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Wright State University's middle childhood education (MCE) program prepares you to teach grades 4-9. You can choose two content areas: math, language arts, social studies, or science. You graduate level courses will focus on pedagogy, the art of teaching. You will take content methods courses as well as courses related to assessment, differentiation, and reading across the curriculum. You will also learn and participate in action research.
What Does it Mean to Teach Middle-Level Learners?
Teaching middle-level learners means becoming a teacher in grades 4-9. Middle-level classrooms 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 throughout this transition by addressing the unique developmental needs of young adolescents. Teaching in the middle grades is often demonstrated by interdisciplinary teaming, flexible scheduling, integrated curriculum, and special programs to meet the social-emotional needs of young adolescents.
Wright State’s programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, fully approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education, and meet the requirements for the Ohio Department of Education 4 Year Resident Educator teaching license. You will benefit from relevant and up-to-date training, such as Youth Mental Health First Aid Training and other professional development opportunities in accordance with Ohio’s Strategic Plan for Education focused on the whole child.
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.
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 as a 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 to further your specialties through endorsements and certificates. You may take an opportunity to move your career to advocacy, government agencies, or higher education.
The College of Health, Education, and Human Services has a dedicated career consultant to assist you in connecting your major to a career. The career consultants focus on staying up-to-date on career trends in education. Our assigned career consultant is an extension of services offered through Wright State’s Career Services.
View the MCE program profile for sample occupations, average salary, and employment projections.
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:
View the Master of Education and Licensure in Middle Childhood Education program information and degree requirements in the Academic Catalog.
The middle childhood education graduate program follows a Summer B semester schedule.
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)
Complete Program Application (PDF).
Deadline: March 1
Deadline: January 15
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.
You have the option to appeal one or more admission requirements or an admission decision through our Educator Preparation Appeal Process.
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 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.
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.
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