Middle Childhood Education

Bachelor of Science in Education
School of Teaching and Learning
College of Education and Human Development

The teacher licensure program in middle childhood education (grades 4-9) in the School of Teaching and Learning, in the College of Education and Human Development, combines advanced coursework in the arts and sciences, rigorous study in the theory and methodology of teaching, and challenging field experiences to prepare students for professional teaching careers. Students must choose a focus in two of the following specializations: reading and language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 is required for formal admission to the middle childhood major. Students must pass the Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE) exam in two concentration areas and the Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Middle Childhood (4-9) exam.

Program Features

The middle childhood education program reflects research on the intellectual, social and emotional growth of students in the middle grades. The program was designed to meet a developing national trend to prepare graduates to teach children (8-14 years) from a holistic perspective. The emphasis is on content instruction, which is integrated and developmentally appropriate. Extensive field experiences, from freshman through senior years, provide students with a range of opportunities to work with learners and teach in the middle grades. Key focal points of the program include

Preparation for College

Completing the requirements for high school graduation is necessary for admission to BGSU, but only finishing the minimum coursework will leave you unprepared for college. Consider taking four years of mathematics instead of the three that are required. Two, three or even four years of the same foreign language is excellent for preparation for college. You will also benefit from competency in computer use. Courses that provide exposure to or training in the visual and performing arts are excellent choices.

College Highlights

The College of Education and Human Development focuses on the education of professionals who positively impact the development of individuals, families, communities, schools and other societal institutions.

BGSU’s teacher education program is well respected throughout the country. The education programs have earned accreditation from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Ohio Department of Education.

The Technology and Resource Center provides audio visual equipment, networked computers, laser printing, scanners and a wide variety of application and educational software.

Opportunities for education-related clubs and organizations are also available within the College of Education and Human Development. The Student Education Association provides activities and programs to enhance the professional development of teacher candidates. Other organizations for middle childhood majors include the Student Organization of Early and Middle Childhood.

Middle childhood education majors also have the opportunity to live in the Educators in Context and Community residential living and learning community. ECCO students live and learn together and gain teaching experience in a high-need urban school setting, beginning their first semester at BGSU.

Many education majors also take advantage of a wide variety of opportunities to study abroad. Each year about 50 education students go abroad for experiences ranging from several weeks in the summer to a full semester or academic year.

Teacher Education Report Card

Bowling Green State University’s 421 teacher education graduates who took the national Praxis II licensing exam in 2010-11 passed at an overall rate of 96 percent (surpassing the state requirement of 80 percent) and met or exceeded the state requirement for licensure in 22 content or teaching specialty areas.

BGSU’s teacher education programs are fully accredited at all levels by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

For Further Information

Internet Access

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The University

Bowling Green State University is a vibrant university that engages, challenges and prepares students for meaningful futures. At BGSU, students enjoy an education that integrates personal growth, academic excellence and an environment that expands their thinking and potential. A mid-size residential university, BGSU has an enrollment of approximately 20,000 and a full-time faculty of more than 900 on its main campus. More than 200 undergraduate majors and programs are offered as well as master's and doctoral level programs.

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