Department of Teacher Education

Bachelor of Science in Education in Middle Childhood Education

Grades 4-9

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Why Choose the Middle Childhood Education Program?

Why choose the MCE program at Wright State?

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.

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).
  • 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. 
The MCE Cohort
edTPA and RESA

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.

Contact Information

For program-specific questions and graduate degree related questions:

Mrs. Lee Welz, MCE Co-director
(937) 775-3263

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.

Academics and Curriculum

Middle Childhood Education Program of Study


Admission Requirements

  • 2.75 cumulative minimum undergraduate GPA
  • A minimum of 60 credit hours earned (including in progress hours)
  • Grade of C or better required for the following:
    • All Teacher Education courses under the WSU Core requirements: ED 2100, ED 2600, ED 2700, and EDS 2900
    • All WSU Core courses related to the applicant’s two respective concentration areas (Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies)
    • All Pre-Professional Core courses: ED 1100, ED 2800, and MTH 2415
  • “P” (passing) grade in ED 2650
  • Passing scores in each of the following areas:

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

  • One of the following reading scores:
    • ACT Reading Score of 22 or better
    • SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Score of 543 or better
    • ETS Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators  Reading Score of 168 or better
    • One of the following math Scores:
      • ACT Math score of 22 or better
      • SAT Math Score of 533 or better
      • ETS Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Math score of 162 or better
    • One of the following writing scores: (beginning 2021)
      • ACT Writing score of 6 or better
      • SAT Writing Dimension Score of 5 or better
      • ETS Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Writing score of 165 or better

    **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.

    Admission Process

    New Students


    Apply to the University. You will be admitted as a pre-major until you meet the criteria for acceptance into the major.

    Current Wright State Students


    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. 

    Field Experiences

    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:

    Semester You Will Complete the Field Experience Deadline for Applying
    Fall January 15
    Spring September 15

    Please check the OPFE webpage for further information.


    Steps for Registration


    Submit the appropriate online application - via Pilot.

    Click here for detailed application instructions.


    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.

    State Licensure Exams

    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.

    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.

    Take the Next Step

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