Bachelor of Arts

History with licensure in Middle School Education

A teacher who loves to teach will fuel a student who loves to learn. Create a foundation for middle school students in history and focus on an understanding of their unique developmental needs. TU teaches curriculum standards and promotes invaluable field experience in the classroom that makes educational licensure stress-free.

This degree and licensure is offered in partnership with Lourdes University and provides the student with all of the course work for a degree in History; one minor area chosen from English, mathematics, or science; and license requirements for Middle School teaching credentials for grades 4-9.

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COM130 Oral Communication & Presentation     3 hours

ENG141 Rhetoric and Introductory Research Writing [Composition]     3 hours

ENG142 Rhetoric and Academic Writing (w) [Composition]     3 hours

MAT181 College Algebra     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



CUL250 Cultural Geography     3 hours

ECO222 Principles of Microeconomics     3 hours

HIS122 Research for History (w)     3 hours

HIS231 Creating a Nation (w)     3 hours

HIS242 US History 1865 to 1945 (w)     3 hours

HIS267 Challenges of Global Leadership: US History after 1945 (w)     3 hours

HIS303 Dawn of Humankind (w)     3 hours

HIS320 Ohio History     3 hours

HIS323 The Emerging West (w)     3 hours

HIS410 The Interconnected World (w)     3 hours

HIS425 Historiography (w)     3 hours

POL201 Political Geography     3 hours

POL391 Comparative Political Systems     3 hours 

Total     39 hours



EDU100 Foundations of Education or EDU101 Education Bridge (1 hour)     3 hours

EDU230 Survey of Special Needs Education     3 hours

EDU 250 Educational Psychology and Human Development     3 hours

EDU319 Classroom Management for Middle Childhood & AYA Education     3 hours

EDU329 Differentiated Instruction & Assessment     3 hours 

Total     15 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 

Total     12 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

Sub-total     127 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 

Total     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 

Total     12 hours



BIO210 General Biology I + BIO210L Lab     4 hours

NAT114 Survey of Science     3 hours

NAT205 Earth Science     3 hours

NAT201 Physical Science     3 hours

SCI370 Integrated Science for Teachers     3 hours 

Total     16 hours

Total for the degree w/Secondary field of study     137-143 hours

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

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

All History licensure concentrations offered

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.

  • English Teacher
  • History Teacher
  • Mathematics Teacher
  • Middle School Teacher
  • Science Teacher
  • Cleveland Metropolitan School District
  • Horizon Science Academy
  • Springboro Community City Schools
  • Toledo Public Schools
  • Vermilion Local Schools


Michael Goodnough
Michael Goodnough

Michael Goodnough, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of History

School of Arts & Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • Ph.D., in Cultural and Intellectual History, Kent State University
  • M.A., Kent State University
  • B.A., History, Bowling Green State University

Michael Goodnough, Ph.D.

Dr. Michael Daniel Goodnough is Assistant Professor of History in the School of Arts and Sciences. He started at Tiffin University as a part-time instructor in 2017 before coming on full-time as Instructor of History in the fall of 2018. A native of Ohio, Dr. Goodnough received his B.A. from Bowling Green State University in 2011 and completed his M.A. (2013) and Ph.D. (2019) in cultural and intellectual history from Kent State University.

Professor Goodnough’s teaching interests are wide-ranging. At TU, he teaches the majority of the history courses. He specializes in teaching U.S. history from colonization to globalization, World History, and sub-Saharan African history. Dr. Goodnough uses the lens of cultural history to teach how culture can provide insight into a plethora of historical themes. While at TU, he also worked to develop the new Public History major, which merges the field of history with the University’s mission of linking knowledge to professional practice.

In addition to teaching, Dr. Goodnough is an active scholar. He has presented research at international, national, and regional conferences, including the 2014 15th International Bakhtin conference at the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Sweden and the 2017 American Historical Association Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado. He published a journal article (2015) and an encyclopedia entry (2018) about the New Left during the 1960s. His current research focuses on antimodernism during the 1970s.

Michael Goodnough, Ph.D...
Assistant Professor of History
Michael Goodnough, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History
Michelle Meadows
Michelle Meadows

Michelle Meadows, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Education, Chair of the Masters in Education program

School of Arts & Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction, Kent State University
  • M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction: Emphasis in Mathematics, Kent State University
  • B.S. in Middle Childhood Education: Science and Mathematics, Kent State University

Michelle Meadows, Ph.D.

Dr. Michelle L. Meadows, Assistant Professor of Education, has been with Tiffin University as an Affiliate Professor since 2015. She earned her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction, a Master of Education degree in also in Curriculum and Instruction: Emphasis in Mathematics, and Bachelor of Science in Middle Childhood Education: Science and Mathematics, all from Kent State University.

Michelle Meadows, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Education, Chair of the Masters in Education program
Michelle Meadows, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Education, Chair of the Masters in Education program


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