Department of Teacher Education

Multi-Age Education (Licensure Program)

Pre-Kindergarten - Grade 12

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Why Choose Multi-Age Education?

The Multi-Age Education Licensure Program gives you the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree and teaching license at the undergraduate level. If you have a high interest in world language (French, German, Spanish, Latin), teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL), or computer science, you will be able to carry out your passion by teaching the subject of your choice to grades Pre-Kindergarten–12.  

You can major in your content area and later work through the College of Education and Human Services to complete the undergraduate licensure program. This allows you to develop a strong knowledge in your content and the platform to practice the pedagogy of teaching through various field experiences. Links to specific majors at Wright State as well as the admissions process for our licensure program are listed below. 

When you complete the program and pass Ohio-required licensure exams, (and the OPI and WPT exams for World Language candidates), you will be eligible to apply for an Ohio Resident Educator Multi-Age license in the concentration area that applies to your preparation 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.

Program Highlights 

  • Early and frequent field experiences provide learning and networking opportunities in grades PreK–12 classrooms. 
  • You will experience in the field through a year-long placement in a local school.  
  • Based on feedback from employers, Wright State prepares you especially well to collaborate effectively with other teachers, administrators, and staff.  
  • Over the past five years, 97 percent of Wright State program completers passed the state’s licensure examinations.  
  • Teachers prepared at Wright State consistently perform above the state average on the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES) 

Undergraduate majors at Wright State that connect to licensure: 

Contact Information

Robert Banks, M.Ed.  
310 Allyn Hall 
937-775-2677 
robert.banks@wright.edu

For general questions about our licensure program, admission information, and education courses contact an academic advisor in the CEHS Academic Advising Office.

For advising questions related to your undergraduate program of study, please contact the College of Liberal Arts or the College of Engineering and Computer Science advising offices.


Careers

Demand for teachers is high, with many parts of the state and nation currently unable to hire as many teachers as they need. Areas with the highest need include special education (intervention specialist), math, science, world language, and teaching English to second language (TESOL). Hiring for teachers is projected to grow 5 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as the average for all occupations. About 512,900 new teaching jobs are projected to be added from 2018 to 2028 (bls.gov).   

Teaching is unique in that it provides you an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of students, carry out your passion for your content area, and advocate for issues related to education. There are also plenty of opportunities to move up and through the education field including becoming a lead teacher, administrator, school counselor, or further your specialties through endorsements and certificates. Some professionals take opportunities to move their career to advocacy, government agencies, and higher education.    

  • The median annual wage for education occupations was $49,700 in May 2018 (bls.gov)  
  • Visit the Educator Quality Data page for additional details on employment and salary.  

The College of Education and Human Services has provided a dedicated career consultant to assist you in connecting your major to a career. The career consultant focuses on staying up to date on career trends in education, kinesiology and health, leadership, and human services. Our assigned career consultant is an extension of services offered through Wright State’s Career Services


Real-World Experience

Extensive real-life experience and practice in P-12 schools is the heart of Wright State’s teacher preparation programs. As an education major, you will benefit from the highest quality instruction interwoven with clinical practice throughout your program. Working in close partnership with nine local school districts and many other schools in the region, our programs provide you with the following advantages:   

  • Early in your program, you will have the opportunity to begin serving in schools through ED 2100 Education in a Democracy, a designated service-learning course.  
  • You will be in the schools early and often, including at least four semesters in which you are in the field.  
  • You will spend more hours on the ground in schools practicing and refining your skills than nearly any other program in the state. Although the state only requires 100 hours prior to student teaching, we require 470.   
  • All of your field experiences will be supervised by clinical faculty (trained former teachers, principals, and curriculum directors) who will provide quality, constructive feedback to improve your readiness teach.  
  • In addition to your regular field experiences, you will have one or more education courses (e.g. classroom management, science methods, etc.) in which your professor will hold portions of your university class on-site at a local school district to enrich your experience and bridge the gap from theory to practice.  
  • Your experience will culminate in a year-long student teaching internship where you will start the year and end the year with the same mentor teacher and classroom.  
  • Our Office of Partnerships and Field Experiences works to place our candidates in a variety of school settings (urban, suburban, rural) to allow for varying experiences. 

