Middle Childhood License (4-9) Major

Ohio Wesleyan's interest in the modern concept of middle childhood education goes back to 1974 when OWU served as the host site of the first annual meeting of the Ohio Middle School Association.  The middle childhood teacher preparation program at Ohio Wesleyan develops the intellectual, personal, and professional competencies, skills, and dispositions necessary to teach students in grades 4-9 by requiring preservice teachers to successfully complete general liberal arts courses and professional education courses. In addition, preservice teachers acquire in-depth knowledge in two disciplines, which are broad, multidisciplinary, and encompass the major areas of study within those disciplines.  The purpose of the program is to develop competent, committed, professional preservice middle school teachers for a diverse, democratic society who understand young adolescent development, middle level curriculum, teaching and assessment, and the organization and philosophy of middle schools.

While preservice teachers are pursuing their general liberal arts education, they also begin to construct knowledge specific to their licensure program.  Prior to acceptance into the Teacher Education Program (TEP), the preservice teachers, through social and psychological foundations courses, develop an understanding of the social, intellectual, and psychological foundations of schools as multi-dimensional social institutions, of learners as complex developing individuals, and of teaching as an intellectual endeavor.  In addition, preservice teachers develop their understanding of the latest research on teaching and learning.  Once preservice teachers are accepted into the TEP, they continue their professional studies by taking courses specific to the middle level licensure.  The pedagogical component of middle level teacher education program consists of generic middle level pedagogy and content specific pedagogy for each concentration area. 

The department believes that an in-depth knowledge of content is essential for a successful teacher.  To provide flexibility and further enhance the teacher's grasp of the interdisciplinary nature of knowledge, two areas of concentration are required.  Such concentrated study complements the knowledge in general studies by providing a specialized understanding of two disciplines, allowing them to perceive how two particular bodies of knowledge are organized and conceptualized.  It is expected that teachers will develop an enthusiasm for the disciplines which they, in turn, will convey to young adolescents.  Areas of concentration may be chosen from language arts, mathematics, science, or social studies. 

The department believes that education course content is most relevant to preservice teachers when they can see its immediate application; therefore, each course is complemented by opportunities to work directly with the community and/or young adolescents.  Pedagogy is made relevant by application in planned field and student teaching experiences in middle level classrooms.

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