Middle Childhood Education

The Middle Childhood Education (MCE) degree is housed in the School of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education and Human Development and leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and an Ohio teaching license. This enables a successful candidate to teach two subject areas (mathematics, social studies, language arts, science) in grades 4 through 9. Students enrolled in the Middle Childhood Education program may also elect to take courses that lead to the Ohio Middle Childhood Generalist Endorsement, which would permit them to teach all subjects in grades 4 through grade 6, in addition to their specialized areas in grades 7-9. Endorsement courses are offered in the summer online and face-to-face at the post-baccalaureate and graduate levels. Seniors in Middle Childhood Education may take 5000-level endorsement courses with a 3.0 and "Advanced Undergraduate Status" (See Graduate College).

The MCE degree program is highly competitive, requiring a candidate to earn a grade point average of 3.0 to be fully eligible. Thus, students who enter this program are academically strong and prepared for its challenging curriculum. Students enrolled in the Middle Childhood Education program are advised by the 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.

All middle childhood education majors take a combination of classes from across a broad spectrum, as well as focus on courses in two selected areas of concentration from among mathematics, social studies, science, and language arts. In addition to completion of required coursework, the Ohio Board of Regents mandates that all licensure candidates successfully pass three licensure exams: the Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE) content specialty test in each of the two selected concentration areas, as well as the Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Middle Childhood (4-9). Candidates must apply for both the exams and the teaching license.

Special opportunities exist for students entering teacher education degree programs at Bowling Green State University. These include: (a) Educators in Context and Community (ECCO) learning community, (b) studying abroad in Keele, England, (c) student teaching abroad in English-speaking schools in Rio de Janerio, or (d) student teaching with our school partners in Aldine, Texas.

BGSU is also home to one of the largest Teacher Job Fairs in the country, sponsored by BGSU’s Career Services. Candidates in BGSU teacher education programs also enjoy a variety of resources for their use including the Curriculum Resource Center in the Jerome Library and the Technology and Resource Center in the Education Building.  In addition to Greek Life, additional campus-wide clubs and organizations are available, including education-related associations. BGSU has an dynamic chapter of CMLA (Colligate Middle Level Association), and is an active participant in OMLA (Ohio Middle Level Association), both of which are affiliates of the larger Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE).

The Middle Childhood Education program at Bowling Green State University is an AMLE (Association for Middle Level Education) Nationally Recognized Program and is fully accredited by the Ohio Board of Regents. It is the only national organization dedicated exclusively to middle level education. Affiliates are the Ohio Middle Level Association (OMLA) and the Collegiate Middle Level Association (CMLA). BGSU has active involvement at all levels of the organization, as well as a dynamic CMLA group. All Teacher Education programs at BGSU are also fully accredited by NCATE (National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education).   

Contact Information:

Debra Gallagher EdD
Middle Childhood Education Program Coordinator
523 Education Building
School of Teaching and Learning
College of Education and Human Development
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, Ohio  43403
E-mail: dgallag@bgsu.edu 

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.

Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review
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. For more information, click here.

Professional Licensure (If applicable)
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. For more information, click here.

Gainful Employment (If applicable)

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.


  • Language Arts and Reading
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies