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 active chapter of CMLA (Colligate Middle Level Association) along with active national association OMLA (Ohio Middle Level Association).

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:
Nancy Fordham
Middle Childhood Education Program Coordinator
529 Education Building
School of Teaching and Learning
College of Education and Human Development
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, Ohio  43403
E-mail: stl@bgsu.edu