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Degrees and Programs

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. We are excited to offer this new pathway to licensure at the undergraduate level.

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.

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.

Careers

To pursue teacher licensure in Ohio, you 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.

Real-World Experience

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.

Academics and Curriculum

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

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. Late applications will be accepted for Fall 2020.

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 (DOCX).

Contact Information

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

 


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