Middle Childhood Grades 4-9 Program

For applicants who have a Bachelor’s Degree but do not have a license to teach, the Master of Arts in Teaching program is designed to provide a graduate route to initial teacher licensure in Middle Childhood Education for grades 4-9. Students select two teaching/content areas from Language Arts/Reading , Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.

The MAT Middle Childhood program requires a minimum of 34 semester hours of graduate work at Otterbein University, and 24-36 semester hours of coursework in each of the two selected teaching/content areas. Additional undergraduate coursework may be required to qualify for teacher licensure.


The Master of Arts in Teaching programs at Otterbein University offer flexible and individualized scheduling to accommodate our students’ busy work and family schedules. Evening graduate coursework is offered, with the opportunity to take some coursework at other institutions for flexibility. Students in the program enjoy the small class sizes which allow them to build true connections with peers, faculty, and staff. We think the best way for our students to apply what they learn is to teach! The Otterbein Education Department works closely with school districts across the Central Ohio area to provide diverse field experiences for students to develop their own teaching practice and gain real world classroom exposure.


The MAT Middle Childhood program leads to an Ohio four-year Resident Educator Middle Childhood License for grades 4-9. If interested in licensure in other states, it is the responsibility of the student to see that requirements of other states are met.

Master of Arts in Teaching Course Requirements

General education requirements All MAT candidates in the Middle Childhood program are required to have general education course work in the following areas. The remaining semester hours will be completed through concentration area requirements.

  • One English course
  • One college level mathematics course
  • One course from the arts or humanities (One course from art, dance, music, philosophy, or theatre)
  • One course from science (One course from biology, chemistry, physical science, earth science, or astronomy) * One course from social studies (One course from history[OU2] , political science, or psychology)

 Professional Education Requirements

All MAT candidates in the Middle Childhood program are required to take the following professional education course work. The course descriptions contain information about required field hours and course sequence.

  • EDUC 5000 School & Society: A Reflective Inquiry (3)
  • EDUC 5100 Educational Psychology (3)
  • EDUC 5200 Issues in Equity & Multicultural Education (3)
  • EDUC 5300 Exceptional Children (3)
  • EDUC 5380 Literacies for Young Adolescents (4)
  • EDUC 5400 MAT Responsive Schools & Methods Internship (3) AND select two courses for your content area
  • EDUC 5430 Middle Grades Language Arts Methods (3)
  • EDUC 5440 Middle Grades Math Methods (3)
  • EDUC 5450 Middle Grades Science Methods (3)
  • EDUC 5460 Middle Grades Social Studies Methods (3) EDUC 5970 MAT Student Teaching (9)

Other professional education requirements

  • Technology EDUC 2100 - Educational Technology: Adolescence (2)
  • Reading - 12 hours of literacy required for Ohio licensure EDUC 1710 Phonics & Language Study: Middle Childhood (4) EDUC 5380 Literacies for Young Adolescence (4)
  • Select one course from the following: EDUC 3630 Adolescent Lit. in a Comprehensive Read. Prog. (4) EDUC 3800 Literacies in the Content Area (4)[OU4]

Concentration Areas for Middle Childhood Program

Course work in two approved teaching concentration areas is required. Specific course requirements are outlined below. Students may receive credit for some of these courses through previous undergraduate work to be determined by a transcript evaluation.

Choose Two Teaching Concentrations

  • Language Arts and Reading (36 hours)

  • Mathematics (24 hours)

  • Science (28 hours)

  • Social Studies (28 hours)

Middle Childhood Generalist Endorsement

The Middle Childhood Generalist Endorsement allows teachers licensed in Ohio to teach middle childhood grades 4-9 to teach all subject areas in grades 4-6 only. This endorsement gives licensed Middle Childhood teachers additional teaching options. Otterbein offers the additional coursework in the other subject areas for Middle Childhood students to add this additional teaching endorsement.