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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.


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

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 or bachelor's degree must present evidence of high school completion in the form of a high school diploma or GED. Careful consideration is given to the applicants academic record to include the curriculum, courses, and/or state mandated graduation tests. Results from standardized testing (either ACT or SAT) are required for first-time freshmen. Students who wish to apply for admission, but do not meet the minimum standardized test scores used for placement in University courses may be required to undergo placement testing.

Undergraduate admission requirements and materials:

A student who meets at least one of the following criteria is eligible for admission as a degree-seeking student:

  • Has provided official documentation of graduation from an accredited high school or its equivalent (see documentation required below), or
  • Has an associate, bachelor or master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, an institution recognized as a candidate for accreditation, or an institution recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation

Documentation required:

1. Documentation of high school graduation or equivalence is required for applicants who are transferring fewer than 24 semester hours that apply towards a degree.

2. If the student has transferable hours of 24 credit hours or more from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, then they will not have to provide a high school diploma or equivalence. Acceptable forms of documentation of high school graduation or high school equivalence for undergraduate admission must include one of the following:

  • Official high school transcript listing the date of graduation
  • Official GED certificate
  • Official documentation of having passed a State High School Equivalency examination
  • Official documentation of a home school completion certificate/transcript
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions (college, universities, professional schools, etc.) attended

3. Any applicant seeking to be a first-time freshman undergraduate degree-seeking students at Urbana University must supply standardized test scores (ACT SAT) to be used for placement in courses., to determine athletic eligibility, and/or determine institutional scholarship qualification.

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.

About the Education Programs

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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