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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. 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 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 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 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. 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.
What might I do with the B.S.Ed. without a teaching license?
- Be prepared to attend an M.Ed. or licensure only program to become a licensed teacher (grades 4 through grade 9). We offer these programs at WSU.
- Work with adolescents in various human service fields
- Become a Youth Program and/or Camp Director
- Substitute teach
- Direct after school programs
- Coordinate activities for recreation centers
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 a teacher licensure advisor in the college's Office of Student Services. Contact an advisor in Student Services.
- 30 semester credit hours of college coursework
- Cumulative minimum GPA of 2.5
Apply to the University. You will be admitted to University College as a pre-major until you meet the criteria for acceptance into the major.
Current Wright State Students in University College
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.
Current Wright State Students in Other Colleges
Submit Major/Minor Change Request form on line in WINGS Express. (Select the "Registration and Records" menu and hten the "Major/Mnor Change Request" option.)
Submit Middle Childhood Intent/Statement of Good Moral Character (PDF).
You should plan your field experiences so that you have one your sophomore year (ED 2650), one your junior year (ED 2750), and one your senior year (ED 4250). These are all labeled as "Phase 1 experiences".
It is important that the Phase I field experiences be completed simultaneously with the following courses:
- ED 2650 field experience taken with ED 2600
- ED 2750 field experience taken with ED 2700
- ED 4250 field experience taken with ED 4080 and ED 4210
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
Complete a FBI and BCII Check at the Educational Resource Center (112 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, 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 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
- Test Code 028, Middle Grades English Language Arts
- Test Code 029, Middle Grades Science
- Test Code 030, Middle Grades Mathematics
- Test Code 031, Middle Grades Social Studies
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.
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 Services: The focus on independence is the reason that we are ranked as a national leader in accommodating students with disabilities.
- University Math Center: The 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.