Education Studies

Bachelor of Science


A student wishing to become licensed/certified in the state of Delaware will be transitioned into a parallel teacher preparation program upon submitting qualifying SAT scores and Delaware Department of Education minimal qualifying passing Praxis Series Core Academic Skills for Educator scores including all sub-scores. All courses successfully completed as part of their Education Studies degree will seamlessly transfer to their licensure/certificate program.

About the Program

This is the entry-level major for all students seeking a Bachelor’s degree in education at Wilmington University.  All new and transfer Bachelor’s degree candidates entering the College of Education on or after July 1, 2014 will automatically be enrolled as Education Studies majors. (Students who entered before July 1, 2014 will have until July 1, 2015 to pass all sections of Praxis (core). After that date, majors will be changed to Education Studies until Praxis (core) is passed.)

The Education Studies degree is designed for those who want to work with children and youth in positions that do not require state licensure/certification, or who may want to enter a teacher licensure/certification program at a later date, or who may want to gain a strong general foundation in areas such as learning theory, educational psychology, child development, and education best practices in preparation for a variety of other occupations and career paths.

The Education Studies degree provides students with three possible areas of concentration: Early Childhood Education (birth – grade 2), Elementary Education (grades K-6), and Middle Level Education (grades 6-8).  Students choosing the Middle Level Education concentration will also choose a major and a minor content area, combining any of the following: English, Social Studies, Mathematics, or Science. 

Education Studies degrees do not qualify recipients for state licensure and/or certification.

Licensure/Certification Option

Once admitted to the Education Studies degree program, students have the option of remaining in that major and completing the Bachelor of Science in Education Studies, or, upon achieving standardized test scores that meet minimum standards set by the Delaware Department of Education, applying for admission to a parallel teacher licensure/certification program.  Education Studies majors should contact an Academic Advisor or the Program Chair to learn more about this option and about the process of application and acceptance into a licensure/certification program.

After May 31, 2014, applicants for admission to any teacher licensure/certification program must achieve passing scores on all three tests in the ETS Praxis Series Core Academic Skills for Educators

Test Minimum Score
ETS 5712 Reading 156
ETS 5722 Writing 162
ETS 5732 150

Information about these tests can be accessed at

Education Studies majors who change to a licensure/certification program will not lose any course credits, because all education courses that were successfully completed in the Education Studies degree are transferable to a parallel licensure/certification degree program and concentration (Early Childhood, Elementary, or Middle Level).  However, an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 is required in order to enter the clinical phase of all teacher licensure/certification programs (practica, student teaching, internships). 

This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2016-2017 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2016 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.