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Bachelor of Science in Education in Elementary Education P-5

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Why Choose Elementary Education P-5?

The elementary education P-5 program leads to the Bachelor of Science in Education degree with licensure. The degree program is designed so that students complete general education and content courses as first-year students and sophomores and begin the elementary education program in the spring of their junior year as members of a cohort group. The cohort portion of the program consists of two semesters of integrated coursework and field experiences and one semester of student teaching. Recommendation for licensure requires successful completion of the program and passing scores on required licensure examinations.

Upon successful completion of the licensure portion of the program and passing the appropriate licensure exams, candidates are eligible for an Ohio resident educator license primary education P-5. Please consult with an advisor for current licensure test information.

Specific courses have been included 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. Included also are the courses that incorporate multicultural and global perspectives in the general education requirements.


This program prepares you to teach children from the preschool level to fifth grade. Pursuing a teacher licensure program requires you to complete the Ohio Department of Education prescribed exams for your intended area of licensure. 

Real-World Experience

We arm you with the knowledge and experiences you need to transition from student to professional. You will gain hands-on experience through a variety of community-based programs, service-learning opportunities, internships, and research projects.

Success Stories

Betsy Crites, lecturer and educational liaison at Lake Campus, is a highly valued member of the teacher education program.
To say that Rachel Werling, an elementary education major at Lake Campus, is a go-getter is an understatement.

Academics and Curriculum

View program information, degree requirements, and graduation planning strategy in the Academic Catalog.


Admission Requirements 

  • Program application due September 15. New cohorts begin every spring semester.
  • Cumulative minimum GPA of 2.6
  • Earn grades of "C" or better and "P" for all pre-requisite ED/EDS/EED coursework and EED content courses
  • Completion of all Wright State Core and EED content courses prior to admission
  • Field placement application (EED 3210)
  • Passing scores in each of the following areas:
    • One of the following Reading scores:
      • ACT Reading score of 19 or better
      • SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score of 520 or better
      • ETS Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Reading score of 162 or better
    • One of the following Math scores:
      • ACT Math score of 17 or better
      • SAT Math score of 510 or better
      • ETS Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Math score of 158 or better
    • One of the following Writing scores:
      • ACT Writing score of 6 or better
      • SAT Essay-Writing Dimension score of 5 or better
      • ETS Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Writing score of 165 or better

Be aware that WHEN you took the test is an important factor in determining whether your score meets the minimum criteria for admission, due to revisions that have occurred over time in the ACT, SAT, and Praxis tests. Acceptable Test Scores for Admission to Teacher Education Programs (PDF)

**Due to accreditation requirement changes, admissions requirements are subject to change.  You should continue to check for updates, and work with your advisor to be informed of upcoming changes.

Admission Process

New Students


Apply to the University. You will be admitted as a pre-major until you meet the criteria for acceptance into the major.

Current Wright State Students


Work with your academic advisor to develop your graduation plan and determine when to apply for admission. 


Complete the program application.

New cohorts begin in spring only. Applications are due September 15 to begin the following Spring Semester.


Submit the application for a field placement (EED 3210) via Pilot. View detailed application instructions.

Deadline: September 15


Complete a FBI and BCI Background Check (PDF) and request a copy for your records.


Attend a field experience orientation session provided by OPFE staff. Session information will be sent out via Wright State email and will also be posted on the OPFE website.


If your reading, writing, or math ACT/SAT scores do not meet the minimum scores listed above, complete the appropriate ETS Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators test. 

Applicants have until November 15 to attempt tests needed for admission. Please do not schedule any additional testing attempts after this date. 

Applicants also have the option to appeal one or more admission requirements or an admission decision through our Educator Preparation Appeal Process. 

OAE:  Free Test Preparation Materials 

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Contact Information

Betsy Crites
Wright State University–Lake Campus College of Health, Education, and Human Services Liaison and STEM Coordinator


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