Middle Childhood Education Internet-Based Graduate Program

General Description

The Graduate School of Education and Professional Development offers five graduate courses leading to a Middle Childhood (MC) endorsement to a general education teaching certificate. This program has been approved by the WVDOE for preparation leading to the MC endorsement. These courses are applicable for use toward a degree program.

Middle Childhood Education may be completed as a stand-alone graduate certificate or as an area of emphasis within the Master of Arts in Elementary Education or Master of Arts in Secondary Education.

Completion of either the certificate or degree related to Middle Childhood Education may lead to additional endorsement for those who have a general teaching license in West Virginia and content area specialization. To gain the teaching license endorsement in West Virginia, participants are required to take and pass the PLT 0623 – Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5-9.

Upon completion of all courses and passing the Praxis test, participants will be eligible to request the additional endorsement from the West Virginia Department of Education. Participants wishing licensure in other states are responsible for ascertaining the relevant requirements and the probability of this program meeting those requirements.

Students must be admitted to Marshall University prior to enrollment.


Endorsement Requirements

Recommendation for endorsement in middle childhood education requires all of the following:

  1. Completion of the 12-hour graduate program.
  2. Candidates must hold a general education teaching certificate
  3. Attaining a passing score on the PRAXIS II, Principles of Learning and Teaching (5-9).

The endorsement to the general education teaching certificate will indicate that the teacher has special professional education training for teaching middle childhood learners. The endorsement alone does not allow one to teach subject areas in the middle schools. If a teacher holds a content endorsement in grades 7-12, this endorsement will allow that teacher to teach their subject area down through 5th grade. If a teacher holds a middle school content area, this endorsement only enhances their middle childhood knowledge, it does not allow them to teach subject areas other than those indicated on their teaching certificate. This endorsement does not allow elementary teachers to teach subject areas in the middle schools. The endorsement for those completing this program will read as follows: Middle Childhood—Grades 5-9.


Course Offerings

The following four courses will be offered:

  • CI 501: Middle Childhood Curriculum
  • EDF 502: Middle Childhood Psychology
  • CI 503: Methods & Materials for Middle Childhood Education
  • CI 672: Middle Childhood Practicum



Completion of CI 501, EDF 502 and CI 503


Application for Admission

To receive an application, please call the Office of Adult Student Services at:
1-800-642-9842 ext. 61901/61905 or 746-1901/746-1905 or go online to:

Marshall University Admissions

In addition to applying for the program, applicants must also register for individual classes.


For more information contact:

Dr. Calvin F. Meyer (Program Coordinator)
Marshall University
100 Angus E. Peyton Drive
South Charleston, WV 25303
1-800-642-9842 ext. 61936 or
(304) 746-1936
Email: Calvin Meyer