UC Blue Ash College

Pre-Middle Childhood Education : Language Arts/Natural Sciences

Associate of Science

Location: Blue Ash College
College: Blue Ash College
Duration: 2 Years

What is Pre-Middle Childhood Education : Language Arts/Natural Sciences?

Education is the profession of teaching. Teachers act as coaches, using interactive discussions and “hands-on” approaches to help students learn and apply concepts in subjects such as science, mathematics, or English. They provide the tools and the environment for their students to learn abstract concepts, solve problems, and develop critical thought processes.

Middle childhood educators can teach grades four through nine.

Middle childhood teachers help students delve more deeply into subjects introduced in elementary school and expose them to more information about the world. Middle childhood teachers in Ohio usually specialize in two of four concentrations: science, math, language arts, and social studies.

They also play a vital role in the development of their students. Middle childhood teachers often become role models for pre-adolescents and young adolescents. What children learn and experience during these years can shape their views of themselves and the world, and might affect their later success or failure in school, work, and their personal lives.

Our Middle Childhood Education program is dedicated to improving the educational experiences of children in grades four through nine, with a special commitment to urban education.

A Bachelor’s degree in education is the minimum educational requirement for entering the teaching profession. This program provides you with the first two years toward completion of your Bachelor’s degree, which allows you to apply for selective admissions to complete that degree at the UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services.

Admission Requirements

You may enroll in Blue Ash College if you graduated from an accredited high school or preparatory school, or have a GED certificate (minimum composite score of 45). The college’s rolling admissions policy allows you to start any semester: fall, spring, or summer.

High school students who are considering Blue Ash College should take either the SAT or ACT college entrance examination for use in guidance and counseling. All students entering a degree program must also take the college’s placement tests prior to registering for classes.

The Blue Ash College admissions office provides an application for admission and all the information you’ll need to enroll in the college. Please go to admissions for more information on applying.

Admission to Professional Cohort

  • All students who plan to apply to professional cohort must attend a mandatory information session offered by UC's College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services.  Typically an e-mail may be sent to the student's Bearcat online account. Not attending a session will prevent cohort admittance.
  • Students must apply for admission to the professional cohort after they have completed approximately 30 semester hours with typically a minimum 3.0 GPA. Students must also have taken the SAT or ACT with a qualifying score (see CECH admissions requirements), or have taken the Praxis I with passing scores. The application process is offered only once per year. Professional cohort begins only in the fall semester. Students should view professional cohort admittance requirements early in their education career so that all prerequisites and exclusionary factors are clear.
  • Admission to a cohort is not guaranteed. When the number of applicants exceeds the number of available openings, the better qualified candidates will be admitted.

Students who become successful teachers must have the ability to communicate, inspire trust and confidence, and motivate students, as well as understand their educational and emotional needs. You must be able to recognize and respond to individual and cultural differences in students. Flexibility and adaptability are important. You should also be organized, dependable, patient, and creative. You must be able to work cooperatively and communicate effectively with other teachers, support staff, parents, and members of the community. You should also respect and enjoy working with children and young adolescents.

With your Bachelor’s degree and proper licensing, your employment opportunities include becoming a teacher, instructor, or tutor. You may teach in public or private schools. Opportunities depend, in part, on your areas of concentration. (You will pick two from the following areas: language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.)

Advanced degrees are generally required for director, principal, superintendent, librarian, and guidance counselor positions.

Current and admitted students can locate advisor contact information for Pre-Middle Childhood Education via the UCBA advising website.  

The University of Cincinnati's Blue Ash College is conveniently located in suburban Blue Ash and is accessible from I-75, I-71, I-275 and the Ronald Reagan Highway.  We are relatively small, and our faculty to student ratio is low. You will find small class size and personal interaction with your instructors create the ideal learning environment. Parking is convenient and our tuition is one of the lowest of the UC colleges.

We also maintain close ties with area schools.  In fact, Blue Ash College is the only college campus to host an elementary school on campus!  Ties to our local community are also strengthened by the experiential learning component we recently added to all education courses. You will provide valued assistance in area schools, as you connect learned academic theory to real-world experiences.

In the education programs available at UC's Blue Ash College, students have the opportunity to observe in the schools at an early point in their academic career. Early exposure can be an advantage in determining the age group that a student desires to teach before progressing through a majority of a chosen program.

Students must have completed at least 50 percent of their program requirements at Blue Ash College. Students must earn a "C" or better in courses within the program. Students will complete at least 60 credit hours or as listed in their specific program.

Transfer applications are individually reviewed, and acceptance is based on receipt of application materials, as well as official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. An official evaluation of transfer credit from other colleges will be processed after the student’s file is complete.

More information on applying as a transfer student can be found at admissions.

Students changing majors from other programs or colleges within UC will be considered based on the same criteria as outside transfers.

Application Deadlines

The college’s rolling admissions policy allows you to start any semester: fall, winter or summer.  However, financial aid takes six to eight weeks to process. We recommend that you apply at least 10 weeks prior to your desired attendance.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

Behavioral Science Department
9555 Plainfield Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45236
(513) 745-5655
pre-education@ucblueash.edu

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