2018-2019 Academic Catalog 
    Apr 12, 2024  
2018-2019 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Middle Childhood Education, BSEd

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Program Description:

Wright State University’s Middle Childhood Education (MCE) program prepares educators to teach students in grades 4-9 in two content areas:  Math, Language Arts, Social Studies, or Science.  The B.S.Ed. in Middle Childhood Education does not lead to licensure.  Teacher candidates must complete the three-semester graduate level program and successfully pass the state-mandated tests in order to be eligible for a license in Middle Childhood Education.  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?

  • The WSU MCE program is 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-area knowledge during their B.S.Ed. program and then focus more on pedagogy, or the art of teaching, in the fifth year M.Ed. program.
  • One important goal of the WSU MCE program is the development of high quality, well-rounded middle-level teaching candidates.  Our teacher candidates are exposed to more than their two chosen content concentration areas.  All of our candidates take a required series of math, science, social studies, and literacy courses, in addition to their two chosen content area concentrations.
  • The MCE faculty and staff work closely with every candidate to ensure a positive experience and to support the learning outcomes in our specific courses.
  • Candidates are provided with more classroom experiences than are offered by similar programs at other universities.  MCE teacher candidates have multiple courses that provide on-site interactions with middle level students. They are also required to be in classroom field experiences during two different semesters of the undergraduate program and for almost the entire school year in one assigned classroom for the graduate program.

Admission Requirements:

  • 30 semester credit hours of college coursework
  • Cumulative minimum GPA of 2.5
  • No unresolved Concern Conferences

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.

Dayton Campus

Lake Campus


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