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Middle School Education Soc Studies & Nat Sci
The middle childhood education social studies and natural science program at the University of Cincinnati is dedicated to improving the educational experiences of children in grades four through nine, with a special commitment to urban education. The program’s central goal is the preparation of outstanding teachers who are:
- qualified to meet the unique intellectual, social and emotional needs of children in middle childhood
- reflective and responsible professionals who demonstrate an inquiry orientation toward teaching and professional development
- committed to working with children who are diverse in learning style, ethnicity, language, gender, age, class, physical and intellectual achievement and family background
- experienced in thinking critically, solving problems and working collaboratively with children, families and other professionals
- knowledgeable about disciplinary subject fields, curriculum integration and technology
Candidates in the middle childhood education social studies and natural science program complete a bachelor of science degree and an internship. After passing the appropriate Ohio Assessments for Educators exams, candidates are eligible to apply for an initial State of Ohio teaching license, which licenses them to teach language arts and social studies.
Real-World Learning ComponentsRequired teaching experience
ACT21.0 - 25.0
SAT970 - 1110
DepartmentMiddle Childhood Education
College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services
Contact361 Dyer Hall
Student Success Factors
Successful candidates are those who:
- know how young adolescents learn and develop
- can articulate the central concepts, tools of inquiry and the structures of their discipline
- collaborate effectively with others to develop their own professional competence
- demonstrate leadership through family and community involvement
- address issues of diversity with equity
- use technology to support their practice
- use assessment to inform their classroom practices
- demonstrate pedagogical and philosophical knowledge of the middle school concept
- embrace the intent of the program through learning situations within an urban environment
- exhibit responsible, caring, fair and honest behavior
- are committed to social justice
Graduates of the middle childhood education social studies and natural science program may teach in public or private schools. The middle childhood license allows teachers to teach two licensure areas in grades four through nine. There are additional endorsements that allow teachers to teach in either or both of the additional licensure areas for grades four through six. Graduates of the middle childhood program usually elect to teach in Ohio, but graduates teach across the nation.
Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.
Advancement in the program consists of a two-step process. The first step is admission to the UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH) as an education student. The second step involves admission into the professional cohort, which occurs during the second year (i.e., sophomore status or its equivalent). For more information about the cohort selection process and criteria, please contact an academic advisor. During year two, education students who meet requirements for advancing in the program must attend a mandatory information meeting during fall semester and submit a completed application for admission to the middle childhood education professional cohort that begins the following fall semester. Enrollment is limited; admission is competitive. Once admitted into the cohort, students take their professional education courses and student teaching experiences.
Upon successful completion of the undergraduate program requirements, students earn a baccalaureate degree from the UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH). After successful completion of the licensure program and passing state-required licensure exams, candidates are eligible to apply for an appropriate State of Ohio teaching license.
The middle childhood education program consists of both an undergraduate and graduate program that prepares candidates for teaching young adolescents in grades four through nine. Candidates can also earn licensure while pursuing a master’s degree in middle childhood education. Licensure, while connected to the master’s degree program, can be completed prior to the master’s degree depending on the candidate’s scheduling of course work. The middle childhood education program also offers a master’s degree in middle childhood education for those who have already obtained licensure.
