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Fall 2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
Fall 2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Middle Childhood Education, BSED

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BGSU teacher education programs are highly competitive and require additional admission and graduation criteria. These requirements include, evidence of proficiency on a nationally normed achievement assessment (ACT, SAT, PRAXIS core), professional disposition reviews, an overall grade point average of 3.0, and passing scores for all required Ohio Assessments for Educators examinations in each content area required by the State of Ohio. Candidates in this program will also be required to obtain annual BCI/FBI checks in order to participate in required field experiences.

Middle Childhood Education is a highly competitive, four-and-a-half year program that requires meeting additional criteria beyond the state minimum. Admission to BGSU’s Middle Childhood Education program entails the accumulation of at least 45 credit hours, completion of Year 1 education courses, WRIT 1120 , HDFS 1930  or PSYC 1010 , EDTL 2020 , EDIS 2310 , and EDFI 3030 , with a “C” or better, and an overall GPA of 3.0. Applicants must also submit a writing sample, as well as demonstration of positive dispositions, with possible participation in an interview with faculty. Eligibility for at least one junior-level course, notably EDTL 3400 - Instruction and Differentiation in Middle and High School Classrooms , and the methods block in the senior “professional” year, requires a 3.0 cumulative GPA, plus a minimum 2.8 GPA in each area of academic specialization.

Graduates completing the middle childhood major meeting these requirements may then apply for Ohio’s four-year Resident Educator license, which permits teaching their specialization areas in grades 4-9.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in teacher education programs are expected to:

  • Apply theories of human development and learning to their teaching through the design of lessons and units of instruction.
  • Plan, implement and assess instructional strategies.
  • Exhibit professional and ethical behavior when working with students, their parents, other educators and community members.

Select two of the following specializations:

  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Social studies
  • Reading and language arts

BG Perspective (BGP) Requirements

Must complete at least 1 course in each of the following:

   English Composition and Oral Communication
   _____________________________    ________

   Quantitative Literacy
   _____________________________    ________

Must Complete at least 2 courses in each of the following:

   Humanities and the Arts
   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________    

   Natural Sciences - at least one Lab Science required
   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________                                                                                      

   Social and Behavioral Sciences
   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________                                                                        

Complete total required BGP credit hours by selecting courses from any of the above categories:

   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________                                                                                    

University Requirements

Designated courses in Humanities and the Arts and the Social and Behavioral Sciences domains may be used to fulfill both the BGP requirement and one of the following university requirements:

Cultural Diversity in the US    ____________
International Perspective       ____________

Composition Requirement:
WRIT 1120                              

Total BGP Credits: Must be at least 36                      

Curriculum Content

(6-7 Hours)

Transfer grades appearing on degree audit will be calculated for methods eligibility.

Undergraduate students and degree holders seeking initial licensure must meet all specified requirements, including satisfactory completion of OAE Exams. 

Professional Education

(41-44 Hours) (Take blocked courses concurrently. “C” or higher required in all Professional Ed courses.)

Year III: How Do I Teach So All Students Can Learn?

**Required for all concentrations except Language Arts 

Year IV: The Professional Year: “Who Am I as a Teacher?”

Middle Childhood Concentration Areas - Must Select Two Areas

Concentration: Social Studies

(24 Hours)


The chart below indicates Benchmarks required for admission to the MCE Program, Block 1 (spring of Junior year), Block 2 (fall of Senior year), Student Teaching, and Graduation.

Benchmarks for
“C” or better
in classes
Content course
work completed
for Educators
3.0 N/A EDTL 2010 
EDTL 2300 
(Content 1)
(Content 2)
PSYC 1010 
WRIT 1120 
EDTL 2020 
EDFI 3020 
EDIS 2310 
EDFI 2980 /EDFI 2990  
45 semester hours N/A N/A N/A
Methods Block 1
3.0 2.8 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Methods Block 2
3.0 2.8 EDTL 3400 
EDTL 3021 
EDTL 4200  
90 semester
90% of content
Pass OAE(s) or
taken at least 2
times by July 1
3.0 2.8 EDTL 4920 
EDTL 4930  
100 semester
N/A Pass OAE(s) by
N/A N/A Senior
Student Teaching
N/A 100% of content
N/A Complete

Additional Policies

  1. Transfer Students must complete 15 semester hours at BGSU prior to program admission.
  2. BCI/FBI background checks must be renewed annually and sent directly to the Office of Education Preparation and Partnerships by July 1.
  3. No courses in “Professional Education” may be taken S/U, and no more than one course in “Content for Teaching Specialty” may be taken S/U.

General Advice for Success

  1. Monitor your GPA regularly using your degree audit.
  2. Meet with your academic advisor at least once per semester to ensure you are on track. If you have difficulty connecting with your advisor, contact the Program Coordinator.
  3. Read course descriptions on the BG web page under “Academics.” These descriptions list the courses that are prerequisites for subsequent classes, the GPA required, whether the course includes a field experience, etc.
  4. Freshman and Sophomore Years:
    1. Prioritize coursework and studying.
    2. Complete 1000 & 2000-level classes, along with major content courses. These are prerequisites for other courses you will need.
    3. Education Psychology is a prerequisite for program admission, EDTL 3400, and several upper-level classes, as shown in the table.

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