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MEd Middle Childhood Education

Course Description

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.

Students in grades 4-9 are transitioning from a self contained primary classroom to the content specialization of high 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.

Visit the website: https://www.wright.edu/degrees-and-programs/catalog/programs/middle-childhood-education-med

Course detail

Middle Childhood teachers will teach two of the following subject (content) areas: language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. This is a full-time program of study currently requiring a commitment Monday through Friday. Students from Wright State University's Bachelor of Education program in Middle Childhood Education and others with a bachelor's degree who meet two content area requirements and other prerequisite of Wright State's educator program will be enrolled in this program in a cohort group to begin the program in the Summer semester. Prerequisite content requirements are described on the college's website at http://educationhuman-services.wright.edu .

Upon successful completion of the of the program and passing the appropriate state mandated exam, candidates are eligible apply for an Ohio Resident Educator four year middle childhood license(s) in the concentration areas that apply to the candidate's preparation: Language Arts and Reading (4-9), Mathematics (4-9), Science (4-9), Social Studies (4-9). Candidates will be licensed to teach reading, grades 4-9, with the successful completion of the program.


Students will serve as interns in school settings throughout the school year. Therefore, this program operates on a different calendar than the university and candidates may be required to start prior to the beginning of the university's academic term. The state of Ohio will require a criminal background check as a part of the licensure application.

Admissions Requirements:

In addition to meeting requirements for admission established by the Graduate School, applicants must meet content requirements, and pass two appropriate state mandated content examinations: Middle School English Language Arts, Middle School Mathematics, Middle School Science, Middle School Social Studies. Contact the college's Office of Student Services to learn more about the exams. Candidates are required to present an original score report to the College of Education and Human Services for verification and notification to the Graduate School. Do not send score reports to the Graduate School.

Other admissions criteria include the submission of a program application, a writing sample, and reference forms. The program application is a separate application from the Graduate School application. The accrediting agency for teacher education requires a separate consideration of every candidate seeking to be a teacher.

The program application includes a self-assessment and career objective, content verification, and a checklist regarding conviction of certain crimes (which may prevent the candidate from being licensed as a teacher by the state of Ohio). The faculty reserves the right to conduct an admission interview. Please visit with a Teacher Licensure Advisor to learn the details of the admissions process to the Middle Childhood Education program.

Licensure Only Candidates - Initial License and Additional License

Candidates who wish to complete licensure or endorsement requirements at the graduate level but do not wish to pursue a graduate degree may be admitted as licensure candidates with the permission of the department in which the programs are housed. Persons pursuing a teacher licensure program are required to complete the Ohio Department of Education prescribed exams for their intended area of licensure.

Licensure only candidates in Middle Childhood Education are typically currently licensed teachers who already hold a Master's degree and only seek an additional license in Middle Childhood Education.

Candidates who are not currently licensed, and wish to be a licensure only candidate are required to complete the same admission criteria stated above.

For additional information:

- Department of Teacher Education (http://education-human-services.wright.edu/teacher-education)

- College of Education and Human Services (http://education-human-services.wright.edu/)

For more information, including degree requirements and graduation plans:

View Middle Childhood Education, MEd on university catalog site - http://catalog.wright.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=2&poid=1372

How to apply: http://www.wright.edu/apply

Graduate Scholarships

Wright State University offers several scholarship opportunities to graduate students, including:
• Graduate assistantships
• Tuition scholarships
• Fellowships
• Stipends

Often these awards require the student to serve in an employment-like capacity for the awarding department or college in order to be eligible and maintain eligibility. Visit the website: https://www.wright.edu/raider-connect/financial-aid/graduate-scholarships

Visit the MEd Middle Childhood Education page on the Wright State University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

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