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Middle Childhood Education (BA)

The BA in Middle Childhood Education (ECHD) prepares teacher candidates to address the learning and socio-emotional needs of children in middle school classrooms. This intensive, field-based program prepares every candidate to work democratically with diverse children and families, including those with special needs and second language backgrounds. It leads to Illinois teaching credentials for English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.

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Location: Chicago
Start Term: Fall
Program Type: Major

The program is a part of Roosevelt's New Deal Teacher Academy. Each program in the NDTA fulfills the legacy of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt by fostering inclusive and engaging relationships among teacher candidates, faculty, school practitioners, and learners; immersing teacher candidates intensively in diverse school and community cultures; nurturing social justice leadership skills and dispositions; and coaching candidates toward career success.

Lilibeth Castillo
, Student Support Specialist

Expectations & Requirements

Standards

Teaching is an immensely rewarding profession, but requires a lot of time and effort. Students can expect focused and practical assignments, engaging discussion and small group projects, and intensive field experiences in diverse schools and classrooms. During the final semester, students complete a 15 week student teaching experience under the guidance of a mentor teacher and a university supervisor.

Minor Requirements

Students in this major are required to earn a minor, or its equivalent, in one of the following areas: English, mathematics, science, or social studies.

Sample Courses

  • Adolescent Development, Learning, and Motivation
  • Foundations of Bilingual and ESL Education 
  • Creating Integrated Content & Learning Communities in Middle Childhood Education 
  • Field Experiences in Middle Childhood Education 
  • Student Teaching Seminar: Middle Childhood Education

Outcomes

Typically, graduates are employed as middle school teachers serving students in grade 5 - 8 classrooms. Occasionally, graduates choose to work in elementary schools and high schools if they add on these endorsements to their Illinois teaching license.

Testimonials

"I just love my students and our program. As a former principal, nothing gives me greater joy than seeing our students go on to become outstanding teachers."

Linda Pincham
Associate Professor of Secondary Education, Roosevelt University