The Middle Childhood Education program prepares you to teach grades four through nine.


We prepare students to teach, change lives, and impact communities. The Middle Childhood Education (MCE) Program is both a major and a pathway to a teaching license. Students who pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree with an MCE major can be teachers for grades 4-9. Both a major and a license, the program allows students to focus on two chosen concentrations from the areas of language arts, mathematics, science or social studies.

The program is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and approved by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). Pre-professional teachers who complete the middle childhood course work and field work are uniquely qualified to teach at the middle school level.

Middle Childhood Education at the Mount

  Featured Courses

Students take courses in their two selected content areas and take courses in pedagogy such as:

  • Classroom Management
  • Human Exceptionalities field experience during sophomore year
  • Introduction to Middle School
  • Service learning experience during sophomore year
  • Literacy practicum during junior year
  • Methods
  Career Potential

Students who complete licensure in MCE receive a Resident Educator License which is good for four years. With the license, a graduate can become a teacher in any public or private school in the state of Ohio which includes grades from 4-9. Many teachers with MCE licensure sponsor extracurricular activities, including clubs, service organizations as well as coach interscholastic sports. 

Over time, MCE teachers can take positions of leadership within a school, such as:

  • Lead teacher
  • Department chair
  • Curriculum coordinator
  • Educational administrator
  Hands-On Experience

Field experiences begin in the sophomore year, with service learning experiences in area schools. This continues into the junior year with practicum in literacy. During their senior year, students complete a practicum experience in two chosen content areas. This is followed by a student teaching experience in two of the student's content areas in the subsequent semester.

Student Voices

“The Education Department is a family. Everyone truly cares about each other and the success of their students. I know I can go to the Education Department for a friendly smile. I can honestly say that going to the Mount and being an Education major has been the best decision of my life.”

– Sarah Campbell ’19


The BE THE CHANGE program at Mount St. Joseph University is designed to make earning a bachelor’s degree and teaching license more accessible for those who already have already completed two years (or equivalent) of higher education coursework at a community college. Learn more about BE THE CHANGE here.

For more information, contact the School of Education at 513-244-4801.



News and Updates

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For additional information, contact School of Education at 513-244-4801.

Additional Resources

  Faculty and Staff

Harrison Collier
Undergraduate Chair- School of Education Director of Clinical Experiences, Assessment Coordinator

Laura Saylor
Dean of Education and Associate Professor

Michael Bindis
Associate Professor and Program Director

  Undergraduate Tuition
  Program Requirements
  Curriculum Guide

Curriculum Guide

*Subject to change