These tools assist students to identify course requirements and individual progress toward completion of academic programs. It is important to utilize these resources with personalized guidance from a UC academic advisor regularly to ensure timely graduation..My Degree Audit - for confirmed and current students
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Curriculum Guide Versions:
Middle School Social Studies and Natural Science Curriculum
- Fall (Year 1)
- ENGL1001, English Composition, EC, 3
- SPED1001, Individuals with Exceptionalities, DC, SE, 3
- EDST1001, Introduction to Education, DC, HP, 3
- HISTxxxx, Student will select HIST1001 or HIST1002., 3
- GEOGxxxx, Student will select a Geography Directed Elective., 3
- Spring (Year 1)
- CI1001, Educational Technology, TI, 3
- EDST1002, Educational Psychology, SS, 3
- XXXXxxxx, Student will select HPE2071 or STAT1034 or MATH1008, or Math1021., 3
- HISTxxxx, Student will select HIST1003 or HIST1004., 3
- HISTxxxx, Student will select a History/Diversity Directed Elective., 3
- Summer (Year 1)
- Fall (Year 2)
- EDST2003, Pre-Adolescent through Adolescent Development, SS, 3
- BIOL1021, How Life Works: Introductory Biology I, NS, 3
- PHYS1017, How Things Work: From Roller Coasters to Superconductors, TI, NS, 3
- GEOL1003, Physical Geology, NS, 3
- GEOL1003L, Physical Geology Laboratory, NS, 1
- CHEM1010, Chemistry in Today's Society I, NS, 3
- CHEM1010L, Chemistry in Todays Society Lab I, NS, 1
- Spring (Year 2)
- ECED2003, Microeconomic Principles for Teachers, SS, 3
- CHEM1011, Chemistry in Today's Society II, NS, 3
- ENGL2089, Intermediate Composition, EC, 3
- MDL2001, Introduction to Middle School Field Experience, 1
- CI3003, Teaching and Learning in Diverse Classrooms, 3
- BIOL1081L, Biology I Laboratory, NS, 1
- BIOL1022, Introductory Biology II: Life on Earth, Organism to Ecosystem, NS, 3
- Summer (Year 2)
- Fall (Year 3)
- LSLS3020, Foundations and Assessment of Literacy for Middle Grades, 4
- LSLS3021, Reading Instruction Using Literature in Middle Grades , 3
- MDL4003, Middle School Social Studies Methods I, 3
- MDL4015, Middle Childhood Education Assessment and Evaluation, 3
- POLxxxx, Student will select a Political Sciene course from: POL 1040,1080,2021,2040,2045,2069,2081,2084,2085,2088,2089., 3
- Spring (Year 3)
- LSLS2006, Phonics Theory & Practice: Middle Childhood and Special Education, 3
- MDL4000, Middle Childhood Education Field Practicum I, 1 - 9
- MDL4009, Middle School Social Studies Methods II, 3
- SPED2001, Overview and Special Education Law, 3
- MDL4001, Middle School Natural Science Methods I, 3
- XXXXxxxx, Student will select a Sociology/Anthropology Elective., 3
- Summer (Year 3)
- Fall (Year 4)
- LSLS4024, Disciplinary Literacy in the Middle School, 3
- MDL4002, Classroom Management: Middle Childhood, 3
- PHYS1020, Astronomy: The Solar System, NS, 3
- MDL4010, Middle Childhood Education Field Practicum II, 1 - 9
- MDL4008, Middle School Natural Science Methods II, 3
- Spring (Year 4)
- MDL5080, Middle Childhood Education Organization and Practice Capstone , 3
- MDL4110, Middle Childhood Education Student Teaching, 1 - 12
- Summer (Year 4)
- History/Diversity Directed Elective
- HIST1007, Middle Eastern History I, DC, HP, 3
- HIST1009, Latin American HistoryI, DC, HP, 3
- HIST2013, African American History before 1861, DC, HP, 3
- HIST2014, African American History 1861-present, DC, HP, 3
- HIST2016, History of Modern Mexico, DC, HP, 3
- HIST2055, American Women's History to 1890, HP, 3
- HIST2056, U.S. Women's History 1890 to the Present, HP, 3
- Geography Directed Elective
- GEOG1001, Introduction to Physical Geography, SE, NS, 3
- GEOG1004, Introduction to Human Geography, DC, SS, 3
- GEOG1005, Human Geography in Action, DC, SS, 3
- GEOG1021, World Regional Geography, DC, SS, 3
- Sociology and Anthropology Directed Elective
- ANTH1000, Introduction to Anthropology, DC, SS, 3
- ANTH1001, Cultural Anthropology, DC, SS, 3
- SOC1001, Introduction to Sociology, SS, 3
- SOC1002, Introduction to Social Inequality, DC, SE, 3
- SOC2043, Contemporary Social Problems, SE, SS, 3
UC Advantages and Special Opportunities
Formed as the Teachers College in 1905, the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services continually merits local, state and national recognition. Recent commendations include:
- accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the organization responsible for professional accreditation of teacher education
- a 65th ranking in U.S. News & World Report
- the Best Practice Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)
- consistently high scores by candidates on state mandated licensure exams
In addition, the middle childhood education program provides small classes, talented faculty in each discipline and extensive field clinical experiences in urban and suburban schools.
