2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
    Oct 24, 2021  
2017-2018 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Middle Childhood Education, BSEd

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.  The B.S.Ed. in Middle Childhood does not lead to licensure.  Teacher candidates must complete a graduate level program and state-mandated tests in order to be eligible for a license in Middle Childhood.  Please visit our Master of Education and Graduate Level Licensure in MCE page for more information about the fifth year of the program.

What is Middle Childhood Education?

Students in grades 4-9 are transitioning from a self-contained primary classroom to the content specialization of high 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.

What are the features of Wright State’s MCE program?

  • We are nationally recognized by the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE).
  • The five-year program approach allows our teacher candidates to focus and specialize in their content areas during their B.S.Ed. program and then focus more on the art of teaching in the fifth year M.Ed program.
  • 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 that similar programs at other universities.  Our teacher candidates are required to be in a classroom during three different semesters during the B.S.Ed. and for the entire school year in one assigned classroom for their M.Ed.

Admission Requirements:

  • 30 semester credit hours of college coursework
  • Cumulative minimum GPA of 2.5

Admission Process:

Apply to the University.  You will be admitted automatically upon meeting the acceptance criteria with the completion of the Middle Childhood Intent/Statement of Good Moral Character (PDF) form.

For additional information:

Program Requirements:

I. Wright State Core: 41 Hours

Element 1: Communication: 6 Hours

Element 2: Mathematics: 3 Hours

Element 3: Global Traditions: 6 Hours

Element 4: Arts and Humanities: 3 Hours

Element 5: Social Science: 6 Hours

IV. Concentration Core (Choose two areas) (Specific Course Hours listed after course numbers)

Social Studies: 18 Hours

V. Elective: 1 Hour

One hour elective needed for the following concentrations:  Language Arts/Social Studies, Language Arts/Science, and Science/Social Studies

Total: 120 Hours

Graduation Planning Strategy

The Graduation Planning Strategy (GPS) has been created to illustrate one option to complete degree requirements within a particular time frame (four years unless otherwise noted). Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to adjust this plan based on credit already earned, individual needs or curricular changes that may not be reflected in this year’s catalog. Refer to the Course Planning Guides for each combination of study.