M.Ed. & Licensure in Middle Childhood Education

Teaching two subjects: Middle Childhood - English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science (Grades 4-9)



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Before entering the Middle Childhood Education (MCE) graduate program, MCE candidates must first complete a rigorous undergraduate program in two specialized areas (Language Arts, social studies, mathematics, or science) accompanied with teacher education professional coursework and field experiences. Please visit our Bachelor of Science in Middle Childhood Education page for more information about the undergraduate program.

The MCE graduate level program focuses on pedagogy, the art of teaching. Candidates take their content methods courses, as well as courses related to assessment, differentiation, and reading across the curriculum. Candidates also learn and participate in action research. 

What is Middle Childhood Education?

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.

What are the features of Wright State's MCE graduate 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 their fifth year M.Ed. program.
  • Our candidates are able to earn their teaching license and Master’s Degree in less than a year, three consecutive semesters.
  • We use a clinical model. Our graduate candidates are in a field placement during two semesters of the graduate program, remaining in one classroom for the school year.
  • Our graduate candidates become licensed to teach reading in grades 4-9, in addition to their two chosen content concentrations.
  • Our graduate candidates conduct action research while in their field placements. They practice data based decision making in an authentic context and present their findings at the annual Middle Childhood Education Symposium. This symposium is an evening conference style event held at the WSU Student Union, bringing together various stakeholders in middle childhood education. 

Contact Information

For program specific questions:
Lee Welz, Program Director
 329 Allyn Hall
(937) 775-3263 


For general graduate program related questions, admission information, licensure information, and transcript evaluation, visit with a Teacher Licensure Advisor

Degree Requirements

Special Note - Are you planning on beginning the graduate level Middle Childhood Graduate Program in 2016?  If so, please read.

1.) We are beginning the MCE program this summer on  June 13. We will attend for 7 weeks and finish by July 31. This is slightly different from the summer B schedule.

2.) Apply for a field placement (ED 6250) on Tk20 by January 23rd.

3.) See your assigned advisor to review other application information. The application deadline is March 1st. 


Special Note - Are you planning on beginning the graduate level Middle Childhood Graduate Program in 2016? If so, please read.

1.) We are beginning the MCE program this summer on June 13. We will attend for 7 weeks and finish by July 31. This is slightly different from the summer B schedule.

2.) Apply for a field placement (ED 6250) on Tk20 by January 23rd.
3.) See your assigned advisor to review other application information. The application deadline is March 1st. 

Admission Requirements

  • Wright State University bachelor’s degree in middle childhood education
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 2.7 cumulative minimum undergraduate GPA
  • C or better in prerequisite content courses and field experiences
  • Passing scores on two of the Ohio Assessment for Educators exams for Middle Childhood Education intended for licensure:  Language Arts and Reading, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
  • No unresolved Concern Conferences

Admission Process


Graduates of Wright State's bachelor’s degree program in middle childhood education:


Apply to Graduate School.




An interview with the faculty program coordinator may be required.

All Other Applicants:



Contact CEHS Office of Student Services for admission advising at (937) 775-3088 or 3086, or by email at cehs-ss@wright.edu.

Questions about the graduate school application?  Contact:

Graduate School
Location: 344 Student Union
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Phone: (937) 775-2976
Fax: (937) 775-2453
Toll-free Number: 1-800-452-4723
Email: wsugrad@wright.edu

Candidates interested in applying for a CEHS Graduate Tuition Scholarship must apply for that scholarship before March 1st.  

Field Experiences

You will take two field experience courses during the MCE graduate program. The first, ED 6250, is labeled as a Phase II experience and occurs during the fall semester of the graduate program. The second, ED 6410, is labeled as Phase III Student Teaching and occurs during the spring semester. For both ED 6250 and ED 6410, you are assigned to the same placement, providing you with a yearlong experience.

There are specific deadlines for field placement registration (these are typically the first week of the semester BEFORE you plan to do your placement). Please check the OPFE webpage for further information.

Steps for Registration


Submit the appropriate online application - via Tk20.


Submit a resume to Tk20 as part of your application.


Complete a FBI and BCII Check at the Educational Resource Center (112 Allyn Hall) and request a copy for your records.


Register (via Wings Express or with the Registrar) for ED 2650, ED 2750, or ED 4250 accordingly at your scheduled time for registering. Completion of the Phase I application does not guarantee your enrollment into these classes - you must register via Wings Express or at the Registrar's office.


Attend any orientations arranged by the Office of Partnerships and Field Experience. Look for an email for notification of the sessions being offered, as well as their homepage on this website.

State Licensure Exam

MCE graduate candidates must have passed both of their Ohio Assessment for Educators [OAE] content examinations before being admitted to the program.

To obtain an Ohio Middle Childhood Teaching License, candidates must also take Test Code 002, Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Middle Childhood (4–9). 
This test may be taken at any point that you feel comfortable with the content addressed, but must be passed before you apply for your teaching license. 

Please visit the Ohio Assessment for Educators  website for a copy of the assessment framework. The OAE is only available online, at an approved OAE test site.


Candidates pursuing a license in MCE at Wright State University have the option to choose from two different paths: Masters Degree & Licensure or Licensure First Path.  Both programs are year long and are made up of a rigorous curriculum to fully prepare future educators. Candidates who choose to obtain licensure first may return to WSU within seven years of beginning this program to finish any courses needed to also earn their Master's Degree in Middle Childhood Education, provided a program of study is in place. Candidates who take more than one semester off at a time may be subject to any revised or new course requirements.  Candidates who wish to pursue the Licensure First Path must still meet the admission requirements and also have completed the needed undergraduate coursework.

What is the difference?

Within the Master's & Licensure Path, candidates take 11 classes and will complete their student teaching along with an action research project.

Within the Licensure First Path, candidates take 8 classes and complete their student teaching. Candidates may come back at a later time to finish the additional 3 classes to complete their Master's Degree.

Middle Childhood Masters Degree & Licensure Path vs. Licensure First Path (PDF)


Middle Level Professional Organizations

  • Association for Middle Level Educators (AMLE): The Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) is the leading international organization advancing the education of all students ages 10 to 15, helping them succeed as learners and make positive contributions to their communities and to the world. AMLE is committed to helping middle grades educators.
  • Ohio Middle Level Association (OMLA): OMLA’s purpose is to promote the middle level concept and provide a medium for those involved with Ohio’s elementary, middle and junior high schools to share with one another.

Wright State University Services

  • Tutoring Services : The mission of Tutoring Services is to serve as a center for learning assistance, and to provide a support structure that allows students to gain self-confidence and independence in their academic work.
  • University Writing Center: The staff of trained undergraduate and graduate writing consultants from across the disciplines can provide support at any stage of the writing process free of charge.
  • Disability ServicesThe focus on independence is the reason that we are ranked as a national leader in accommodating students with disabilities.
  • University Math CenterThe Center provides individualized student evaluation and mathematics instruction from a full-time director and a staff of two dozen student-employees.
  • Educational Resource Center (ERC): The Educational Resource Center is a library-type setting. It offers print and non-print materials for classroom instruction and research. Space is provided for study purposes, for meetings and for accessing computers.

State Resources

  • Ohio Department of Education (ODE)Find Ohio's New Learning Standards, Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession, licensure information, and other important information.
  • Ohio Resource Center Find resources for all content areas, as well as information regarding professional development.