Middle Childhood Education

Program Features

Middle Childhood Education prepares a teaching candidate to teach children in grades 4-9 in two fields of concentration chosen from the areas of social studies, mathematics, science, and reading/language arts. Students experience interdisciplinary learning, a hallmark of middle childhood education, and are prepared for curriculum, pedagogy, philosophy and organization of the middle school.

Curriculum

The sample course sequence below illustrates class offerings for the Middle Childhood Education major. Consult the official Xavier University course catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Fall

  • CORE 100 First-Year Seminar............ 3cr.
  • ENGLISH 100/115 Composition/Rhetoric............ 3cr.
  • EDUCATION 110 Human Development and Learning............ 3cr.
  • Natural Science elective............ 3cr.
  • MATH 120............ 3cr.
  • Second Language I............ 3cr.
  • CORE 101 Goa: First-Year Co-Curriculum Program I............ 0cr.

Spring

  • EDUCATION 100 Intro to Education............ 3cr.
  • EDUCATION 260 Cultural Diversity in Education............ 3cr.
  • MATH 150............ 3cr.
  • THEOLOGY 111 Theological Foundations............ 3cr.
  • Second Language II............ 3cr.
  • Scientific Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • CORE 102 Goa: First-Year Co-Curriculum Program II............ 0cr.

Fall

  • EDMC 212 Nature and Needs of Adolescence............ 3cr.
  • MATH 211 Foundation of Arith. in MCED............ 3cr.
  • EDUCATION 251 Instructional Technology ............ 3cr.
  • EDCH 326 Children's Literature for MCED ............ 3cr.
  • PHILOSOPHY 100 Intro to Ethics ............ 3cr.
  • CHEM 102,103 ............ 3cr.

Spring

  • EDSP 200 Special Ed. Identification & Issues ............ 3cr.
  • MATH 212 Geometry & Measurement in MCED ............ 3cr.
  • CHEM 104,105 ............ 3cr.
  • EDRE 269 Phonics & Foundations of Literacy ............ 3cr.
  • PHILOSOPHY 200 Philosophical Perspective ............ 3cr.
  • Historical Perspectives ............ 3cr.

Fall

  • EDMC 340 Middle School Philosophy & School Org ............ 3cr.
  • Theological Perspectives ............ 3cr.
  • MATH 116 Elementary Statistics ............ 3cr.
  • EDRE 314 Reading Methods for Middle Grades ............ 3cr.
  • EDMC 345 Intro to EDMC Classroom Mgmt. ............ 3cr.
  • MATH 213 Algebra Concepts MCED ............ 3cr.

Spring

  • ENGLISH 205 Literature & Moral Imagination ............ 3cr.
  • MATH 214 Math Prob. Solving MCED ............ 3cr.
  • EDMC 325 Arts in Middle Childhood Education ............ 3cr.
  • EDMC 351 Middle School Methods I ............ 3cr.
  • EDMC 354 Middle School Methods II ............ 3cr.
  • BIOL 120, 127 ............ 3cr.

Fall

  • EDMC 455 Student Teaching Middle Childhood ............ 9cr.
  • EDMC 456 Seminar: Current Issues in EDMC ............ 1cr.
  • EDRE 471 Content Area Literacy ............ 3cr.

Spring

  • Creative Perspectives Elective ............ 3cr.
  • EDRE 478 Diagnosis/ Reading Disabilities ............ 3cr.
  • EDUCATION 351 Instructional Strategies for ELL ............ 3cr.
  • PHYS 116, 117 ............ 3cr.
  • Science Elective ............ 3cr.
  • ER/S Elective ............ 3cr.

Sample Courses

Xavier is known for providing an education that's both challenging and personal. Here are some courses that are part of the Middle Childhood Education major at Xavier:

Human Development and Learning (EDFD 110) - An introductory course presenting theories on human growth, development, and learning.

Arts in Ed: Middle Childhood (EDMC 325) - Art, music, and drama integrated into the middle school curriculum.

Nature and Needs of Adolescents (EDMC 212) - Development of young adolescents in family and society. Health and safety. Risk behaviors.

Middle School Science Curriculum, Pedagogy, and Assessment (EDMC 353) - 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.

Children's Lit for Middle Chil (EDCH 326) - Children's literature for the middle school licensure. Study of literary genre from picture books to non-fiction as it applies across the content curriculum of the middle school.

Clubs

Educators for Justice

Educators for Justice is the club for all education majors. It meets in the spirit of St. Ignatius and exists to form solidarity with each other and with the communities surrounding our campus and the school districts our majors are interfacing with. It includes the Xavier Leadership Initiative, which holds events and an annual retreat targeting future leaders in education. We meet once a month and also plans multiple service projects throughout the year. Dr. Knestrict and Dr. Bender-Slack are the faculty leaders of this dynamic club.

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Outcomes

99% of Xavier education graduates pass state licensure exams; 100% are employed or in grad school.

Top Jobs: Kindergarten Teacher, Intervention Specialist, Special Education Teacher, Co-Teacher, First Grade Teacher, Head Teacher, Lead Teacher

Top Employers: Sycamore City School District, Hamilton County Educational Service Center, Lakota School District, St. Bernard School District, Holy Trinity Montessori, Lockland Local Schools, Reading Community School District

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Middle Childhood Education majors earn over 200 hours of field experience in urban, suburban and rural schools in the Cincinnati region, beginning in their freshman year.


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Middle Childhood Education Major at Xavier University

The Middle Childhood Education program at Xavier University has a long history of preparing graduates for careers as teachers in public and private schools. Many graduates also work in other educational settings such as hospitals and child care centers, or outdoor education and nature centers. The program’s longstanding relationships with over 50 Cincinnati area schools provide students with multiple options for required student-teaching experiences that often lead to full-time teaching jobs. About a quarter of graduates go on to earn master’s degrees, including at Xavier, leading to more job opportunities.

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Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. Founded in 1831, the University is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. It has been ranked among the top 10 master's-level universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for the past two decades. The Princeton Review names it one of the "Best 385 Colleges in America."