Middle Childhood Teacher Education Program

The Middle Childhood Education program leads to an Ohio four-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) or TYS 2000 Level Transition Year Seminar (3) (transfer students only). INST 1500: Identity Projects: Writing and Literature (3) Writing Intensive
EDUC 1600: Study of the School (4) Writing Intensive; Includes 45-hour field component. (can be taken Spring 1) EDUC 902 (Standardized Test Prep as needed (1)
Math 1210: Nature of Mathematics (3) or Math 1500: Introduction to Mathematical Thought (3) Concentration Area Course: Coursework in two content areas is required.
EDUC 901-903 (Standardized Test Prep as needed; 1 credit each). Concentration Area Course: Coursework in two content areas is required.
Required skills courses (see catalog for options) (3-4)
EDUC 1710: Phonics and Language Study: Middle Childhood (fall or spring) (3)
LFW Series Health and Physical Education Lifestyle series (fall or spring) (1)

 

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) *Recommend INST 2011 EDUC 3850 Using Literacy Across Disciplines in the Middle Grades (3) spring semester- includes 25 field hours
INST 2200 Level Reflection & Responsibility (3) EDUC 3410 Middle Childhood Methods I (3) spring semester – includes 40 field hours 
EDUC 2000: Educational Psychology: Adolescence (3)
*Includes 20 required field hours 
EDUC 2100 Educational Technology: Adolescence (3)
Skills Course (3) see Course Catalog for choices INST 2200 Level Reflection & Responsibility (3)
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.

*Note: EDUC 3600 not required if student takes INST 2011

 

Fall 3 Spring 3
Middle Childhood Content Methods Block (9)
*See below
EDUC 3800 Literacies in the Content Area (3) spring semester 
INST 2400 Level Natural Foundations (3) EDUC 2520 Exceptional Children: Adolescence (3)
Concentration Area Course: Coursework in two content areas is required. INST 2600 Level Creativity & Culture (3)
Concentration Area Course: Coursework in two content areas is required.

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

 

Select two Middle Childhood Content Methods Courses:

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

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: Global Cultures (3)
EDUC 4810 Student Teaching: Middle Childhood (10) or EDUC 4900 Internship (4-12) * INST 3000: Integrative Seminar (3) 
EDUC 4820 Student Teaching Seminar: Middle Childhood (2)  SYE Senior Year Experience (2-3) Consult with advisor.  
EDUC 3630 Adolescent Literature in a Comprehensive Reading Program (3) spring semester
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)
EDUC 3430 Middle Grades: Language Arts Methods (3)
EDUC 3630 Adolescent Literature in a Comprehensive Reading Program (3) 
EDUC 3850 Using Literacy Across Disciplines in the Middle Grades (3)
ENGL 1155 Reading, Writing, & the Literary Imagination (3)
INST 1500 Level Identity Projects: Writing & Literature (3)

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

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

 

 

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

 
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)
CHEM 1100 Survey of General Chemistry (3) and CHEM 1110 Survey of General Chemistry Lab (1)
ESCI 1001 Introduction to Environmental Science (4)
EDUC 3450 Middle Grades Science Methods (3)
INST 2403 The Expanding Universe (3)
PHYS 1000 Introduction to Physical Science (4)

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

 

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

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

Select one course from the following: HIST 2100 History Seminar (3)
POLS 2300 Methods of Research & Inquiry in Political Science (3)

Select one course from the following: ECON 2100 Principles of Microeconomics (3) (prerequisites: MATH 1210, 1220,1230, 1240, or 1250)
HIST 3200 Global Capitalism (3)
HIST 4210 The Industrial Revolution in a Global Perspective (3)