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Combined Bachelor of Science in Education in Elementary Education P-5 and Master of Education in Instructional Design and Learning Technologies

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Why Choose Elementary Education P-5 and Instructional Design and Learning Technologies?

Teaching 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. The Combined Bachelor of Science in Education in Elementary Education P–5 and Master of Education in Instructional Design and Learning Technologies program offers a comprehensive and innovative pathway to a rewarding career. 

This combined program will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of both elementary education and instructional design. You will gain a solid foundation in elementary education for children in the P–5 age range. You will learn about child psychology, curriculum design, classroom management, and assessment techniques.  

The bachelor's degree component ensures that graduates are well-prepared to create engaging and inclusive learning environments for young learners. The master’s degree component equips you with the knowledge and skills to excel in education, incorporating the latest instructional strategies and innovative technology. 

Contact Information

Elementary Education
Dave Herick, M.Ed.

Instructional Design 
Sheri Stover, Ph.D.


Demand for elementary 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 as a second language (TESOL). About 109,000 new teaching jobs are projected to be added from 2022 to 2032 (bls.gov).  

The median annual wage for elementary school teachers was $61,620 in May 2022 (bls.gov).  

92 percent of our 2018-2019 early childhood/elementary graduates were employed in Ohio within a year of graduation (ODJFS Data Match, 2019).  

Top employers include Fairborn, Dayton, Beavercreek, Kettering, Trotwood-Madison, Huber Heights, Springfield, Mad River, Miamisburg, Sugarcreek, Troy, and Wilmington City Schools as well as National Heritage Academies (ODJFS Data Match, 2019).  

Real-World Experience

By studying these two fields, you will be uniquely positioned to meet the evolving needs of modern education, with a deep understanding of pedagogy, child development, and effective teaching practices and also the skills to leverage technology and design engaging learning experiences. This combination opens up a wide range of career opportunities, including elementary school teaching positions, instructional design roles, curriculum development, educational consulting, and more.

Success Stories

Academics & Curriculum

Bachelor’s Degree Highlights 

  • Early and frequent field experiences provide learning and networking opportunities for you in P-5 classrooms.  
  • The cohort model allows students to move through the program as a group and take the same courses together. This creates more connection and support among peers.  
  • 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).  

Master’s Degree Topics 

  • Connecting learning theory and teaching practices  
  • Brain-based learning  
  • Backward design  
  • Learning strategies  
  • Collaboration and teaming  
  • Evaluation  
  • Professional development  
  • Cognitive load theory  
  • Cognitive theory of multimedia learning  
  • Use of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research designs  
  • Scholarship of teaching and learning  
  • Literature reviews  
  • Ethics and digital citizenship  
View the Bachelor of Science in Education in Elementary Education P-5 and Master of Science Instructional Design and Learning Technologies program information, degree requirements, and graduation planning strategy in the Academic Catalog. 


Admission Requirements

When admitted to combined programs, you must complete all requirements for both programs. You can use three graduate-level M.Ed. Instructional Design and Learning Technologies courses toward both degree requirements.

You will have both a graduate and an undergraduate transcript. Any courses taken for both degrees will appear on both transcripts. This allows for the calculation of separate GPAs. All relevant rules about GPAs and continued eligibility, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, use these calculations.

The admission requirements for the combined program are more rigorous than the master’s degree. Admission requirements for the combined degree include:

  • Must be a major in the undergraduate degree
  • Senior-level status
  • 3.2 cumulative grade point average in all undergraduate work, including undergraduate credits earned at other institutions and transferred to Wright State
  • Undergraduate advisor's approval for admission to the combined-degree program, and mandatory advising during each semester you are taking graduate credit toward the bachelor's degree
  • Complete the admission application
  • Formal admission to combined-degree status

Admission Process

No earlier than the end of your junior year, if you wish to pursue a combined B.S.Ed. in Elementary Education P–5 and M.Ed. in Instructional Design and Learning Technologies, you should complete an application to the Wright State College of Graduate Programs and Honors Studies for the combined degree program.

    Apply to Graduate Programs and Honors Studies


    In addition to filling out the Graduate Programs and Honors Studies application, you must include a writing sample (under 1,000 words) explaining why you wish to become an instructional designer or take the IDL courses.

    Questions about the graduate school application? Contact:

    The College of Graduate Programs and Honors Studies
    Location: 160 University Hall
    Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Phone: 937-775-2976
    Fax: 937-775-2453
    Email: wsugrad@wright.edu

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