Middle Childhood

Middle Childhood Education

Middle Childhood Education

The middle childhood period (ages 8–14; grades 4–9) lays the foundation to help students become good citizens and lifelong learners, as well as healthy, caring, ethical and intellectually reflective individuals. Therefore, Middle Childhood education must be developmentally responsive to the diverse and unique needs of young adolescents.

Teachers of middle childhood need specific training in facilitating the growth and development of the “whole child” in the domains of physical, cognitive, language, creative, social, and affective (self-concept, feelings, virtues, values, morals, and spiritual) development. Integrated into the teacher preparatory methodology are conceptual fundamentals of child development theory, curriculum development, knowledge of environmental designs, classroom management, multicultural education, instructional technology, assessment, and various effective teaching practices; all of which are developmentally appropriate for young adolescents and professionals who work with them.

Our program follows the standards of the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE).

Choose two areas of concentration:

  • Mathematics
  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Science

Kimberly ScribnerAlumni Spotlight: Kimberly Scribner


Kimberly Scribner is living her childhood dream. "From the time I was just 3 years old, I wanted to teach. I remember teaching ABC's to my stuffed animals! My mom bought a School Years Book and saved everything about my school years, including kindergarten. I still have that book today." Read Kimberly's Story

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Christine Knaggs, Ph.D.

Director, Middle Childhood Education Program


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Middle Childhood Education program 

Generalist Endorsement
State of Ohio Middle Childhood