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Middle Childhood

The middle childhood licensure program develops expertise in working with children in grades four through nine. In addition to a substantive background in the liberal arts and humanities through the university core, the program prepares middle child educators in two of four content areas: language arts/reading, math, science, and social studies.


You’ll gain teaching, theoretical, and practical knowledge and experiences in understanding the nature and learning styles of young adolescents and the middle school environment. Candidates in the program also benefit from multiple experiences in the planning of appropriate lessons for specific subject areas and for interdisciplinary lessons.

How We Prepare You

You will learn from caring, expert education faculty and gain valuable firsthand experience in area schools, helping you develop professionally and personally to make a difference in the classroom, your community, and beyond.

 

Program Coordinator:

Margaret Schauer, Ph.D.

Telephone: 216-397-4690

mschauer@jcu.edu

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Content Areas

Coursework in disciplinary content areas prepare middle childhood educators in two of four content areas: Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies.

Firsthand Experience

Candidates in the program have multiple experiences in the planning of appropriate lessons for specific subject areas and for interdisciplinary lessons. The middle childhood educator will come to understand the nature of the young adolescent and the middle school environment and develop a philosophy appropriate to learning situations for all learners in and outside of the classroom.

Required Credits

The middle childhood major requires 52 credits in middle-level education and related coursework plus additional coursework in two content areas.

Admission Requirements

Candidates typically seek admission to the middle childhood program during their sophomore year. You'll need an interview with a faculty member; minimum 2.7 grade point averages in overall coursework, education coursework, and content area coursework; a writing sample; and appropriate demonstration of dispositions for the profession.

Program Highlights

Choose Two

You will be licensed to teach two content subject areas in grades 4-9.

Our Middle Childhood Program is nationally recognized by the Specialized Professional Association, The Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE), through 2026.