MCED Curriculum

Students can complete the entire Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.E.) degree in Middle Childhood Education (MCED) at the Kent State University Geauga Campus (Burton).  

All students pursuing a teacher education degree program are required to complete the following four (4) classes with a minimum grade of a "C" (2.0).

  • CULT 29535 - Education in a Democratic Society
  • EPSY 29525 - Educational Psychology
  • SPED 23000 - Introduction to Exceptionalities

MCED students select two of the following concentration areas; Reading/Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, or Mathematics.  This allows the individual to teach in those two subject areas upon the successful completion of the B.S.E. and successful passage of the state license exams.  A minimum grade of "C" (2.0) is required in all concentration courses.

Students interested in gaining licensure to teach all of the above concentration areas in grades 4-6 are encouraged to complete coursework towards the 4-6 State of Ohio Middle Childhood Generalist License.  These additional courses are required to seek an Ohio 4-6 Generalist License, but are not required for graduation.  In addition to completing the coursework, students will be required to pass specific concentration area assessments in order to apply for the generalist license.  Students interested in this opportunity should review the 4-6 Generalist License course and application requirements.

Advanced Study

Admission to Advanced Study is selective and occurs towards the end of the sophomore year.  The faculty coordinator, Dr. Robin Dever, will review individual student files and select the most qualified applicants based on the following criteria:

  • 2.75 minimum cumulative grade point average
  • "C" grade or higher in concentration coursework, Early Adolescence, Education in a Democratic Society, College Writing I and II, Math Concepts I and II, and one additional professional course (EPSY 29525 or SPED 23000)
  • Satisfactory grade in MCED 20000 - Learning and Experience in Middle Childhood Education 
  • Satisfactory rating (S) on the Faculty Interview

Advanced Study Block II is completed during the Fall Semester and Block III is completed during the Spring Semester.  All Kent Core, content area, and professional (education) coursework must be completed prior to Student Teaching.

Student Teaching

Student teaching is the final experience in a student's teacher education program.  Pre-service teachers have opportunities to observe in-service teachers, apply knowledge learned during the undergraduate career, and practice the skills and dispositions necessary for effective teaching.  Please meet with Dr. Dever to discuss any questions regarding your upcoming student teaching placement.