Middle Childhood Education | Mount St. Joseph University
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The Middle Childhood Education program prepares you to teach grades four through nine.

The Middle Childhood Education (MCE) program prepares future teachers for grades 4-9. Both a major and a license, the program allows students to focus on two chosen concentrations from the areas of language arts, mathematics, science or social studies.

Featured Courses:

Students take courses in their two selected content areas and take courses in pedagogy such as:

  • Classroom Management
  • Human Exceptionalities field experience during sophomore year
  • Introduction to Middle School
  • Literacy field experience during sophomore year
  • Literacy practicum during junior year

Career Potential:

Students who complete licensure in MCE receive a Resident Educator License which is good for four years. With the license, a graduate can become a teacher in any public or private school in the state of Ohio which includes grades from 4-9. Many teachers with MCE licensure sponsor extracurricular activities, including clubs, service organizations as well as coach interscholastic sports. Over time, MCE teachers can take positions of leadership within a school, such as lead teacher, department chair or curriculum coordinator.

Hands-On Experience:

Field experiences begin in the sophomore year, with service learning experiences in area schools. This continues into the junior year with practicum in literacy. During their senior year, students complete a practicum experience in two chosen content areas. This is followed by a student teaching experience in two of the student's content areas in the subsequent semester.

The program is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and approved by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). Pre-professional teachers who complete the middle childhood course work and field work are uniquely qualified to teach at the middle school level.

For additional information, please contact the School of Education at 513-244-4801.

News and Updates

Stay up to date with the most recent middle childhood education program news and events; visit the department of undergraduate education page. 

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  • Photo of Harrison Collier Harrison Collier

    Undergraduate Chair- School of Education Director of Clinical Experiences, Assessment Coordinator

  • Photo of Laura Saylor Laura Saylor

    Dean of Education, Program Director, Assistant Professor

  • Photo of Michael Bindis Michael Bindis

    Assistant Professor of Education