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Middle Childhood Education

Middle childhood education prepares a teaching candidate for grades four through nine for teaching in two fields of concentration. The teacher candidate chooses two fields from the areas of social studies, mathematics, science, and reading/language arts. All students are required to take 21-24 hours in each of the two content areas that they choose for licensure. Core requirements may cross count as licensure concentration hours.

Students experience interdisciplinary learning, a hallmark of middle childhood education, as part of their learning experience at Xavier. The middle school teaching concept is unique, and our students are prepared for curriculum, pedagogy, philosophy and organization of the middle school. Due to the nature of the program, students who declare a middle childhood major after the freshman year will likely need summer courses.

The student enrolls in the first education course during the spring semester, freshman year. EDEL 100: Introduction to Education, provides the student with field experience in both early and middle childhood, allowing the student to investigate each level before declaring a program. "Introduction to Education" also addresses suitability for the teaching field.

Sample Classes

Language Arts Curriculum, Pedagogy, & Assessment

This class emphasizes the collaborative nature of middle school structure and teaching; interdisciplinary teaming; effective teaching and management strategies.

Math Curriculum, Pedagogy, & Assessment

This class concentrates on mathematics in middle school. Teaching strategies, management techniques, methods, model curricula, assessment, and integration with other subject fields are included in the course. The course focuses on classroom, clinical, and field settings.

Science Curriculum, Pedagogy, & Assessment

This course consists of theory and research that will provide a foundation for science teaching. There are hands on active teaching strategies; integration of science content; the nature of science; use of electronic educational technology; science and society issues; assessment for student outcomes; classroom management and safety for the science classroom.

Social Studies Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment

This course focuses on the content of social studies disciplines integrated into a comprehensive plan of instruction; age appropriate methods, curricula, and assessment for the middle school learner in classroom, clinical, and field settings.