School of Education

Middle Childhood

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; and 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 license is for teaching grades 4-9 in two subject areas. Students 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.

Progression through the program is unique to the individual due to the various concentration combinations-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, but the sequence of course completion is important to each student's success.


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 (3)
  • Literature (6)
  • Science (6)
  • Fine Art (3)

Call 513-745-3797 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 MEd in Elementary Education. To be considered for admission, students must submit the following to the Office of the Graduate School:

  • The graduate application form.
  • One official transcript sent directly from the college/university of all previous undergraduate and graduate course work.

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 MEd program for no more than 6 credit hours.


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

  • Mathematics - 18 hours
  • Science - 18 hours
  • Social Studies - 21 hours
  • Reading/ Language Arts - 21 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 3
EDFD 500 History and Philosophy of American Education 3
EDFD 510 Advanced Human Development and Learning* 3
EDEL 251 Instructional Technology 3
EDEL 560 Cultural Diversity in Education 3

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 (MEd only)

The following core courses fulfill Master of Education requirements but are not required to complete the Middle Childhood Licensure requirements. They can be taken at any time with in the six-year limit.

  • EDFD 505 Organization of Education Systems in the United States (3 hrs.)
  • EDFD 507Educational Research & Educational Research Paper (3 hrs.)

Middle Childhood Courses

Course Sem. Hours
EDMC 212 Nature and Needs of the Adolescent 3
EDSP 200/500 Special Education: Identification and Issues 3
EDCH 326/526 Children's Literature in the Middle Grades 3
EDMC 325 The Arts in Middle Childhood Education 3
EDRE 269/569 Phonics and Foundations of Literacy 3
EDRE 314/514 Reading Methods in Middle Grades 3
EDMC 340 Middle School Philosophy and Organization 3
EDMC 345 Middle Childhood Collaboration and Classroom Management 3

Students need to take two courses from 351, 352, 353, 354 for a total of 6 credit hours.

Course Sem. Hours
EDMC 351 MS Language Arts Curr, Pedagogy, Assess 3
EDMC 352 MS Math Curr, Pedagogy, Assessment 3
EDMC 353 MS Science Curr, Pedagogy, Assessment 3
EDMC 354 MS Social Studies Curr, Pedagogy, Assess 3
EDMC 455 Student Teaching Middle: Middle School 9
EDMC 456 Seminar: Current Issues in Middle School 3
EDRE 478/678 Diagnosis/Correction of Reading Disabilities 3

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.
  • Ohio Assessment for Educators Exam Reminders

*Curriculum is subject to change.