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Middle Childhood Grades 4-9 Program

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For applicants who have a Bachelor’s Degree but do not have a license to teach, the MAT program is designed to provide a graduate route to teacher licensure in Middle Childhood Education for grades 4-9. Students select two teaching/content areas from reading/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.

The MAT Middle Childhood program requires a minimum of 34 semester hours of graduate work and 22-36 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 MAT Middle Childhood program is designed to be a part-time program, with graduate coursework offered evenings and weekends. However, some undergraduate coursework required for licensure may be offered in the daytime or may be taken at another institution. The culmination of the program requires a full-time internship in the schools during J-Term and Spring semesters of the final year. Most students complete the MAT in two to three years, depending on the number of hours they have to complete for licensure.


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. Information on licensure may be obtained from the Division of Teacher Education and Certification of the Department of Education of the state in question. Teacher licensure is simplified in many states through Interstate Reciprocity Agreements and through graduation from Otterbein University, an institution accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Most states also require that teachers pass a teacher competency test prior to licensure, e.g. Praxis II.

MAT Courses

Professional 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, 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

EDUC 2100 - Educational Technology: Adolescence (2) 

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)

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 of These Concentrations

  • Language Arts and Reading (36 sem. hrs.) - does not include Reading Endorsement

  • Mathematics (24 sem. hours)

  • Science (28 sem. hrs.)

  • Social Studies (28 sem. hours)

Add an Endorsement

MAT students can also add the following endorsements:

  • Middle Childhood Generalist Endorsement (Grades 4-6)
  • Reading Teacher Endorsement (Grades Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12)

/ The Graduate School

The Graduate School is located in Roush Hall, room 208.

Office Hours
M-F: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

p/ 614.823.3210
e/ grad@otterbein.edu

/ Graduate Education Personnel

K. Daniel Cho, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Programs
p/ 614.823.1452
e/ DCho@otterbein.edu

Gaby Miller

Graduate Education Recruiter/Counselor MAT/initial licensure
p/ 614.823.1346
e/ gmiller@otterbein.edu

Amy Featherstone
Graduate Education Recruiter/Counselor MAE, Educational Mathematics, Adding License, Professional Development
p/ 614.823.3271
e/ afeatherstone@otterbein.edu

M. Michelle Fosnaugh
Graduate Assistant
e/ margaret.fosnaugh@otterbein.edu