Middle Childhood Education (4-9)

Earn Your Bachelor’s Degree in Middle Childhood Education

Middle school presents unique challenges. Rapid changes are occurring intellectually, emotionally and physically as students begin to develop their adult identities.  

A middle childhood education degree provides the knowledge and skills you will need to help children learn and think. You will choose two areas of concentration from language arts, mathematics, social studies and science.

Explore our Teaching Program at Urbana University

Many schools offer a degree in education – but you won’t find the mentoring experience available to you as an Urbana University student. Our faculty members know that how they teach you will influence how you learn to teach. Their passion is to create the best teachers possible.

Students are individually placed at partner schools for field experiences that are diverse, technology-enhanced and outstanding in teaching practice. Urbana’s program lays the foundation for a successful teaching career.

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. John Forsthoefel

With over 30 years in the field of education, Dr. John Forsthoefel brings a wealth of experience to Urbana University. Prior to joining Urbana University in 2000, he held positions as elementary teacher and principal, assistant superintendent and professor.

Careers

Become a Middle Childhood Education Professional

Our Middle Childhood Education major teaches you the fundamentals of teaching – and lets you roll up your sleeves and put that knowledge into practice with valuable field experiences.

After graduation and upon acquiring a teaching license, Urbana’s Middle Childhood Education major prepares you to transition confidently into a teaching career knowing you are well prepared for a teaching career in a public or private school. You’ll also be well-positioned to attend graduate school to expand your marketability into fields such as administration, psychology, or higher education.

Program Outcomes

Language Arts

  1. Articulates milestones and variations in student development in the cognitive, physical, linguistic, social, affective, and moral domains and how they impact student learning.

  2. Understands assessment instruments and practices, the relationship between assessment and instruction, and how to use assessment data to plan and adapt effective learning experiences and monitor student progress.

  3. Creates developmentally appropriate learning goals, objectives and strategies in a safe and inclusive learning environment to ensure the engagement and success of all students, including students who are English Language Learners and students with excepti

  4. Defines roles and expectations for professional educators, strategies for self-reflection and continuous professional growth, and identifies methods to establish effective partnerships and collaborations with families, colleagues, and the community.

  5. Applies strategies for developing vocabulary knowledge, reading comprehension, and strategies for reading across the curriculum.

  6. Understands the conventions of Standard American English and the elements of effective composition and writing across the curriculum.

Science

  1. Articulates milestones and variations in student development in the cognitive, physical, linguistic, social, affective, and moral domains and how they impact student learning.

  2. Understands assessment instruments and practices, the relationship between assessment and instruction, and how to use assessment data to plan and adapt effective learning experiences and monitor student progress.

  3. Creates developmentally appropriate learning goals, objectives and strategies in a safe and inclusive learning environment to ensure the engagement and success of all students, including students who are English Language Learners and students with excepti

  4. Defines roles and expectations for professional educators, strategies for self-reflection and continuous professional growth, and identifies methods to establish effective partnerships and collaborations with families, colleagues, and the community.

  5. Understands the principles and procedures of scientific inquiry, application and the relationship with technology, engineering, mathematics, and society.

  6. Understands the facts, concepts, principles, laws and theories of physical science, life science, and earth and space science.

Mathematics

  1. Articulates milestones and variations in student development in the cognitive, physical, linguistic, social, affective, and moral domains and how they impact student learning.

  2. Understands assessment instruments and practices, the relationship between assessment and instruction, and how to use assessment data to plan and adapt effective learning experiences and monitor student progress.

  3. Creates developmentally appropriate learning goals, objectives and strategies in a safe and inclusive learning environment to ensure the engagement and success of all students, including students who are English Language Learners and students with excepti

  4. Defines roles and expectations for professional educators, strategies for self-reflection and continuous professional growth, and identifies methods to establish effective partnerships and collaborations with families, colleagues, and the community.

  5. Understands the principles of number sense and operations, algebra and functions, measurement and geometry, and statistics, probability and discrete mathematics.

Social Sciences

  1. Articulates milestones and variations in student development in the cognitive, physical, linguistic, social, affective, and moral domains and how they impact student learning.

  2. Understands assessment instruments and practices, the relationship between assessment and instruction, and how to use assessment data to plan and adapt effective learning experiences and monitor student progress.

  3. Creates developmentally appropriate learning goals, objectives and strategies in a safe and inclusive learning environment to ensure the engagement and success of all students, including students who are English Language Learners and students with excepti

  4. Defines roles and expectations for professional educators, strategies for self-reflection and continuous professional growth, and identifies methods to establish effective partnerships and collaborations with families, colleagues, and the community.

  5. Understands historical, geographic, and political science, terms, sources, perspective, and research skills.

  6. Understands major developments across world history and US history, including government structures, physical features, physical systems, and the interaction between environment and human societies.

  7. Understands basic economics, macroeconomics, and international economics.

Undergraduate Studies Admission Requirements

Each applicant seeking admission to Urbana University is individually evaluated. Factors considered are past academic achievement, aptitude, extracurricular activities, and any additional evidence supporting the prospect of academic success.

To qualify for admission, applicants seeking an associate’s or bachelor’s degree must present evidence of high school completion and a required minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale, in the form of a high school diploma or GED. Careful consideration is given to the applicant’s academic record to include the curriculum, courses, and/or state mandated graduation tests.

Satisfactory completion of a college preparatory curriculum is expected, which includes a minimum of four units of English, three units of mathematics, two units of science, two units of social science, one additional unit in English, mathematics or science, and four additional elective units, for a total of 16 or more units. Should the applicant’s preparation differ from the recommendation above, the applicant may be asked to supply additional information for review.

Results from standardized testing (either ACT or SAT) are required for those under 21 years of age. Students who wish to apply for admission, but do not meet the minimum ACT score or high school cumulative GPA requirements listed below, may request consideration by the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee.

Undergraduate Admission Requirements/Materials:

  • Completed undergraduate application
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Official high school transcript with a required minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale
  • Standardized test results (if younger than 21 years old)
    • Minimum ACT score: 17
    • Minimum SAT score: 830

At any time the University may require an applicant to meet with the Admissions Committee to address questions that arise in the application review process. If an applicant requests transfer credit, official transcripts from any other regionally accredited institution are required.

Program Specific Admission Requirements

Students who wish to enroll in one of Urbana's teacher education programs are considered pre-education majors until they are approved for admission to the Department of Education and declare their program major. All students admitted to Urbana University may apply for admission to the Department of Education. Pre-education students are required to apply and be admitted into the Department of Education in order to complete the program.
 
All teacher education program policies, procedures, and deadlines must be followed and met by teacher candidates in order to be considered for admission to the programs, retained in the programs, and receive the University's recommendation for licensure. Consult the Department of Education section of the Academic Catalog for complete information about the requirements for admission to teacher education undergraduate programs.

 

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