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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.
For program specific questions:
Lee Welz, Program Director
329 Allyn Hall
For general graduate program related questions, admission information, licensure information, and transcript evaluation, contact the Teacher Education Department at 937-775-2677.
The Middle Childhood Education Graduate program follows a Summer B semester schedule.
- Wright State University bachelor’s degree in middle childhood education OR other bachelor’s degree from another accredited institution.
- C or better required for all prerequisite content courses and field experiences
- Dispositional assessment - Candidate Disposition Inventory (CDI). Candidates must receive a final rating of “Meets Requirements” on the final CDI for field experience (ED 2650 and ED 2750).
- 2.75 cumulative minimum undergraduate GPA.
- Passing scores on two of the Ohio Assessment for Educators exams for Middle Childhood Education content areas: English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies.
- Demonstration of competency on a nationally normed test: Can be a combination.
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 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 Math score of 162 or better
One of the following Writing scores (beginning in 2021):
- ACT Writing score of 6 or better
- SAT Essay-Writing Dimension score of 5 or better
- ETS Praxis Core Writing score of 165 or better
OR the GRE scores at or above the 50th percentile.
No unresolved Concern Conferences.
Complete Program Application (PDF).
Deadline: March 1st
Deadline: January 15th
- Complete an FBI and BCI Check at the Educational Resource Center (116 Allyn Hall) and request a copy for your records.
- Attend a field experience orientation session provided by OPFE staff. Session information will be sent out via WSU email and will also be posted on the OPFE website.
An interview with the faculty program coordinator may be required.
Candidates interested in applying for a CEHS Graduate Tuition Scholarship must apply for that scholarship before March 1.
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) and Test Code 090, Foundations of Reading. These tests 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 copies of the assessment framework. OAE tests are 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 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.