Future Educators of America (FEA)
UC’s FEA chapter is dedicated to fostering the love of teaching, examining the reality of teaching and promoting the rewards of teaching. FEA is open to all UC students; however, our main focus is to offer a path for teacher education students to stay connected to their college and to their future profession. Members have the opportunity to work with children and young adults in local schools and FEA chapters.
Kappa Delta Pi (KDP)
Kappa Delta Pi is a prestigious international honor society that recognizes scholarship and excellence in the field of education. Members must have a college GPA of at least 3.0 for undergraduate students or 3.25 for graduate students. KDP members work on several volunteer activities that focus on education. Some of the benefits of being a member of KDP include annual scholarships, professional development, a nationwide job database and access to the ideas, research, insights and expertise of internationally renowned educators.
Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC)
SCEC is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities and gifted children, as well as those typically developing. If you are committed to children, focused on becoming the best educator and want to meet new people, then SCEC is for you! Membership dues permit you to receive professional development opportunities, journals and newsletters with new research and classroom practices and the opportunity to attend conventions and conferences.
Students for the Education of Young Children (SEYC)
SEYC helps students prepare to enter the teaching profession as early childhood educators. It provides opportunities to network with other professionals and members of the Cincinnati Association for the Education of Young Children (CAEYC) and its state and national affiliated groups. Students provide outreach to centers/schools (preschool through grade three), participate in service projects, and contribute to CAEYC activities such as Week of the Young Child, annual conference, and community lecture series. Students presented at the 2005 NAEYC conference in Washington, DC. Past members welcome and mentor all new students
The purposes of the CECH Tribunal are to ensure that the interests of the students of the college are voiced and to provide student representation on behalf of all undergraduate students in CECH where representation is warranted. Also, the tribunal organizes programs and social events for students of the college.
Student Ambassador Program
The Student Ambassador program represents CECH at the University of Cincinnati by assisting with the recruitment and retention of students in the college. CECH student ambassadors provide a valuable service by representing the student perspective of university life to prospective and new students. Ambassadors also represent the college at numerous collegiate functions, professional events and key promotional events. Being selected as a CECH student ambassador is an honor that reflects academic rigor and a commitment to the fields of education, health promotion and education and criminal justice.
Freshmen applicants, please visit the Admission Requirements page for more information.
Transferring to UC Requirements
Admission to this program is generally available for students transferring to the University of Cincinnati if they were admissible directly from high school and have a 2.8 cumulative GPA (all prior institutions combined).
Students who were NOT admissible directly from high school must have:
- 24 semester (36 quarter) hours earned
- at least a 2.8 cumulative GPA (all prior institutions combined)
Changing Majors Within UC
Admission to this program is generally available for University of Cincinnati students enrolled in other colleges of the University of Cincinnati if they were admissible directly from high school and have a 2.8 cumulative GPA (UC and any prior institutions combined).
Students who were NOT admissible directly from high school must have:
- 24 semester (36 quarter) hours earned
- at least a 2.8 cumulative GPA (UC and any prior institutions combined)
Current UC students wishing to transfer into the program should contact the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services at 513-556-2336.
International Student Requirements
International students should contact the University of Cincinnati's Office of Admission for details. 513-556-1100
In order to graduate from the UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, a student must:
- Complete all required course work and program requirements.
- Obtain at least a 2.8 cumulative grade point average, with a 2.6 GPA in both content areas.
- Be in good academic standing; that is, not on academic or disciplinary probation or suspension.
- Meet the college's residency requirement of 30 semester credit hours.
- File formal application for the degree by the posted semester of graduation deadline.
- Application Deadline: Feb. 1*
- Confirmation Deadline: May 1
* Your application must be complete by this date in order to be considered for scholarships and the Honors Program.
- Application Deadline: July 1
- Confirmation Deadline: Aug. 1
Freshmen and Transfers:
- Application Deadline: Nov. 1
- Confirmation Deadline: Dec. 1
Freshmen and Transfers:
- Application Deadline: March 1
- Confirmation Deadline: April 1
The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
The educator preparation programs at the University of Cincinnati are accredited by theCouncil for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).