Middle Childhood Teacher Education Program

The Middle Childhood Education program leads to an Ohio two-year Middle Childhood Resident Educator License valid for teaching grades four through nine in two content areas.

Program Description 
A display of the required courses and recommended course sequences for the Middle Childhood program is provided below. The recommended sequence may be changed on the advice of the faculty advisor to meet individual scheduling needs. Course substitutions require the written permission of the Chairperson of the Education Department.

Middle Childhood teacher education students at Otterbein University must complete two concentration areas.  Middle Childhood education students choose two of the following four approved concentration area options: Please note the Middle Childhood license requires 12 literacy hours, which includes Phonics, EDUC 1710.

  1. Language Arts & Reading
  2. Mathematics
  3. Science
  4. Social Studies

Advising

Meeting with your advisor is essential for staying on track with university and teacher preparation program requirements. Reach out to your advisor each semester and be sure to communicate your plans for when you want to student teach. Your entire program should be organized around the student teaching semester. 

Middle Childhood Program (Grades 4 through 9)

A Recommended Sequence of Courses

Fall 1 Spring 1
FYS 1000 Level First Year Seminar (3) Fall or Spring, or TYS 2000 Level Transition Year Seminar (3) Fall or Spring (transfer students only). INST 1500: Identity Projects: Writing and Literature (3) Fall or Spring, Writing Intensive
EDUC 901-903 (Standardized Test Prep as needed; 1 credit each). Fall only Concentration Area Course: Coursework in two content areas is required.
Math 1210: Nature of Mathematics (3) Fall or Spring, or Math 1500: Introduction to Mathematical Thought (3) Fall only Concentration Area Course: Coursework in two content areas is required.
Required skills courses (see catalog for options) (3-4)
EDUC 1600: Study of the School (4) Fall or Spring. Writing Intensive; Includes 45-hour field component.
EDUC 1710: Phonics and Language Study: Middle Childhood (3) Spring only
LFW Series Health and Physical Education Lifestyle series (1) Fall or Spring

 

For admission to EDUC 1600, students must have a 2.5 overall GPA, have met test score requirements, and have a current FBI/BCI Background Check on file.

Fall 2 Spring 2
INST 2000 Level Interconnections (3) Fall or  Spring INST 2200 Level Reflection & Responsibility (3) Fall or Spring
Skills Course (3) see Course Catalog for choices EDUC 3410 Middle Childhood Methods I (3) Spring only. Includes 40 field hours 
EDUC 2000: Educational Psychology: Adolescence (3) Fall or Spring
*Includes 20 required field hours 
EDUC 2100 Educational Technology: Adolescence (3) Fall or Spring
Concentration Area Course: Coursework in two content areas is required.
Concentration Area Course: Coursework in two content areas is required.

 

Students must apply for admission to Teacher Education during Year 2, EDUC 2000.

 

Fall 3 Spring 3

EDUC 3420 Middle Childhood Content Methods II (9) Fall only, and TWO Content Course Methods  (3,3) Fall only

*See below

EDUC 3800 Literacies in the Content Area (3) Fall or Spring
INST 2400 Level Natural Foundations (3) Fall or Spring EDUC 2520 Exceptional Children: Adolescence (3) Fall or Spring
Concentration Area Course: Coursework in two content areas is required. INST 2600 Level Creativity & Culture (3) Fall or Spring
Concentration Area Course: Coursework in two content areas is required. EDUC 3850 Using Literacy Across Disciplines in the Middle Grades (3) Spring only. Includes 25 field hours

*Middle Childhood Content Methods Block
EDUC 3420 Middle Childhood Methods II (3)
Must be taken with two content courses below. 

 

Select two Middle Childhood Content Methods Courses:

EDUC 3430 Middle Grades: Language Arts Methods (3) Fall only
EDUC 3440 Middle Grades: Mathematics Methods (3) Fall only
EDUC 3450 Middle Grades: Science Methods (3) Fall only
EDUC 3460 Middle Grades: Social Studies Methods (3) Fall only

To take any year 3 EDUC course with a field component, students must be admitted to Teacher Education Program (Decision Point 2) and have a current FBI/BCI Background Check on file.

