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Master of Education, Middle Childhood Education

The Master of Education program in Middle Childhood Education prepares you to integrate social justice education, creative pedagogies and inquiry-based learning, leading to an initial teaching license in the state of Ohio for grades 4-9. Middle Childhood educators are licensed to teach in two of four areas – language arts, mathematics, social studies and science.


  • The master’s program prepared me better for my first year of teaching than any comparable programs. My principal has been highly impressed with what Ohio State's program has produced and has noted that I hardly embody the average traits of a first year teacher I honestly have Ohio State, my program manager and faculty advisor to thank for pushing me so hard while I was in school.
    Janie Wolansky, MEd, 2016

  • I am proud to teach 7-8th grade math in a large, urban district. Without a doubt, some of my best days in my classroom happen because of what I learned in this program. But not every day goes how I hope; those are the defining days. On one of those days, the teacher next door told me, ‘If I didn't know you were a first year teacher, I would never think that this was your first year in the classroom.’ That spoke volumes to me about the people and program that formed me into the educator I am.
    Claire Rigoulot, MEd, 2016

  • I am so thankful for the solid base the EHE Middle Childhood program gave me. As I started teaching internationally, in Haiti, I was surprised at how natural running my own classroom was amidst adjusting to a new culture and life style.
    Danielle McCrohan, 2016


The Middle Childhood Education program prepares students to develop and integrate their understanding and knowledge of:

  • relationships with children/adolescents and families;
  • developmentally effective approaches to teaching and learning;
  • academic disciplines to design, implement and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for all children and adolescents.

To support this learning process, yearlong field and student teaching experiences take place in the metropolitan Columbus area giving you the opportunity to put your new skill sets into practice.

Our education framework serves as a guide for each program to assist preservice teachers in developing the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to become effective teachers across content areas. You’ll be prepared to become a teacher leader who advocates for equity and justice in education.

Core courses relate to equity and diversity in education, teaching methods for middle childhood students, a master’s-level, and an inquiry-based final project that demonstrates readiness to be a licensed teacher.

You also are supported by experienced faculty instructors and a faculty advisor, a program manager who coordinates their academic program and student teaching experiences, graduate associates as well as an advising staff who oversee progress through this intense program of study.

The program also draws upon the cohort model for student support and consistency of experiences.

Combined with a dedication to equity and social justice, the Middle Childhood MEd program is fully accredited and is consistently ranked among the top programs in the nation. It meets national and state curricular standards in addition to the Association for Middle Level Education teacher preparation standards.

View the Middle Childhood MEd Curriculum Sheet

Career Paths

Graduates of the MEd program earn their initial four-year Ohio teaching license while completing graduate studies. Graduates typically teach in a high-school in Ohio, but may also identify positions across the nation or internationally.

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. We partner with Career Services in the College of Education and Human Ecology to prepare students for their job search.


Deadline to Apply: 
November 15
Program Start: 
Summer semester

Prerequisite Coursework:

Prior to admission, applicants to the MEd program must complete prerequisites related to their intended license area. It is important to note that applicants may have prerequisites in progress during the Autumn semester in which they submit their application, but applicants must have all prerequisites completed by the end of the Spring semester before they intend to begin the MEd program. 

PDF iconMiddle Childhood MEd prerequisites

*It is highly recommended that you schedule an appointment with T&L Academic Services to review your progress towards prerequisite completion, two semesters prior to the Summer semester in which you intend to enroll. Call our scheduling line at 614-292-2332.

The MEd in Middle Childhood Education is a competitive program. Acceptance into the program is not guaranteed by completion of the prerequisites. Applicants to the Middle Childhood program must also have a 2.75 GPA in their content prerequisites.

Admission Considerations: all applicants must hold a Bachelor's degree prior to the start of classes, minimum GPA of a 3.0, experience working with youth in various group settings
GRE: Applicants with an overall GPA between a 2.75-2.99 MUST take the General Test of Graduate Record Exam (GRE) to be eligible for admission to the M.Ed. Applicants with an overall GPA of 3.0 and above are not required to submit GRE Scores.

View the Curriculum Sheet


Teaching and Learning Academic Services

Disclaimer: Licensure requirements may be subject to change because of state-legislated mandates. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the Department of Teaching and Learning each year to ensure they have the most up-to-date information.

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