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Bachelor of Arts

Education – Science

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The Development of Outstanding Teachers – down to a science

A love of science can spur a love of learning. Create a foundation for middle school students in science and make a difference in their perspectives and lives. Tiffin University’s Science with licensure in Middle School Education program will not only provide you a deeper understanding of science, you’ll gain invaluable teaching experience in the classroom. Combine the degree with an English, math or social studies concentration, and expand your reach, and influence, in inspiring middle school learners.

The B.A. in Science with licensure in Middle School Education is offered in partnership with Lourdes University. Faculty from Lourdes University teach all of the education coursework on Tiffin University’s campus.

Students earn degree requirements from Tiffin University while also earning licensure requirements from Lourdes University. This partnership offers you the strengths of two universities, with the opportunity to learn from experienced faculty from both universities.

This major program will provide you all of the coursework for a degree in science; one minor area chosen from English, mathematics or social studies; and license requirements for middle school teaching credentials for grades 4-9.

  • Nationally accredited (TEAC, 2010)
  • Consistent rating of “Effective,” Ohio’s highest ranking for teacher preparation programs
  • Field experiences range from one-day observations in the first education courses to 15-weeks during student teaching

Middle school education is a specialized field of study with a body of knowledge and research that recognizes the distinct developmental stage of students in grades 4-9. This program is designed to prepare you for a teaching career by providing an education that allows you the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills and disposition necessary to teach and work with students in grades 4-9.

The curriculum is based on contemporary research and the most current standard requirements of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), Ohio Department of Education (ODE), the International Society for Teaching in Education (ITSE), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).

Professional Education Training
  • The Science with licensure in Middle School program leads to state licensure within Ohio.
  • Courses are taught by professionals working within the field who have earned state licensure in the area in which they teach.
  • You’ll gain professional experience in the school setting – starting with your first education course.
  • Field experiences and clinical hours are built into each semester of the program.
  • The program offers field experiences in a variety of teaching environments, including public, private, rural and urban settings.
  • Tiffin University schedules special events for our TU students to mentor middle school-aged students, to build community and to model educational experiences.
  • TU’s Education Club and education events connect you to campus and help build close community.

Clinical and field experiences are incorporated throughout all four years of the student experience. The work builds upon prior knowledge and gets more hands-on as you continue in the field. You’ll move from observing classes to building and teaching lessons within a variety of classroom settings, using knowledge gained from your content and education coursework.

Within your program, you’ll build a strong foundation of knowledge in science, gaining a deeper, hands-on understanding of the natural world. You’ll gain insights into student development (psychology/sociology) and learning styles and needs. You’ll learn about assessment, accommodations, modifications, diversity and integration of technology within unit planning.

At the end of your program, you’ll carry away career-ready skills, including:

  • Lesson planning
  • Assessment
  • Time management
  • Communication
  • Organization
  • Classroom Management
  • Collaboration
  • Differentiation

Experiential learning is the essence of teaching. Without the experiences of being in the classroom observing and teaching, you would be ill prepared mentally, emotionally and academically to teach in a real-world setting.

During your program, you’ll practice lessons in your college classroom on your peers, work with peers to build unit plans and assessments and engage in discussions around scenarios to help prepare you for the classroom setting. You’ll then take what you’ve learned and teach these lessons to students in the grades 4-9 setting as a classroom leader.

Bringing Knowledge to Practice
  • You’ll gain professional experience in the school setting – starting with your first education course.
  • Students can be placed in different schools settings, such as urban, suburban, rural, private or public schools.
  • You’ll take a course focusing on diversity along with a course that introduces you to challenges within the inclusion and special needs setting.
  • You may volunteer to work in local schools, libraries and community education programs.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to tutor students within the Tiffin University community.
  • You’ll use an e-Portfolio as a digital repository for your work in your science courses and in your education work at Lourdes University.
  • The Education Club provides you opportunities to meet other students and participate in various activities and events.
  • COM130 Oral Communication & Presentation – 3 hours
  • ENG141 Rhetoric and Introductory Research Writing [Composition] – 3 hours
  • ENG142 Rhetoric and Academic Writing (w) [Composition] – 3 hours
  • MAT185 Quantitative Reasoning – 3 hours
  • MAT273 Applied Statistics I – 3 hours
  • EDU151 Technology In Learning – 1 hour
  • EDU251 Technology & Pedagogy for Learning – 1 hour
  • EDU351 Technology, Pedagogy, & Content Knowledge for Learning – 1 hour
    • [EDU151/251/351 combined fulfill CIS requirement]
  • NAT130 Foundations for Healthy Living – 3 hours

Total = 21 hours

  • EDU216 Multicultural and Social Issues in Education – 3 hours

Total = 3 hours

  • DEC100 Engage – 3 hours
  • DEC200 Explore – 3 hours
  • DEC300 Connect – 3 hours
  • DEC400 Impact – 3 hours
  • DEC400L Impact ePortfolio – 1 hour

