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Bachelor of Science in Education, Middle Childhood Education

Develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to become an effective leader and advocate for social justice with a bachelor’s degree in middle childhood education. This program provides the training needed to become a teacher and obtain initial licensure to teach grades 4-9 in two specific areas of concentration – language arts, mathematics, social studies and science. 

  • On my 12th day of teaching, I had my formal OTES observation. The only foundation I had to go on and prepare by was what I learned at Ohio State. My principals both commented on how impressed they were and how much of an influence they hope I can be on my team and the school in incorporating student-centered pedagogies.
    Jodi Fish, 2016
    6th grade English Language Arts and Social Studies teacher

  • The Middle Childhood Education Program at The Ohio State University went above and beyond in preparing me for my first year of teaching. The instructors and professors truly cared about my every need, and they did everything in their power to ensure that I would be successful in my future career. The program shaped my teaching strategies and introduced me to the importance of teaching in a culturally responsive manner.
    Rachel Phillips, 2016
    8th grade Social Studies teacher


The Middle Childhood Education major prepares you to teach in grades 4-9 leading to licensure in the state of Ohio. The components of this major have been designed to meet state and national standards, licensure requirements and Ohio State's general education requirements. It is offered on the Columbus, Lima, Marion, Mansfield and Newark campuses.

The principal philosophy behind the curriculum is to provide a liberal education in subjects relevant to teaching students in grades 4-9 as well as numerous opportunities for the student to experience, learn and reflect on effective pedagogy. This pathway emphasizes disciplinary content knowledge, educational foundations courses and pedagogy and methods courses which focus on early exposure to child development and psychological and social foundations of education.

Through course and field work, you will:

  • Use your understanding of the characteristics, needs and influences on children's and adolescents' development and learning to create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive and challenging
  • Know about, understand and value the importance and complexity of children's and adolencents' families and communities
  • Know about and understand the goals, benefits and uses of assessment
  • Integrate your understanding of and relationships with children/adolesecents and families; your understanding of developmentally effective approaches to teaching and learning; and your knowledge of academic disciplines to design, implement and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for all children and adolescents
  • Identify and conduct yourself as a member of the middle childhood education teaching profession through a culminating yearlong placement within a local school district

Ohio State academic programs are designed to prepare students for licensure or certification in Ohio. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please review state educational requirements for licensure and certification at

Career Paths

Middle childhood education graduates may seek teaching positions in grades 4-9 at public and private schools. Since the state of Ohio has high standards for teacher preparation, graduates could potentially be hired as teachers anywhere in the United States. Many opportunities also exist within the community and public sector such as educational editor for curriculum creation and textbooks, educational consulting, instructional coordinator, volunteer coordinator or curriculum specialist.


Deadline to Apply: 
January 15
Program Start: 
Autumn semester
Prerequisites/Pre-major Requirements: 
minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA; minimum 2.75 GPA in content courses

Sample Coursework: Foundations of middle childhood education; equity and diversity in education, evaluation and instructional decision-making in literacy
Other requirements: BSEd students participate in field placements 3 of 4 semesters with the final two being in a yearlong placement in classroom to facilitate the most successful student teaching experience.

Students are directly admitted to the Middle Childhood Education program. A major readiness check, due January 15, through TK20, showing nearly all pre-major and GE courses, evidence of meeting the minimum GPA, as well as completion of two essays is required to begin coursework within the major.

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