Bachelor of Science in Education, Middle Childhood Education
The Middle Childhood Education major prepares you to teach in grades 4-9 leading to licensure in Ohio. You will 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.
Fully accredited, meets national and state curricular standards and the Association for Middle Level Education teacher preparation standards.
Learn disciplinary content knowledge, educational foundations along with pedagogy and methods courses which focus on early exposure to child development and psychological and social foundations of education.
Major offered on Columbus, Lima, Marion, Mansfield and Newark campuses.
I am now prepared to tackle issues of social justice in education and to create inclusive, trauma-informed spaces in my classroom. I am forever grateful to the talented and caring professors and faculty members at Ohio State who have helped me to grow into the educator I am today. Ohio State University and the Middle Childhood Education program helped me to become who I am, and I am excited to tackle future challenges knowing that I am armed with the knowledge, strategies, and understanding to do so!
As a student in the Middle Childhood Education Program at Ohio State, I gained various skills that prepared me to be a positive, well-rounded, and successful teacher. This program excels in having authentic conversations in our classes, diverse field placements, and extraordinary instructors. Throughout my time in the program, I developed professional relationships that will last a lifetime and also felt confident stepping in to teach my first classroom of students. Ohio State's MCE is a fantastic program that truly changed my career for the better!
Hands-on experience from the start
From your introduction to your education major to full-time student teaching, Ohio State has developed a program that not only gives you first-class education, but numerous opportunities to experience what it is like to be a teacher in the field that you will be ready for your career from day 1.
First Education Experience Program
A service-learning course that gives a first-hand look at the education field by spending time in pre-K to 12th grade classrooms and other settings. Education abroad is also possible.
Pre-education field experience
Provides undergraduate students the opportunity to work in a supervised professional setting at schools or community agencies prior to starting major coursework.
Early Childhood introductory field experience
This semester-long experience is taken once you start your early childhood education coursework in the classroom for the preschool to fifth grade licensure.
Early Childhood advanced field experience
In the advanced field experience, you will be in a classroom two days per week taking on some teaching responsibilities and developing relationships with a teacher mentor and students.
A culminating experience is a full-time practicum that permits you to confidently take on the role of teacher for an in-depth quality experience to end your bachelor’s program.
Helps unite current and future teachers and those interested in the field of education under the same principles and values of hard work, ethical practice and service.
Active on campus and in the community, this professional organization of undergraduate and graduate education students benefit from professional development workshops, a spring conference, legal services, money-saving benefits, legislation and lobbying, and networking.
College students serve as tutors and mentors to young students in a structured environment at a nearby elementary and middle school.
Pairs of college and elementary students meet in groups for weekly activities on campus that focus on higher education and career, culture and diversity, and community service.
An outreach program that educates about the issues students in low-income school districts face, Pen PALS aims to improve writing skills of elementary students through a relationship with Ohio State students.
May also be hired for positions across the nation or internationally.
Deadline to declare major readiness
minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA; minimum 2.75 GPA in content courses
Students are directly admitted to the Middle Childhood program.
Must demonstrate nearly all pre-major/GE courses completed with minimum GPA
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 go.osu.edu/onground.