Dr. Peter Schneller

Teaching Area(s): Education

I tell stories of my successes and failures in teaching and try to show them that our failures are probably our greatest learning experiences.

Middle Childhood Education Learning Objectives

The University of Mount Union's CAEP accredited Teacher Education Program for middle childhood education is dedicated to the concerns of educating fourth-ninth graders (nine to fourteen year-olds). Ohio is one of few states that has mandated a license that devotes its curriculum to candidates who become middle child experts. Middle childhood licensure candidates major in middle childhood education and focus on two areas of concentration from the four broad disciplines of language arts, social studies, mathematics, and science.

Middle childhood education degree program candidates are encouraged to be reflective lifelong learners who utilize their in-depth content knowledge and apply a variety of teaching methods that are responsive to pre-adolescent/adolescent needs. They are also encouraged to recognize and evaluate their own personal dispositions in order to help themselves develop into caring teachers.

At Mount Union, a middle childhood education degree with the completion of additional coursework leads to a teaching license for grades four through nine in two areas of concentration. We also offer additional coursework to add an endorsement for grades four through six in the other two areas of concentration.

Learning Objectives for Students in Education

The Teacher Education Program at Mount Union prepares competent, capable and caring teachers.  The common objectives developed in all program areas include:

  • Candidates will demonstrate understanding of the subject matter areas and create meaningful learning experiences based on this knowledge.
  • Candidates will demonstrate an understanding of each student’s cognitive, Social, physical, and emotional development and to create learning opportunities that support student academic development.
  • Candidates will demonstrate the ability to recognize and value student diversity and the differences in how students learn and provide instruction to accommodate such diversity.
  • Candidates will demonstrate the ability to develop instructional plans based on student's needs, curriculum goals and models, subject matter and community.
  • Candidates will demonstrate pedagogical knowledge and skills and use this expertise to encourage each student to develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Candidates will demonstrate the ability to create a classroom environment that facilitates learning and a climate that encourages fairness, positive social interactions, active learning, and self-motivation.
  • Candidates will demonstrate effective verbal, nonverbal, written, technological, and media communication skills to support and enhance student learning.
  • Candidates will demonstrate an understanding of the role of assessment and the use of formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate student learning.
  • Candidates will demonstrate the skills necessary for self-reflection and use this knowledge to analyze past experiences and pursue professional development opportunities.
  • Candidates will demonstrate the ability to collaborate with students, candidates, parents, community members, and professional colleagues in order to support student learning and development.
  • Candidate will demonstrate a sense of caring.
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