The Middle Childhood Education program is part of the School of Teaching & Learning in the BGSU College of Education & Human Development  

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Middle Childhood Education

Good teachers have never been more needed than now, and the job outlook is strong nationwide. More important, though, your Bachelor of Science in Education degree prepares you to change young people's lives through education, including field experiences that start as soon as your freshman year.

Our program is one of Ohio's largest producers of teacher education graduates, and our graduates earn more on average than any other graduates in the state, according to a study by Payscale. Your degree enables you to teach two subject areas – choose from mathematics, social studies, language arts and science – in grades 4 through 9. You can also take courses that lead to the Ohio Middle Childhood Generalist Endorsement, permitting you to teach all subjects in grades 4 through grade 6, in addition to your specialized areas in grades 7-9.

Quality classroom experiences

Our faculty share your enthusiasm for teaching and help you build your teaching skills right from the start. Field experiences start as soon as the freshman year and total nearly 1,000 hours in both your content areas and grade band interests by graduation. This also includes a Professional Year (Senior Year) that consists of a placement in the same classroom for the entire school year.

Stand Out in courses like

  • Introduction to Teaching Middle Grades Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, or Language Arts
  • Teaching Adolescents
  • Digital Technologies for Middle and High School Teachers
  • Teaching Students with Exceptionalities

Curriculum

You’ll choose a blend of classes within your content area – language arts, mathematics, social studies or science -- plus pedagogy classes with well-credentialed faculty. 

Students enrolled in the Middle Childhood Education program are advised by college advising staff during their initial year at BGSU, and then are assigned a faculty advisor from the School of Teaching and Learning for the remainder of their undergraduate experience.

BGSU is the largest producer of teacher education graduates in Ohio, and BGSU’s teacher education graduates get paid more on average than any other graduates in the state, according to a study by Payscale

Internships and Careers

Field experiences start as soon as the freshman year, totaling nearly 1,000 hours by graduation. Additionally, the college hosts one of the country’s largest teacher job fairs, sponsored by BGSU’s Career Services.

GO FAR in your career

  • Teacher Educator
  • Professional Development Provider

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The Middle Childhood Education program is part of the School of Teaching & Learning in the BGSU College of Education & Human Development

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in Middle Childhood Education are expected to be able to:

  • Apply theories of human development and learning to their teaching through the design of lessons and units of instruction.
  • Plan, implement and assess instructional strategies.
  • Exhibit professional and ethical behavior when working with students, their parents, other educators and community members.

Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The Middle Childhood Education program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and is in good standing.

More information on accreditation

Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Middle Childhood Education program requires professional licensure.

More information on professional licensure

Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The Middle Childhood Education program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.

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