Middle Childhood Licensure*

Middle childhood licensure at the graduate level is designed for the student who did not receive a teaching license as an undergraduate; has strong undergraduate course work in two of the following: math, science, social studies or English; is available to take pedagogy, methods, and field placement courses with both day and evening scheduling in order to meet the extensive requirements of the middle childhood license. The middle childhood license is for teaching grades 4 through 9 in two subject areas. Students will also study reading methods and children's literature along with their two chosen areas of concentration. The student with current (within the last 10 years) course work in the concentrations may have some concentration requirements waived.

There is no cohort program (see early childhood licensure) for middle childhood candidates. Progression through the program is unique to the individual due to the various concentration combinations, i.e. one student may choose math and science while another opts for science and social studies. The content courses may not be offered as frequently as the foundation courses, often just one semester out of the academic year. The sequence of course completion is important to the success of the candidate.


To begin the admission process for the Middle Childhood License/Master of Education program, the candidate must meet with an academic advisor for a transcript review outlining general education requirements:

  • English Composition (3)
  • History (6)
  • Literature (6)
  • Science (9)
  • Oral or Interpersonal Communications (3)
  • Fine Art (3)

Call (513) 745-3701 for an appointment. Please bring an official copy of all undergraduate and graduate work from accredited colleges or universities to the meeting.

A minimum grade of C is required in all courses, except English composition, for which a B is required. An overall undergraduate grade point average must be a 2.70 or better.

Next the student must apply for the M.Ed. in Elementary Education. To be considered for admission to the M.Ed. in Elementary Education students must submit the following to the office of graduate services:

  • The graduate application form
  • $35 application fee
  • One official transcript sent directly from the college/university to Graduate Services, of all previous undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Official test scores from the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). (Call 513 745-3360 or email xugrad@xavier.edu to request a MAT or GRE test booklet. The MAT is offered here at Xavier. For information about registering for the MAT, please call 513 745-3531. If you have previously taken the GRE and want to have your scores sent to Xavier, please contact GRE at 1-888-GRE-SCORE.)

All students seeking admission should have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.7 from an accredited college or university, and a minimum score of 35 on the MAT.

Students may be granted up to 6 hours of advanced standing graduate credit transferred from another university, provided the course work was completed on the university's principal campus and the course work is deemed current and relevant to the elementary concentration or the core curriculum.

Special permission may be granted to register as a non-degree student, prior to acceptance in to the M.Ed. program for no more than 6 credit hours.


The Middle Childhood Licensure candidate must choose two fields of concentration from the following :

  • Mathematics - 21 hours
  • Science - 21 hours
  • Social Studies - 24 hours
  • Reading/ Language Arts - 24 hours

Students should complete the following five professional foundation courses before enrolling in the courses specific to middle childhood licensure.

Foundation Courses

Course Sem. Hours
EDEL 500 Classroom Culture
EDFD 500 History and Philosophy of American Education
EDFD 510 Advanced Human Development and Learning*
EDEL 251 Instructional Technology
EDEL 560 Cultural Diversity in Education

During the semester(s) prior to the beginning of the program, the candidate will complete undergraduate prerequisite courses identified by their advisor.

Core Course Requirements (M.Ed. only)

The following core courses fulfill Master of Education requirements but are not required to complete the middle childhood license requirements. They can be taken at anytime with in the six year limit.

  • EDFD 505 Organization of Education Systems in the United States (3 hrs.)
  • EDFD 507 Educational Research (2 hrs.)**
  • EDFD 508 Education Research Paper (1 hr.)**

** EDFD 507 and EDFD 508 are to be taken simultaneously, and are considered one class.

Middle Childhood Courses

Course Sem. Hours
EDMC 212 Nature and Needs of the Adolescent
EDSP 200/500 Special Education: Identification and Issues
EDCH 326/526 Children's Literature in the Middle Grades
EDMC 325 The Arts in Middle Childhood Education
EDRE 269/569 Phonics and Foundations of Literacy
EDRE 314/514 Reading Methods in Middle Grades
EDMC 340 Middle School Philosophy and Organization
EDMC 345 Middle Childhood Collaboration & Classroom Management
Students need to take two courses from 351, 352, 353, 354 for a total of 6 credit hours.  
EDMC 351 MS Language Arts Curr, Pedagogy, Assess
EDMC 352 MS Math Curr, Pedagogy, Assessment
EDMC 353 MS Science Curr, Pedagogy, Assessment
EDMC 354 MS Social Studies Curr, Pedagogy, Assess
EDMC 455 Student Teaching Middle: Middle School
EDMC 456 Seminar: Current Issues in Middle School
EDRE 478/678 Diagnosis/Correction of Reading Disabilities

Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE) exams are required for licensure:

  • OAE Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Middle Childhood (4-9) OAE #002  
  • Middle School Assessment in content areas. OAE exams in two subject areas must be passed prior to commencement of student teaching.
  • Consult the OAE site for test information and registration. Most middle childhood candidates will take Praxis content area tests upon completion of content course, and PLT during student teaching/internship.
  • Ohio Assessment for Educators Exam Reminders

*Curriculum is subject to change.