Total = 13 hours

Science MAJOR
  • BIO210 General Biology I and BIO210L Lab – 4 hours
  • CHM131 General Chemistry I and CHM131L Lab – 4 hours
  • NAT114 Survey of Science – 3 hours
  • NAT201 Principles of Physical Science – 3 hours
  • NAT205 Earth Science – 3 hours
  • NAT220 Survey of Health Issues – 3 hours
  • NAT291 Drugs and the Body (w) – 3 hours
  • NAT150 Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology and NAT150L Lab – 4 hours
  • SCI370 Integrated Science for Teachers – 3 hours
  • Two of the following: 6 hours
    • PSY320 Motivational Psychology
    • PSY360 Introduction to Counseling PSY362 Abnormal Behavior
    • PSY363 Cognitive Psychology
    • PSY401 Biological Foundations of Behavior
    • EDU250 Educational Psychology and HumanDevelopment – 3 hours

Total = 39 hours

  • EDU100 Foundations of Education or EDU 101 Education Bridge (1 hr) – 3 hours
  • EDU230 Survey of Special Needs Education – 3 hours
  • EDU319 Classroom Management for Middle Childhood & AYA Education – 3 hours
  • EDU329 Differentiated Instruction & Assessment – 3 hours

Total = 12 hours

  • EDU220 Reading Comprehension Skills, Strategies and the Writing Process in Inclusive Classrooms – 3 hours
  • EDU221 Content Area Reading and Writing – 3 hours
  • EDU324 The Role of Phonics and the Foundation of Reading and Writing – 3 hours
  • EDU335 Reading Diagnoses and Assessment – 3 hours
  • EDM210 Education for Young Adolescents – 3 hours
  • EDM235 Middle Childhood Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment – 3 hours
  • EDM250 Middle Childhood Methods & Field Experience I – 3 hours
  • EDM351-356 Middle Childhood Methods and Field Experience II – 3 hours
  • EDM450 Middle Childhood Student Teaching – 12 hours

Total = 24 hours

Subtotal = 124 hours


Secondary Field of Study courses will be used to fill General Education Requirements. Students must choose secondary field of study when they declare their education major in order to avoid taking courses that do not fulfill graduation requirements for their major or secondary field of study.

  • ENG313 Theoretical Approaches to Reading and Writing – 3 hours

One of the following: 3 hours

    • ENG360 American Poetry (w)
    • ENG361 British Poetry (w)
  • ENG422 World Literature (w) – 3 hours

Total9 hours

Students must also take any 200-level CUL, ENG, or PHI to meet CUL448/449 prerequisite for an additional (3 cr. hours), total for LA minors is 9 hours.

  • MAT185 Quantitative Reasoning – 3 hours
  • MAT271 Geometry for Middle School Teachers – 3 hours
  • MAT275 Pre-Calculus – 3 hours
  • MAT370 Teaching Mathematics in Middle School (w) – 3 hours

Total12 hours


  • CUL250 World Cultural Geography – 3 hours
  • ECO222 Principles of Microeconomics – 3 hours
  • HIS122 Research and Writing for History – 3 hours
  • HIS267 Challenges of Global Leadership: US Historyafter 1945 (w) – 3 hours
  • HIS323 The Emerging West (w) – 3 hours
  • HIS410 The Inter-Connected World (w) – 3 hours

Total18 hours

Total for the degree w/Secondary field of study – 133-142 hours

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.


Education for Young Adolescents (EDM210) – Fosters an understanding of the unique developmental needs and aspects of young adolescents. This course will examine not only the history and philosophy of middle school education but will explore exemplary practices, which are characteristics of effective middle childhood education.

Middle Childhood Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment (EDM235) – Building on the general concepts presented in EDM210 Education for Young Adolescents, this course begins to bridge the gap between content and practice. The course examines middle childhood curriculum and provides an in-depth review of the Ohio Academic Content Standards. The course introduces instructional models and elements of assessment theory in support of curriculum development and effective teaching. Students have opportunities to plan, teach, assess and reflect on lessons for young adolescents that are developmentally appropriate and inclusive.

Middle Childhood Methods & Field Experience I (EDM250) – Provides students with opportunities to learn and practice the skills and competencies of effective teaching at the middle childhood level. This course will examine various instructional methods used to teach young adolescents in all four curriculum content area and reading. The course includes a field experience in a middle childhood setting.

Language Arts and Social Studies Methods and Field Experience II (EDM351) – Provides students with opportunities to learn and practice Middle Childhood pedagogy in your licensure areas (language arts and social studies). Students will engage in all elements of the Teacher Performance Assessment, including planning instruction and assessment, instructing and engaging students in learning, assessing student learning, and final retrospective reflection. The course includes an extensive field experience in a Middle Childhood setting for both of your licensure areas. This course must be passed with a C+ or better. Falling below a C+ will result in the need to retake the course.


On Campus – Offered in a 15-week semester format with start dates in January and August

Education is a growing field and due to COVID many teachers have decided to retire, creating many openings within the middle school environment. This major will provide you with all of the coursework necessary for a degree in science; one minor area chosen from English, mathematics or social studies; and license requirements for middle school teaching credentials for grades 4-9.

  • English Teacher
  • History Teacher
  • Mathematics Teacher
  • Middle School Teacher
  • Science Teacher
  • Social and Human Service Assistant
  • Tutor
  • Brainiac
  • Cleveland Metropolitan School District
  • Hamilton City School District
  • Horizon Science Academy
  • Springboro Community City Schools
  • Tiffin University
  • Toledo Public Schools
  • Vermilion Local Schools
  • West Branch Local School District

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