 

Fall 4 Spring 4
INST 2800 Level Global Cultures (3) Fall or Spring
EDUC 4810 Student Teaching: Middle Childhood (10) Fall or Spring, or EDUC 4900 Internship (4-12) * Fall or Spring INST 3000 Level Integrative Seminar (3) Fall or Spring
EDUC 4820 Student Teaching Seminar: Middle Childhood (2) Fall or Spring SYE Senior Year Experience (2-3) Fall or Spring. Consult with advisor.  
EDUC 3630 Adolescent Literature in a Comprehensive Reading Program (3) Spring only
Required Skills Course

Year 4 Note: Student teaching requires successful review at Decision Point 3.

  • Middle Childhood students may also student teach during spring semester. Please work with your advisor to determine the best semester to complete student teaching

 

Concentration Areas for Middle Childhood Program (Grades 4 to 9) Two Concentration Areas Required

LANGUAGE ARTS & READING (24 sem. hrs.) Does not include Reading Endorsement
EDUC 1710 Phonics & Language Study: Middle Childhood (3) Fall only
EDUC 3430 Middle Grades: Language Arts Methods (3) Fall only
EDUC 3630 Adolescent Literature in a Comprehensive Reading Program (3) Spring only
EDUC 3850 Using Literacy Across Disciplines in the Middle Grades (3) Spring only
ENGL 1155 Reading, Writing, & the Literary Imagination (3) Fall only
INST 1500 Level Identity Projects: Writing & Literature (3) Fall or Spring

Select one course from the following: Cultural Elective ENGL 2230 Studies in African American Literatures (3) Fall or Spring
ENGL 2231 Studies in Women’s Literatures (3) Fall or Spring
ENGL 2232 Studies in Diverse Literary Cultures (3) Spring only
ENGL 2233 Studies in World Literatures (3) Fall or Spring
ENGL 2234 Studies in GLBTQ Literatures (3) Fall only

Select one course from the following: British or American Literature Elective ENGL 2210 Studies in British Literatures Before 1700 (3) Fall only
ENGL 2215 Studies in British Literatures 1700-1900 (3) Fall or Spring
ENGL 2220 Studies in British Literature After 1900 (3) Fall or Spring
ENGL 2250 Studies in American Literature Before 1900 (3) Spring only
ENGL 2255 American Comic Literature of the 20th & 21st Century (3) Spring only

 

 

MATHEMATICS (19 sem. hrs.) 
EDUC 3440 Middle Grades Mathematics Methods (3) Fall only
MATH 1210 Nature of Mathematics (3) Fall or Spring; or MATH 1500 Introduction to Mathematical Thought (3) Fall or Spring
MATH 1250 Elementary Functions (3) Fall or Spring
MATH 1700 Calculus I (4) Fall or Spring
MATH 2150 Math for Middle Childhood: Numbers & Variables (3) Spring only
MATH 2170 Math for Middle Childhood: Measurement & Geometry (3) Fall only

NOTE: Candidates who do not place into MATH 1250 are required to take additional courses to meet the prerequisites for MATH 1250.

SCIENCE (25 sem. hrs.) 
BIO 1000 Principles of Biology (3) (offered every other year) Fall only
CHEM 1100 Survey of General Chemistry (3) and CHEM 1110 Survey of General Chemistry Lab (1) Fall only
ESCI 1001 Introduction to Environmental Science (4) Fall only
EDUC 3450 Middle Grades Science Methods (3) Fall only
INST 2403 The Expanding Universe (3) Fall or Spring
PHYS 1000 Introduction to Physical Science (4) Spring only

Select one course from the following: ESCI 1010 Physical Geology (4) Spring only
ESCI 1020 Earth System History (4) Spring only
ESCI 2000 Field Geology (4) Spring only

 

SOCIAL STUDIES (21 sem. hrs.) 
EDUC 3460 Middle Grades Social Studies Methods (3) Fall only
GEOG 1000 World Regional Geography (3) Fall or Spring
INST 2803 The Making of Global Society (3) Spring only
POLS 1000 American National Government (3) Fall only

Select one course from the following: HIST 1100 The American Experience to 1865 (3) Fall only
HIST 1200 The American Experience Since 1865 (3) Fall or Spring

Select one course from the following: HIST level 2000 course, Fall or Spring (consult with your advisor)

Select one course from the following: ECON 2100 Principles of Microeconomics (3) Fall or Spring (prerequisites: MATH 1210, 1220,1230, 1240, or 1250)  ECON 2100 recommended by Education and History for success on OAE licensure test
HIST 3200 Global Capitalism (3) Fall only
HIST 4210 The Industrial Revolution in a Global Perspective (3) Fall or Spring

 

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