2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
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2020-2021 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Middle Childhood Education, B.S.Ed.

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Program Description: 

Wright State University’s Middle Childhood Education (MCE) program prepares educators to teach grades 4-9 students in two content areas. Teacher candidates choose these two content areas from Math, Language Arts, Social Studies, or Science. Our undergraduate Middle Childhood Education program with licensure has received university and final state (Ohio Department of Higher Education) approval. Pathway to licensure at the undergraduate level.

  • We are nationally recognized by the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE).
  • Our program prepares a well-rounded teacher candidate. Our teacher candidates are exposed to more than their two chosen content concentration areas. They all take a required series of math, science, social studies, and literacy courses.
  • Our program provides more classroom experiences than similar programs at other universities. 

After you complete the program and pass Ohio-required licensure exams, you are eligible for an Ohio Resident Educator Middle Childhood Education licensure in two subject areas as regulated by the Ohio Department of Education.

Licensure and certification requirements vary from state to state, and we have not determined if this program meets educational requirements outside of Ohio. If you are planning to pursue professional licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please contact the appropriate licensing entity in that state to seek information and guidance regarding that state’s licensure or certification requirements.

Middle Childhood Education UNDERGRAD with License Program Admission

  • 2.75 cumulative minimum undergraduate GPA.
  • A minimum of 60 credit hours (including IP-In Progress)
  • Grade of C or better required for the following:
    • All Pre-Professional Core courses: ED 1100, ED 2800, and MTH 2415
    • All WSU Core courses related to the applicant’s two respective concentration areas (Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies)
    • All Teacher Education courses under the WSU Core requirements: ED 2100, ED 2600, ED 2700, and EDS 2900
  • “P” (passing) grade in ED 2650
  • Demonstration of competency on a nationally normed test: Can be a combination.

- One of the following Reading scores:

  • ACT Reading score of 22 or better
  • SAT Reading and Writing score of 543 or better
  • ETS Praxis Core Reading score of 168 or better


- One of the following Math scores:

  • ACT Math score of 22 or better
  • SAT Math score of 533 or better
  • ETS Praxis Core Math score of 162 or better

AND starting 2021

- 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 Writing score of 165 or better

Program application

Program Learning Outcomes: Middle Childhood Education

Middle Childhood Education graduates will be able to demonstrate a high level of understanding and skill in relation to:

Association of Middle Level Educators (AMLE, 2012)

  • Middle level philosophy, curriculum, instruction, and assessment, the implications of diversity, school organization, developmentally responsive best practices, and their professional roles and dispositions.

Ohio Department of Higher Education 12 Semester-Hour Ohio Reading Requirement (ODHE-RR/OBR-OAC/2010); International Literacy Association Standards (ILA, 2017)

  • The foundational content of literacy learning, reading, writing, phonics, the creation of a literacy-rich learning environment, value of the forms of diversity among individual learners, the cognitive and sociological context of comprehension and vocabulary instruction, supporting students’ literacy learning through meaningful instruction and assessment, the importance of writing in students’ lives, and the need to stay current with literacy trends, research, and professional development.

Ohio Department of Higher Education International Dyslexia Association Standards (ODHE-IDA, 2010)

  • Dyslexia and other learning disorders regarding their connection to foundational concepts of oral and written learning, the structure of language, the interpretation and administration of assessments for planning instruction, structured language teaching, and the need to follow ethical standards for the profession.

Ohio Learning Standards (OLS, 2017) for English Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Science; National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM, 2012); National Science Education Standards/Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS, 2013)

  • The appropriate middle level content knowledge and pedagogical best practices related to English Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Science content.

Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession (OSTP):

  • Student learning development and diversity, their instructional responsibility regarding their content area(s), the use of varied assessments to inform instruction and evaluate/ensure learning, the importance of planning and delivering effective instruction that advances the learning of all students, the creation of learning environments that promote the achievement of all students, the importance of collaborating and communicating with students, parents, colleagues, administration, and the community, and the importance of their own professional growth.

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC, 2015) standards

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WSU Core: 39 - 40 Hours

WSU Core Total: 39-40 credits (depending on science course)

Element 1: Communication

Subtotal: 6 credit hours

Element 2: Mathematics

Subtotal: 4 credit hours

Element 3: Global Awareness

Subtotal: 6 credit hours

In addition to ED 2600, choose ONE course (HST 1100 or HST 1200)

Global Awareness Choice

Choose ONE course

Element 4: Arts and Humanities

Subtotal: 3 credit hours

Choose ONE: Select any 3 credit hour course

Element 5: Social Science

Subtotal: 6 credit hours

Additional Core

Subtotal: 6-7 credit hours (depending on science course)

Must take ED 2100 AND choose one course based on concentrations

Additional Concentration Core Choice

Choose ONE course based on concentrations

Pre-Professional Core: 9 Hours

Subtotal: 9 credit hours

Concentration Core: 36 - 39 Hours - Choose two areas

Choose two areas as concentrations

Subtotal: 18-20 credit hours depending on concentration combination

Language Arts concentration

Subtotal: 18 credit hours

In addition to the required courses (ED 2510, ED 3700, ED 4340), choose any THREE ENG 3000-4000 level courses

Science concentration

Subtotal: 18.5-19 credit hours

In addition to the required ED 4360 and the additional course from Element 6, choose THREE additional courses

Social Studies concentration

Subtotal: 18 credit hours

In addition to the required courses (ED 4330, HST 2110, HST 2120, HST 3650), choose TWO additional courses

Social Studies: Choose two

Choose TWO courses from the list: EC 2000, EC 2100, EC 2900, GEO 2100, GEO 2200, GEO 3300, PLS 2120, PLS 3020, PLS 3220, PLS 3310, PLS 3370, PLS 3420, PLS 4210, PLS 4940

**NOTE: Must choose PLS 2120 if not taken as Additional Core - applies ONLY for SS & Science combination

TOTAL: 126 - 130 Hours

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