EDU 220 EDU 212
    EDU 211
    EDU 230
    PHL EXSC 121
    MTH 160 MTH 240
    Year 3
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    EDU 379A
    PHL
    EDU 314 MTH elective
    EDU 335 EDU 347
    HST 201 EDU 410
    ENG Lit elective Elective
    Year 4
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    THL EDU 484
    EDU 349C EDU 479C
    ENG Lit elective
    Natural Science
    Elective

    Faculty Advisors should help students pick Emphasis Electives and Minors based on career path. Other electives should be towards minor or graduate school prerequisites (meet with Advisor) and all students need 120 credits (15 credits per semester) to graduate in 4 years.

  • Sample 4-Year Academic Plan - Reading & Social Studies
    The course plan below is a sample plan for your major; it does not and should not replace meeting with your Academic Advisor to map out the best course plan that suits your individual academic goals and placement upon initial registration.

    Classes listed may not necessarily be offered during a particular term. 

    Year 1
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    ENG 110 ENG 111
    CORE 179 EDU 105
    MTH 152 EDU 120
    THR 181 PHL
    POL 101 GEO 125
    Year 2
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    CORE 279
    ENG Lit elective
    EDU 220 EDU 212
    EDU 211
    EDU 230
    ENG Lit elective THL
    Elective HST 348E
    Year 3
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    EDU 379A
    PHL
    EDU 314 ECN 207 or 208
    EDU 335 EDU 347
    ENG Lit elective EDU 410
    EXSC 121 Natural Science
    Year 4
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    THL EDU 484
    EDU 349B EDU 479C
    Elective

    HST 201
    Elective

    Faculty Advisors should help students pick Emphasis Electives and Minors based on career path. Other electives should be towards minor or graduate school prerequisites (meet with Advisor) and all students need 120 credits (15 credits per semester) to graduate in 4 years.

  • Sample 4-Year Academic Plan - Science & Social Studies
    The course plan below is a sample plan for your major; it does not and should not replace meeting with your Academic Advisor to map out the best course plan that suits your individual academic goals and placement upon initial registration.

    Classes listed may not necessarily be offered during a particular term. 

    Year 1
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    ENG 110 ENG 111
    CORE 179 EDU 105
    MTH 152 
    EDU 120
    BIO 201 BIO 202
    POL 101 GEO 125
    Year 2
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    CORE 279
    SCI 012
    EDU 220 EDU 212
    EDU 221
    EDU 230
    PHL THL
    SOC 101 HST 348E
    Year 3
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    EDU 379A
    PHL
    EDU 314 ECN 207 or 208
    EDU 335 EDU 349A
    ENV 111 or 113 EDU 410
    EXSC 121 ENV 115
    Year 4
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    THL EDU 484
    EDU 349B EDU 479C
    Art/Design/Music/Theatre
    HST 201
    Elective

    Faculty Advisors should help students pick Emphasis Electives and Minors based on career path. Other electives should be towards minor or graduate school prerequisites (meet with Advisor) and all students need 120 credits (15 credits per semester) to graduate in 4 years.

Course Requirements

  • B.S.E. in Middle Childhood Education
    Students must complete the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Education in addition to the major requirements listed below.

    Select two concentrations for a total of 24-32 credits. 

    Language Arts Concentration
    12 Credits
    THR 181 Introduction to the Theatre
    Select one from the following:
    ENG 216 Survey of American Literature
    ENG 343 Literature of American Diversity
    ENG 344 19th Century American Literature
    ENG 346 20th Century American Literature
    Select one from the following:
    ENG 342 African Literature
    ENG 357 World Literature
    ENG 451 Women’s Literature
    Select 3 additional credits of ENG at the 200 level or above
    Mathematics Concentration
    13 Credits
    MTH 140 Introduction to Statistics
    MTH 160 Pre-Calculus**
    MTH 240 Calculus I
    MTH elective (level 127 or higher)
    Science Concentration 18-19 Credits
    BIO 201 General Biology: Cells, Genetics & Evolution
    BIO 202 General Biology: Botany, Zoology & Ecology
    ENV 115 Environmental Science
    SCI 102 Principles of Physics & Chemistry
    Select one course from the following:
    ENV 111 Astronomy
    ENV 113 Geology
    Social Studies Concentration 12 Credits
    HST 348E A History of United States Foreign Relations
    POL 101 The Great Issues of Politics
    SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
    Select one course from the following:
    ECN 207 Principles of Microeconomics
    ECN 208 Principles of Macroeconomics
    Professional Education Requirements Credits
    EXSC 121 Health Education 3
    EDU 105 Introduction to Teaching: Middle Childhood 3*
    EDU 120 Teaching Reading Through Literature Children & Young Adults 3*
    EDU 211 Teaching Phonics & the Structure of Language 3*
    EDU 212 Developmental Issues & Practice in Reading 3*
    EDU 220 Educational Psychology 3*
    EDU 230 Introduction to Special Education & Diverse Learners 3*
    EDU 314 Content Area Reading 3*
    EDU 335 Introduction to Middle Childhood, Diversity, & Classroom Management 3*
    EDU 379A CORE: Principles of Education 3*
    EDU 410 Assessment & Technology for Teaching and Learning 3*
    EDU 479C CORE: Reflections on Truth: Middle Childhood 12*
    EDU 484 Supervised Teaching: Middle Childhood 6*
    Select two (6 credits) from the following match concentrations:
    Credits
    EDU 347 Middle Childhood Language Arts Methods (3) 3
    EDU 349A Middle Childhood Science Methods (3) 3
    EDU 349B Middle Childhood Social Studies Methods (3) 3
    EDU 349C Middle Childhood Mathematics Methods (3) 3
    Total Credits Required 78-86
    * Used to calculate the Major GPA