Success Stories

Ali England, who has two education degrees from Wright State, landed her first teaching job within a week of graduation in 2019.
After working at an education camp in Spain, Wright State senior Katelyn Umstead hopes to teach in Spain following graduation in May.

Academics and Curriculum

View the Multi-Age Education Licensure program information, degree requirements, and graduation planning strategy in the Academic Catalog.  

Multi-Age Education Licensure Program of Study (DOCX)


Admission

Admissions Requirements

  • 2.6 cumulative minimum undergraduate GPA 
  • A grade of "C" or better in all required, respective content course 
  • A grade of "C" or better in ED 2600, ED 2700, EDS 2900 
  • A grade of "P" in ED 2650 and ED 2750 
  • Passing scores in each of the following areas: 
    • One of the following Reading scores:
      • ACT Reading score of 19 or better
      • SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score of 520 or better
      • ETS Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Reading score of 162 or better
    • One of the following Math scores:
      • ACT Math score of 17 or better
      • SAT Math score of 510 or better
      • ETS Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Math score of 158 or better
    • One of the following Writing scores: (beginning 2021)
      • ACT Writing score of 6 or better
      • SAT Essay-Writing Dimension score of 5 or better
      • ETS Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Writing score of 165 or better

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 (PDF)

Admission Process

New Students

1

Apply to the University. Choose a major that coincides with teacher licensure you will be applying for, see information above. 

Current Wright State Students

2

Complete the program application.

Candidates may not enroll in the 4000-level licensure courses prior to admission into the licensure program. No exceptions will be granted.

New cohorts begin in both fall and spring semesters. Applications are due January 15 to begin in the fall and September 15 to begin in the spring. 

3

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 (for fall admission) and November 15 (for spring admission) to submit final test scores to meet admission criteria.

4

When time to begin your year-long placement: 

  • Submit an application for a field placement via Pilot. As part of the application, upload a current resume. View detailed application instructions
  • Complete a FBI and BCI Background Check and request a copy for your records. 
  • Attend a field experience orientation session provided by OPFE staff. Session information will be sent out via Wright State email and will also be posted on the OPFE webpage
5

You have the option to appeal one or more admission requirements or an admission decision through our Educator Preparation Appeal Process (DOCX)


Licensure Exams

Candidates are required to pass either their respective content-specific Ohio Assessment for Educators,  WPT & OPI for non-Latin world languages, or the Praxis II Test for Latin before they are allowed to begin their Internship Part II: Student Teaching experience. Information on the Ohio Assessment for Educators can be found on the OAE webpage

Registering for the OPI and/or the WPT

World language candidates are required to obtain the minimum score of “Intermediate High“ (or higher) on both the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and the Writing Proficiency Test (WPT). At this time, there is no state required exam for Latin, therefore, we will require candidates to take the Praxis II Exam in Latin, test code 5601, with a target qualifying score of 150. In addition, an oral interview will be required with a program faculty person. 

Wright State students should contact Dr. Pascale Abadie of Modern Languages for additional information about the OPI in French, Dr. Elfe Dona for information about German, Dr. Rebecca Edwards for information about Latin, and Dr. Ksenia Bonch Reeves for information about Spanish, before registering for the OPI. Wright State students of Spanish may choose to take the OPI by appointment with Dr. Ksenia Bonch Reeves. 

All Wright State students needing to take the WPT must register for their exam at www.languagetesting.com. Please contact Dr. Melissa Doran to help coordinate your arrangements. Dr. Doran also proctors these exams. 

Students needing to take the OPI in French or German need to register for their exam at www.languagetesting.com after having made prior arrangements with Dr. Doran. Students of Spanish may register for the OPI online if arrangements with Dr. Bonch Reeves cannot be made. 


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