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The goal of the BSEd in Middle Childhood Education is to provide a strong academic, using constructivist learning to become quality educators who are committed to professional excellence and who positively impact fourth - ninth grade student learning. This program prepares teachers for fourth through ninth grade.

This degree program is available in the following format:

Explore the full enrichment of the traditional collegiate experience and make new friends on our lively campus in Circleville Ohio. Serves 17-24 year-old undergraduate students.

MAJOR79-96 Hours

Education Core40
    Technologies available for classroom use and their adaptations to the promotion of learning, including the potential and the limitations of computers as tools for teachers.
    Fee: $139 (Professional Assessment Fee)
    This course is a prerequisite for entry into an education degree program. Introduction to principles and philosophy of education in public and Christian schools.
    Prerequisites: Composite ACT 21 or higher, or pass Praxis Core; Successful completion of 15 semester hours of college work; FBI & BCI background checks; Corequisite: EDU2031
    60 clock-hour field experience corequisite for EDU2030
    NCTM standards and the Ohio Learning Standards for Mathematics, pedagogy, assessment procedures, and materials for teaching mathematics in the intermediate grades. Numbers, number sense, and operations; measurement; geometry; expressions, equations, and functions; probability; statistics; and data analysis. Problem-solving using Standards for Mathematical Practice to understand mathematical concepts.
    Prerequisite: EDU2030; Corequisite: EDU2141
    40 clock-hour field experience corequisite for EDU2140
    Theory and practice for teaching students of diverse cultures.
    Prerequisites: EDU2030
    Methods for teaching students with exceptional attributes, including giftedness, behavioral difficulties, developmental delays, and English language learners.
    Prerequisite: EDU2030
    Psychological perspectives of education as applied to classroom procedures. Essential preparation for Ohio Assessments for Educators dealing with principles of learning and teaching.
    Prerequisites: EDU2030; Junior standing Fee: $105
    Seminar corequisite for EDU499 Clinical Experience
    Corequisite: EDU4990 Fee: $300
    This culminating field experience provides teacher candidates a semester (13 weeks minimum) of classroom experience with a gradual assumption of responsibility across the semester. Teacher candidates must apply to student teach and successfully complete a reflective essay to participate in this gateway to the profession. Students may take no other courses during this experience except the traditional exit course, Theology Capstone.
    Prerequisite: Completion of other program requirements Course Fee for study outside the U.S.: $2000
    Introduction to logic and ethics including methodologies for applying those disciplines in Christian ministry and other vocations. Induction and deduction, principles of clean statement and valid reasoning, and fallacies. Moral theories of philosophical schools and their relationship to the development of a biblical ethic.
    Developmental theory regarding physical changes, cognitive development, identity, and gender and sexual concepts and cultural influence and moral development.
Ohio Department of Education Reading Core12
    The English phonological cueing system and its use in a balanced literacy program. Emphasis on helping young students develop word analysis strategies for reading, spelling, and syllabication.
    Prerequisite: EDU2030 Fee: $139
    Integrating the language processes, especially reading and writing, into in all early and middle childhood subject areas, and developing an understanding of instructional strategies that facilitate a learner’s interaction with text.
    Prerequisite: EDU2030
    Literacy development for middle grade learners, including knowledge of the learner, reading-writing process, knowledge of instructional strategies, instructional decision making, instructional materials, and environments for literacy learning.
    Prerequisite: EDU2140; Corequisite: EDU3261
    40 clock-hour field experience corequisite for EDU3260
    Selection and instruction of literature for the middle childhood student for fostering a lifelong love of reading. Collaborative development of reading comprehension strategies, critical thinking, aesthetic appreciation of literature, communication skills, and extend writing skills.
    Prerequisite: EDU3260 Fee: $210
    EDU3351 Teaching Reading with Literature for Middle Childhood Field Experience0

*These courses (6 hours) may be applied to GenEd requirements as noted.

Concentrations 27-44

Candidates choose two concentrations.

Also Available:

See course requirements for this endorsement.



