Undergraduate Programs

It takes a special kind of person to teach children ages 8 to 14 — someone who’s energetic, passionate and who wants to make a difference. If that describes you, consider majoring in Middle Childhood Education at The University of Toledo.

We educate undergraduates in the best practices and theories for teaching children in grades 4-9. UToledo's accredited program explores critical issues, such as literacy, technology and multicultural perspectives.

Students choose two of the following specialties: reading and language arts, mathematics, science or social studies. For two years, they focus on these areas and other core education courses. During their final two years, they spend four semesters working with and learning from outstanding educators in local classrooms.


  • Reading and language arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social studies

Top Reasons to Study Middle childhood education at UToledo

  1. More time in the field.
    UToledo education majors are better prepared to teach in the classroom. They spend four full semesters in the field. Most schools require half that time. We partner with more than 150 area pre-K -12 schools to place our students.
  2. Add a degree.
    Middle Childhood Education students have the option of earning second degrees in one of their specialties.
  3. Focus on math and science education.
    Much of the demand in Ohio and other states is for teachers in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. Thanks to our partnerships, grants and faculty research, UToledo is a leader in these areas.
  4. Experience in urban and diverse settings.
    UToledo’s close partnerships with Toledo-area schools allow students to get experience centered around the unique needs of today's students.
  5. Accreditation.
    The Judith Herb College of Education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. The middle grades licensure program is nationally accredited.
  6. UToledo’s graduate programs.
    UT attracts high-caliber faculty and resources, thanks to our master's, education specialist and PhD programs in education.


What jobs can I get with a middle childhood education degree?

93% of UToledo’s recent Middle Childhood Education graduates found jobs in their field; 5% went on to graduate school.

UToledo education students are well prepared to teach in their content areas and have two years of experience in the field. Graduates have outstanding pass rates on the Ohio Assessment for Educators licensure exam. Many also have sought licensure in other states, most of which have reciprocity agreements with Ohio.

UToledo hosts an annual UTeach Job Fair. We bring dozens of employers to campus to interview students.

Hands-On Learning Opportunities

At UToledo, we take you beyond the textbooks and the four walls of a classroom. These real-world experiences are what help our graduates gain professional skills and land jobs.


University of Toledo education students have two year-long experiences working in local classrooms.

The Judith Herb College of Education partners with more than 150 pre-K-12 schools in rural and urban settings. Undergraduates in their junior years teach two lessons in the fall and two mini-units in the spring.

These experiences allow students to plan, teach, assess and reflect before they take full control of the classroom during their senior years.


UToledo is known for its undergraduate research opportunities. Start as early as your freshman year. Work with faculty who enjoy collaborating with students.

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Our Office of Undergraduate Research can:

  • Connect you to faculty mentors and projects
  • Help you find funding
  • Help you present your research at conferences and other events

Study Abroad

Travel, experience new cultures and meet new people — all while earning college credit.

UToledo's Education Abroad Office can help you find the perfect opportunity. You can apply for grants, scholarships and financial aid to help fund study abroad.

  • Semester at Sea
  • Short-term, summer and faculty-led trips
  • Direct exchange programs with other universities
  • Teach English abroad
  • Global health program (med student clerkships)
  • Rocket Kids (work with youth around the world)

Rocket Kids Semester

The Rocket Kids program offers University students a fall, spring or summer semester internship providing recreational programming to U.S. military youth while experiencing the world in locations such as Germany, Italy, Belgium and The Netherlands.

Rocket Kids interns will gain practical experience in programming, leadership, health and wellness, creative arts, performing arts, cultural and literary arts, team and individual sports, adventure and outdoor recreation and STEM education.

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On-campus and Part-time Jobs

  • Learn skills that prepare you for a career after graduation.
  • Build your resume.
  • Earn money.

If you want to work, there are plenty of opportunities on campus and at businesses near campus. If you demonstrate financial need, you may qualify for the federal work-study program.

Student Organizations

Our most successful students get involved.

UToledo has 400+ student organizations that will help you:

  • Make friends.
  • Build your resume.
  • Network.
  • Be a leader.
  • Serve your community.
  • Have fun!

Tuition and Scholarships

Most new students don't pay full price. 94% of new UToledo students receive scholarships or other state and federal aid.

Keep in mind: Your cost will vary by college, program and a host of other options. This is the average amount full-time students pay per year.

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Choose Ohio First scholarship

Ohio residents who have been accepted into this STEM program are eligible for the Choose Ohio First scholarship — a four-year, renewable scholarship.

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Honors College

The Jesup Scott Honors College at The University of Toledo offer our best and brightest the resources and opportunities needed to unlock your fullest potential. Whether you aspire following graduation to cure disease, innovate technology, advance statecraft, redefine markets, or express creatively, together we can fuel vibrant and promising tomorrows.

Honors students come from a variety of countries, backgrounds and cultures. While we may bond over a tough class, our differences make us blossom.

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Benefits of Honors

The Honors College is a community of academically gifted students from all majors on campus. Students take unique Honors classes taught by dedicated Honors faculty and complete an Honors thesis or capstone project in their major, earning the Honors medallion at graduation within their normal program of study. Honors students are challenged to think more deeply and broadly about what they learn. With special academic, cultural, and professional development opportunities, their education extends beyond the classroom.

Honors students can also choose exclusive housing in the Honors Academic Village or the historic McKinnon, Scott and Tucker Halls.

Explore more about what the Honors College can offer you as a budding professional, inquisitive scholar, and engaged person.






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Last Updated: 11/16/23