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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. 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.
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.
For program-specific questions and graduate degree related questions:
Mrs. Lee Welz, MCE Co-director
Dr. Hannah Chai, MCE Co-director
For general questions, admission information, licensure information, and transcript evaluation - please visit with an academic advisor in the CEHS Academic Advising Office.
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
**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.
Apply to the University. You will be admitted as a pre-major until you meet the criteria for acceptance into the major.
Work with your academic advisor to develop your graduation plan and determine when to apply for admission.
Complete the program application.
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.
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.
You should plan your field experiences so that you have one your sophomore year (ED 2650) and one your junior year (ED 2750). These are all labeled as "Phase 1 experiences".
There are specific deadlines for field experience registration:
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Please check the OPFE webpage for further information.
Complete an FBI and BCI Check at the Educational Resource Center (116 Allyn Hall) and request a copy for your records.
Submit a resume into the electronic management system as part of your application.
Register (via Wings Express or with the Registrar) for ED 2650 or ED 2750 accordingly at your scheduled time for registering. Completion of the Phase 1 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 Experiences. Look for an email for notification of the sessions being offered, as well as the homepage of this website.
You should register for and take the OAE Tests in your two concentration content areas well BEFORE you plan to apply to the M.Ed. program in Middle Childhood Education in the College of Education and Human Services. This will give you time to retake the test if there is an issue. Applications for the graduate program are due March 1. The program begins in Summer B.
For admittance to the College of Education and Human Services M.Ed. program in Middle Childhood Education, undergraduate students must score a 220 or higher on the Pearson OAE tests. To register for the OAE, visit the Ohio Assessments for Educators website. The OAE is only available online, at an approved OAE test site.
Content Concentration OAE Tests
Plan Ahead. Although, not required for admission to the graduate program, Test Code 002, Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Middle Childhood (4–9) is required for an Ohio Middle Childhood Teaching License.