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Bachelor of Arts in Middle Childhood Education

About the B.A. in Middle Childhood Education Degree

Cedarville’s distinctly Christian, accredited middle childhood education major will train you to teach grades 4–9 in Christian or public schools. You will choose two out of our four areas of concentration: science, math, social studies, and English. When you graduate, you will be prepared to enter the 21st century classroom as a compassionate, Christian teacher, ready to impact your students for Christ.

Why Study Middle Childhood Education at Cedarville?

Middle Childhood Education Program Highlights

Hands-on learning — You will take part in field experiences in nearby schools to help you integrate what you’re learning in your coursework with practical experience.

Thorough focus — You will be taught effective teaching skills to meet the needs of the 21st century student.

Student teaching options — You can choose to complete your student teaching experience locally in Christian and public schools or in a foreign country approved by the School of Education.

Changing lives — We believe that a degree in education is the opportunity to change lives for the Kingdom of God and at Cedarville, you’ll find plenty of ways to pursue your passion and hone your teaching skills: tutoring local students, teaching in area ministries, and educating diverse communities.

Diverse — You will have field experiences or clinical practice for both conventional and distance learning programs that provide experiences with male and female grade 4–9 students from different socioeconomic groups and ethnic/racial groups. You will also work with English language learners and students with disabilities during some of your field experiences and/or clinical practice to develop and practice your knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions for working with all students.

What Can I Do With Middle Childhood Education?

  • Our teacher candidates are known for their quality of education, commitment to the field of education, and diversified experiences that prepare them for teaching in the classroom. Cedarville Education graduates are teaching all around the world in public, private, Christian, urban, international, and mission schools!
  • Testing Success! Every teacher candidate is required to complete licensure exams in order to be a licensed teacher in the state of Ohio. Teacher candidates at Cedarville University are well prepared for these exams, as evidenced by exam pass rates found at this link.
  • As a graduate of the Teacher Education Program at Cedarville University, you are eligible to receive two teaching certifications. Our accreditation status enables you to receive a state of Ohio teaching license in your field of study that is transferable to any state in the U.S. You are also eligible to apply for an Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) certificate, which is nationally recognized among Christian schools and does not require state-to-state transfer.

Opportunities to Learn Outside the Classroom

Your coursework will be complemented by the following opportunities as you complete your early childhood education degree.

Field experiences early and often! — The School of Education believes that our teacher candidates should have many hands-on experiences in schools. That is why you will engage in local school settings during your first year as a teacher candidate at Cedarville University and will continue to experience teaching within a school setting each year of your teacher training at Cedarville. By the time you graduate, you will have completed more than 600 hours in classroom experiences!

Student Education Association (SEA) — Cedarville's education student organization is a Christ-centered community built on equipping teachers to serve each other and those around them. Throughout the year, you will participate in professional growth events, ministry opportunities, and fun activities. You will also have ministry opportunities through the adopt-a-senior program, the birthday ministry, breakfast for teachers, and other ministries. Any education major is welcome!

Partnership Programs — These programs allow you to be part of field experience and classroom learning within one of the schools in nearby participating school districts. You will learn teaching strategies and practices from Cedarville University professors while engaging those practices and theories in real classrooms with real students and teachers.

Cross-cultural experiences/classes in Ireland — The School of Education routinely explores new cross-cultural experiences for teacher candidates to diversify their field experiences. Periodically, faculty lead a group of teacher candidates to Ireland to complete core teaching courses in another culture. As part of this three-week adventure, you will earn credit for your courses, observe classrooms and the education system in another country, and have one-on-one opportunities to minister to the people of Ireland.

Overseas student teaching program — You may choose to complete your student-teaching experience overseas. This experience occurs as the final semester of your study as a teacher candidate at Cedarville University. You will spend approximately 16 weeks overseas in an English-speaking school. The School of Education of Cedarville University works with CCTECC to coordinate an overseas experience for teacher candidates who wish to complete their student teaching internship abroad. You may choose to go to almost any country in the world and will receive specialized training for this experience.

Recent teacher candidates have completed their Overseas Student Teaching Program in the following locations:

  • Australia
  • China
  • Columbia
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Hungary
  • Kenya
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Nepal
  • New Zealand
  • Niger
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • South Africa

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Excellence Leads Alumna to Bring Daughter to CU

Alumna Cathy Exline values her Cedarville primary (P-5) education experience so much that she is excited to have her daughter pursue a teaching degree at Cedarville as well.

Placement Success

We’re proud of our successful graduates! 100% of recent graduates from the School of Education were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation. Check out Cedarville’s other placement rates.

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Dr. Dan DeWitt, Cedarville University’s director of the Center for Biblical Apologetics and Public Christianity and associate professor of applied theology and apologetics, will debut his third children’s book this fall.
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Prayer Service for Racial Unity

The prayer service for racial unity will be August 18 at 10 a.m. around Cedar Lake and will be livestreamed on Cedarville’s Facebook page and at cedarville.edu/chapellive.
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The dedication of the new facility will take place at 2 p.m. on the Saturday of Getting Started Weekend.

Caring Well. Staying Well. Operating Plan

The 26-page comprehensive guide outlines Cedarville’s strategies and protocols for living, learning, and working in community during this academic year.

Program Faculty

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Dave Leitch, J.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Special Education

  • Location WI 115
  • Phone 937-766-6135
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Ruth Sylvester, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Education

  • Location WI 118
  • Phone 937-766-7625
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Middle Childhood Education Program Curriculum

Building on your general education liberal arts and Bible minor courses, you will take education foundations and methods courses, leading to a semester-long student teaching experience.

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Sample courses:
  • Faith and Learning Alignment
  • Principles of Teaching Middle School
View Curriculum Plan and Catalog