    ** If eligible for Calculus without Precalculus, students may take other mathematics or technology courses. Please see advisor before selecting choice.
  • Middle Childhood Education Licensure
    Students must have completed a bachelor’s degree prior to beginning this program.
    Courses Credits
    ENG 110 College Writing I 3
    MTH 152 Principles of Math. & Technology for Middle Childhood Teachers 3
    Natural Science Elective 3
    EXSC 121 Health Education 3
    HST 201 American History I 3
    GEO 125 World Geography 3

    Select two concentrations for a total of 24-32 credits.

    Language Arts Concentration  12 Credits
    THR 181 Introduction to the Theatre
    Select one from the following:
     
    ENG 216 Survey of American Literature  
    ENG 343 Literature of American Diversity  
    ENG 344 19th Century American Literature  
    ENG 346 20th Century American Literature  
    Select one from the following:
     
    ENG 342 African Literature  
    ENG 357 World Literature  
    ENG 451 Women’s Literature  
    Select 3 additional credits of ENG at the 200 level or above   
    Mathematics Concentration
    13 Credits
    MTH 140 Introduction to Statistics
    MTH 160 Precalculus**
    MTH 240 Calculus I
    MTH elective (level 127 or higher)
    Science Concentration
    18 -19 Credits
    BIO 201 General Biology: Cells, Genetics & Evolution
    BIO 202 General Biology: Botany, Zoology & Ecology
    ENV 115 Environmental Science
    SCI 102 Principles of Physics and Chemistry
    Select one from the following:
     
    ENV 111 Astronomy  
    ENV 113 Geology  
    Social Studies Concentration
    12 Credits
    HST 348E A History of United States Foreign Relations 3
    POL 101 The Great Issues of Politics 3
    SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
    Select one from the following:  
    ECN 207 Principles of Microeconomics  
    ECN 208 Principles of Macroeconomics  
    Professional Education Requirements
    Credits
    EDU 105 Introduction to Teaching: Middle Childhood 3*
    EDU 120 Teaching Reading Through Literature Children & Young Adults 3*
    EDU 211 Teaching Phonics & the Structure of Language 3*
    EDU 212 Developmental Issues & Practice in Reading 3*
    EDU 220 Educational Psychology 3*
    EDU 230 Introduction to Special Education & Diverse Learners 3*
    EDU 314 Content Area Reading 3*
    EDU 335 Introduction to Middle Childhood, Diversity, & Classroom Management 3*
    EDU 379A CORE: Principles of Education 3*
    EDU 410 Assessment & Technology for Teaching & Learning 3*
    EDU 479C CORE: Reflections on Truth: Middle Childhood 3*
    EDU 484 Supervised Teaching: Middle Childhood 12*
    Select two (6 credits) from the following match concentrations:
    Credits
    EDU 347 Middle Childhood Language Arts Methods (3) 3*
    EDU 349A Middle Childhood Science Methods (3) 3*
    EDU 349B Middle Childhood Social Studies Methods (3) 3*
    EDU 349C Middle Childhood Mathematics Methods (3) 3*
    Total Credits Required 93-101
    ** If eligible for Calculus without Precalculus, students may take other mathematics or technology courses. Please see advisor before selecting choice.
  • Middle Childhood Generalist Endorsement
    ODU offers the Middle Childhood Generalist endorsements in four areas, allowing students to add additional concentrations for grades 4-6 only. These endorsement may be added only to the Middle Childhood Licensure. 
    • Middle Childhood Generalist: English/Language Arts (Grades 4-6)
    • Middle Childhood Generalist: Mathematics (Grades 4-6)
    • Middle Childhood Generalist: Science (Grades 4-6)
    • Middle Childhood Generalist: Social Studies (Grades 4-6)
    Consult the Ohio Department of Education website for information about Praxis II/Ohio Assessment for Educators requirements.
    Middle Childhood Generalist: English/Language Arts (Grades 4-6)
    Credits
    Select one of the following:
      ENG 216 Survey of American Literature
      ENG 343 The Literature of American Diversity
      ENG 344 19th Century American Literature
      ENG 346 20th Century American Literature
    3
    3
    3
    3
    EDU 314 Content Area Reading 3
    Middle Childhood Generalist: Mathematics (Grades 4-6)
    Credits
    MTH 150 Principles of Mathematics for Early Child & Intervention Specialists 3
    MTH 152 Principles of Mathematics for Middle Childhood Teachers 3
    Middle Childhood Generalist: Science (Grades 4-6) 
    Credits
    SCI 102 Basic Principles of Physics and Chemistry 3
    Select one course from ENV 111 Astronomy, ENV 113 Geology, ENV 115 Environmental Science 3-4
    Middle Childhood Generalist: Social Studies (Grades 4-6)
    Select six credits from the following:
    Credits
    HST 201 American History I or HST 202 American History II 3
    GEO 125 World Geography 3
    EDU 345 Study of Ohio 3
    Total Credits Required 24-25