Social Sciences and Education

13373-217.jpgWe are very well known in the local schools for having one of the best programs for teacher training. Early Childhood and Middle Childhood Education are available at the Lake Campus.

There are also plenty of options for someone wanting to have a career in law enforcement. We offer a bachelor’s in crime and justice studies, a police academy as well as two associate degrees in this field. You can also get a great start on a social work or sociology bachelor’s degree at the Lake Campus.

 

 

Crime and Justice Studies

This interdisciplinary program includes core courses in political science and sociology. The curriculum in the program provides students with knowledge of the criminal justice system and how it functions. In addition, students learn theories of criminal behavior as well as administration and policies of law enforcement, criminal law, and the functioning of the court system. Overall, the program provides a broad-based liberal arts education, which enable students a facility for life-long learning and to understand the complexities of groups and organizations.

Students participate in the practice of criminal justice through an internship in law enforcement, pre-law, or social service agencies.

The BA Degree in Crime & Justice Studies prepares students for entry-level employment in criminal-justice, public safety and security related employment.  Private security, law enforcement and corrections is one area of eligibility. In addition probation, parole, and military service are additional options.  The degree provides a base for furthering one's professional training in law, social work and professional psychology.

Forensics Camp is available to high school students interested in pursing a career in the criminal justice field. 

Contact Information
Dennis Bulen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
419-586-0371
dennis.bulen@wright.edu 

Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education program prepares students to teach children three years of age through third grade.

In addition to the university’s CORE curriculum, the program includes courses to ensure that candidates develop theoretical and practical knowledge in humanities, mathematics and technology, Social sciences, biological and physical sciences, the arts and personal health and fitness.

During the junior and senior years, candidates complete a structured sequence of coursework in educational methodology and pedagogy, paired with supervised experiences in a public setting. This two-year sequence of course work culminates with the student teaching experience.

Completion of the Early Childhood Education program and obtaining successful scores on the state pedagogy and content knowledge examinations qualify a candidate for Early Childhood (P-3) teacher licensure in Ohio.  Licensure is required to qualify for employment in public school settings. Other employment settings can include private and charter schools and Head Start Programs.

Admission Requirements

  • 30 semester credit hours earned
  • 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA
  • Passing scores on Praxis I, ACT, or SAT exams
  • Program application
  • Writing sample
  • Recommendation forms
  • Admission interview

Submitting application materials does not guarantee admission to the program.  Admission decisions are made by Early Childhood Education faculty after the admission interview is completed.

Students will complete six semesters of field experiences in local school buildings during their ECE program.  Wright State University - Lake Campus places students in nearly every school district in our service area.

Contact Information
Molly Hay
Program Office
419-586-0352
molly.hay@wright.edu

Middle Childhood Education

Leading into a Bachelor of Science in Education degree without teacher licensure, this program prepares candidates in two content area specialties (language arts and reading, social studies, mathematics, or science) as chosen by the teacher candidate.

In addition to the university’s CORE curriculum and the concentration coursework, candidates will complete a series of pre-professional education courses designed to provide them with an introduction to the total ecology of schools and allow for three individual opportunities for supervised field experience in a public school setting.

Candidates wishing to pursue teacher licensure in Ohio must also complete the graduate-level initial teacher licensure program. This program includes further coursework in educational methodology and pedagogy, action research, as well as additional supervised field experiences in a public school setting, culminating with the student teaching experience. Candidates who complete the graduate licensure program and obtain successful scores on the state pedagogy and content knowledge examinations are eligible to teach reading in grades 4–9 in addition to their two content area specialties.

Admission Requirements

  • 30 semester credit hours earned
  • 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA
  • Good moral character form

Students will complete three field experiences in local school buildings during their undergraduate program and a year long internship during their graduate year.  Wright State University - Lake Campus places students in nearly every school district in our service area.

NOTE: Completion of the B.S. Ed. In Middle Childhood Education does not qualify a candidate for teacher licensure in the state of Ohio. Admission to the graduate-level initial teacher licensure program requires a separate application process as well as passing scores on the two state content knowledge examinations.

Contact Information
Molly Hay
Program Office
419-586-0352
molly.hay@wright.edu

Organizational Leadership

Organizational Leadership takes the hands-on approach to learning in the classroom. Students will have the chance to participate in teamwork activities, work with nonprofit organizations and local schools, and learn from the experiences of fellow students, classmates, and community members. Also, as a 2+2 program, credits earned in an associate degree program may articulate into this degree program, putting you on the fast track to completion.

Contact Information
Greg Homan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
419-586-0344
​greg.homan@wright.edu
 

Social Work

The Social Work Associate of Arts major prepares students for articulation or transfer to a baccalaureate degree program. The student who earns this degree may find employment as a social work assistant. This occupation involves dealing with people often working for family services, children's services, public schools, hospitals, mental health centers, and probation and parole boards.

Social Work Assistants work in a wide range of employment settings. This degree is a good foundation for pursuing the four-year baccalaureate degree, which expands career opportunities. Wright State (Dayton campus) offers a number of related baccalaureate degrees such as social work, psychology, business, sociology, or rehabilitation.

 

Sociology

The associate degree in sociology prepares students for further baccalaureate work. A major in sociology increases students' understanding of the organization and functioning of human social groups and of the methods and techniques for analyzing these social units. The study of sociology prepares students for careers in law, hospital administration, corrections, and government/community services.

Contact Information
Giovanna Follo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
419-586-0342
giovanna.follo@wright.edu