The Teaching major with a Concentration in Middle Childhood Education is offered to students who hold bachelor's degree and are interested in teaching grades 4-9. Students are eligible for a middle childhood education license when they successfully complete the program.

All candidates for MCE licensure must have specialization in 2 subject content areas, as chosen from:

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Required content courses are undergraduate level and may have been taken as part of the candidate's bachelor's degree or may be taken concurrently while participating in the graduate level licensure program. See undergraduate catalog for content course requirements.

Program Requirements

Hours: 53

Professional Core - 9 hours

EDU 500 Statistics and Research (3)
EDU 501 Educational Psychology (3)
EDU 604 Integrative Research Project (3)

Concentration Courses - 44 hours

EDU 502 Measurement & Evaluation (3)
EDU 504 Behav Mgmt/Classroom Org (3)
EDU 517 Technology in the Instructional Process (3)
EDU 644 Graduate Student Teaching (6)
MCE 533 School Practicum: Education Content (2)
MCE 540 Introduction to Middle Childhood Education (3)
RDG 511 Content Area Reading (3)
RDG 515 Foundations of Effective Reading Instruction (3)
RDG 530 Phonics/Linguistics (3)
RDG 535 Assessment and Intervention of Reading (3)
SED 515 Human Exceptionalities Across the Lifespan (3)
SED 630 Teaching in an Inclusive Setting (3)

Choose two courses from the following, according to subject content:

EDU 553 Methods of Teaching Mathematics (3)
EDU 556 Methods of Teaching Language Arts (3)
EDU 558 Methods of Teaching Social Studies (3)
EDU 559 Methods of Teaching Sciences (3)

Program Outcomes

  • Content knowledge - The candidate articulates accurate subject matter and applies that knowledge in planning and presenting lessons aligned with content standards.
  • Learner characteristics - The candidate incorporates knowledge of how students learn and how diverse experiences affect learning when planning and presenting lessons aligned with content standards.
  • Instructional strategies - The candidate applies a variety of scientifically-based, data-driven instructional strategies based on learning goals, assesses student's progress toward these goals, and differentiates instruction based on student needs and assessment results.
  • Learning environment - The candidate creates and manages a learning environment that encourages active, engaged learning and respect for others.
  • Professional responsibilities - The candidate engages in reflective practice, promotes collaboration among peers, families and communities, and takes on opportunities for professional development