Associate Professor Kaka, Assistant Professors Nobel, Kang, and Deitz
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.
Ohio Wesleyan offers programs preparing students for teacher licensure at the elementary school, middle school, and high school levels. Candidates working toward the Elementary Education, Inclusive Elementary Education, Middle Childhood Education, Special Education, Integrated Science, or the secondary content areas will pursue an OWU major in Education. Candidates pursuing Music Education will complete the Multi-age Education minor.