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Bachelor of Science in Education in Middle Childhood Education

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Why Choose Middle Childhood Education?

The middle childhood education program prepares educators to teach grades 4-9 in two content areas. Teacher candidates choose these two content areas from math, language arts, social studies, or science. Our undergraduate program with licensure has received university and Ohio Department of Higher Education)approval. 

Students in grades 4-9 are transitioning from a self-contained primary classroom to the content specialization of middle school. Middle-level philosophy embraces the notion that middle grades teachers need to be developmentally responsive during this transition, addressing the unique developmental needs of young adolescents. This often is demonstrated with interdisciplinary teaming, flexible scheduling, integrated curriculum, and special programs to meet the social-emotional needs of young adolescents.

 

Real-World Experience

Students will complete a year-long field placement during their fourth year with two days per week spent in a field placement classroom in the fall, followed by student teaching, consisting of five days per week in the same classroom during the spring semester.

Academics and Curriculum

The MCE undergraduate licensure degree program is designed so that candidates complete general education and content courses during their first four semesters (two years) and are admitted into the MCE program at the beginning of their third year experiences. They will proceed through their third and fourth years as members of a cohort group. The cohort portion of the program consists of four semesters of integrated coursework and field experiences.Wright State University—Lake Campus places students in nearly every school district in our service area.

Students will complete a year-long field placement during their fourth year with two days per week spent in a field placement classroom in the fall, followed by student teaching, consisting of five days per week in the same classroom during the spring semester. Due to the year-long field placement in school settings, parts of this program operate on a different calendar than the university calendar, and candidates may be required to start prior to the beginning of the university’s academic term. Candidates pursuing a teacher licensure program are also required to successfully pass the Ohio Department of Education prescribed exams for their intended areas of licensure. An FBI/BCI background check is required for the year-long field placement, and the state of Ohio also requires an FBI/BCI background check as a part of the licensure application.

View Bachelor of Science in Education in Middle Childhood Education program information, degree requirements, and graduation planning strategy in the Academic Catalog.

Course Descriptions

Admission

Admission Requirements

  • 2.6 cumulative minimum undergraduate GPA 
  • A minimum of 60 credit hours earned (including in-progress hours) 
  • Grade of C or better required for the following: 
    • All teacher education courses under the Wright State Core requirements: ED 2100, ED 2600, ED 2700, and EDS 2900 
    • All Wright State Core courses related to the applicant’s two respective concentration areas (language arts, mathematics, science, social studies) 
    • All pre-professional core courses: ED 1100, ED 2800, and MTH 2415 
  • “P” (passing) grade in ED 2650 
  • 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

If you are a Wright Path student who is following an articulation agreement, courses required for program admission slightly differ. Please refer to the articulation agreements on the Wright Path webpage and work with your academic advisor to confirm you are ready to enter the B.S.Ed. program. 

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

1

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

2

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

3

Complete the program application.

4

New cohorts begin in fall only. Applications are due January 15 to begin the following fall semester.

5

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 June 1 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.

Contact Information

Betsy Crites
Wright State University–Lake Campus College of Health, Education, and Human Services Liaison and STEM Coordinator
betsy.crites@wright.edu
419-586-0315

 


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