A major in middle childhood education enables graduates to qualify for an Ohio middle childhood teaching license, which covers two subject areas in grades four through nine.
Students select two of the following areas of concentration: language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. Content courses in their chosen concentration areas are completed in addition to the required education courses.
Multiple opportunities to work in classrooms and experience all aspects of teaching occur throughout the four-year program. Small class sizes build strong relationships with faculty and fellow students and close mentoring occurs by faculty, who have real-world experience as classroom teachers. Marietta College was selected as one of the top four education programs in Ohio by the Ohio Department of Higher Education. Over several years, the education program has achieved 100 percent job placement for its graduates.
Teacher candidates complete a two-semester intensive internship experience during the senior year. As a teacher intern, majors work with a mentor teacher and college supervisor to refine their teaching skills and prepare for the first year as a licensed teacher. During the second semester of the internship experience, majors complete the teacher performance assessment, a nationally scored assessment of their teaching skills. Marietta College graduates score above state and national averages on state license exams and on the Teacher Performance Assessment.