    Examination of quality adolescent literature in the context of current issues, including censorship, multiculturalism, approaches to reading, the relation of adolescent literature to classic literature, and the integration of adolescent literature into thematic units.
    ENG Literature elective3

Science, Math, and Humanities courses in this concentration may also be used to satisfy appropriate GenEd requirements.


  • An introduction to basic psychological research techniques and methodology including collecting, organizing, and analyzing psychological data for quantitative research, and an introduction to statistical reasoning with a focus on fundamental concepts and statistical methods for psychological research. (Recommendation: prior college level math course)
  • Rational expressions, systems of linear equations and inequalities, radicals and exponents, quadric functions, conic sections, and exponential functions. Students must have foundational knowledge of linear equations and polynomials.
    Prerequisite: MAT0960 or ACT math score of 19 or higher
  • Pre-calculus algebra, including equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, conic sections, sequences, series, and probability.
    Prerequisite: MAT1310 or ACT math score of 22 or higher
  • Limits and the development of the derivative, including basic techniques of differentiation and an introduction to integration, with applications including rates of change, optimization problems, and curve sketching using a variety of functions (polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, etc.).
    Prerequisite: MAT1520 or ACT math score of 24 or higher
  • Axiomatic development of Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometric concepts.
    Prerequisite: MAT1520 or ACT math score of 24 or higher
  • Discrete (as opposed to continuous) mathematical topics, including modular arithmetic, logic, algorithms, graph theory, and related concepts.
    Prerequisite: MAT1310 or ACT math score of 24 or higher

Science, Math, and Humanities courses in this concentration may also be used to satisfy appropriate GenEd requirements.


  • Major concepts of biology, emphasizing cell structure and function, heredity, plant and animal organization, taxonomy, and ecology.
    Corequisite: BIO1011
  • Weekly laboratory activity for BIO1010.
    Corequisite: BIO1010 Lab fee: $25
  • Basic concepts of chemistry including the scientific method, metric system, structure of atoms, the periodic table, chemical bonds, mole concept, chemical calculations, states of matter, gas laws, solutions, acids, bases and salts, oxidation/reduction reactions, reaction rates, chemical equilibrium, and nuclear chemistry.
    Corequisite: CHE1061
  • Weekly laboratory activity for CHE1060.
    Corequisite: CHE1060 Lab fee: $25
  • Strategies and techniques, including the use of technology, for teaching science in a constructivist format while providing for student’s individual differences. Weekly laboratory activity.
    Prerequisite: EDU2030
  • 40 clock-hour field experience corequisite for EDU4280
  • A study of earth science including physical and historical geology, meteorology, descriptive astronomy, and the economic, social, and philosophic aspects of the subject matter in a biblical perspective.
  • Weekly laboratory activity for AST2010
    Corequisite: GEO1010 Lab fee: $25
  • Basic concepts of physics, chemistry, and astronomy. Logical and philosophical development of the concepts and their application to the understanding of the physical universe. Laboratory application of scientific method and measurement in scientific investigation. Lab
    fee: $25
  • Weekly laboratory activity for PHS1010.
    Corequisite: PHS1010 Lab fee: $25
  • Fundamental principles and processes of the physical world, using algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. Introduction and application of mechanics, gases, liquids and solids, heat, vibrations and waves, light, electricity, and magnetism. Weekly laboratory activity.
    Prerequisite: MAT1310 or higher Lab fee: $25
  • Weekly laboratory activity for PHS2060.
    Corequisite: PHS2060 Lab fee: $25

Science, Math, and Humanities courses in this concentration may also be used to satisfy appropriate GenEd requirements.


*Please note: this course is typically offered only in May

    Introduction to the institutions and processes of American government (the Constitution, Congress, Presidency, Courts, etc.) within a Biblical worldview.
Choose one of the following:
    Western Civilization from the Ancient Age through the Medieval Age with a focus on the development of societies, ideas, politics, and people.
    Western Civilization through the Modern and Postmodern Age, focusing on the development of societies, ideas, politics, and people.

Science, Math, and Humanities courses in this concentration may also be used to satisfy appropriate GenEd requirements.