Bachelor of Science

Elementary Education K-6

This program is nationally recognized by the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) and is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) under NCATE Standards (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

This is a Licensure/Certification Program with admission restrictions and exit requirements


In addition to satisfying general requirements for admission to Wilmington University, effective July 1, 2015, applicants for admission to this degree program are required by state regulation to demonstrate mastery of general knowledge. This program-entry requirement can be met by providing qualifying SAT scores and an official score report showing scores (including all sub-scores) on the ETS Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (ETS# 5712, 5722, and 5732). For complete information about Delaware tests and score requirements for educators, go to this website: website.

Test codes and minimum score requirements for the ETS Core Series are:

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

*NOTE: Candidates admitted prior to July 1, 2014 have until July 1, 2015 to satisfy this requirement. For more information about ETS exams (including how to register), go to:

Content and Performance Assessment Requirements

State-approved degree programs contribute to eligibility for licensure/certification as an educator in Delaware public schools. As such, all candidates must meet the content and performance assessment requirements described in DE Administrative Code, Title 14, Regulation 290, in order to be eligible for program completion and degree conferral.
The regulation states, in part:

Content Assessment (This subparagraph shall take effect January 1, 2015).

“Where a content readiness exam is applicable and available in area, subject, or category of specialization sought, the Candidate shall achieve a passing score on an examination as established by the Professional Standards Board, in consultation with the Department and with concurrence of the State Board.”

The assessments and minimum test score requirements established by the Delaware Department of Education for this degree program and for K-6 certification are:

ETS test #5001, Elementary Education Multiple Subjects

(All four tests are required and can be taken separately or together in one sitting)

Reading and Language Arts Subtest (score of 157)
Mathematics Subtest (score of 157)
Social Studies Subtest (score of 155)
Science Subtest (score of 159)

Performance Assessment (This subparagraph shall take effect July 1, 2016.)

“Where a performance assessment is applicable and available in an area appropriate to the Program in which a Candidate is enrolled, the Candidate shall achieve a passing score as a requirement to Exit the Program. The performance assessment may not be scored by any employees of the Educator Preparation Program or Unit, and shall be scored by Certified Reviewers.”

The assessment selected by Wilmington University to satisfy this requirement is the Praxis Performance Assessment for Teachers (PPAT). This assessment is administered and scored by ETS. Delaware minimum score requirements have not yet been set by the Delaware Professional Standards Board.

Candidates must check with their program advisors or program chairs to obtain current and accurate information related to the assessments and minimum scores that are required. Candidates must pass all exit assessments in order to be eligible for program completion and degree conferral.

Program Requirements

Teacher candidates are expected to complete all requirements associated with the Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Elementary Education K-6, including all course work and clinical experiences. The College of Education sets a required minimum grade of “C-” for all Education core courses (ECE, EDU, RDG, and EPY), and an overall cumulative GPA (grade point average) of 3.0.

Teacher candidates starting their programs in Fall 2013 or later must pass (using Delaware minimum score requirements) all sections of the PRAXIS Core: Reading, Mathematics and Writing (or relevant exemption test) prior to registration for Practicum I (EDU 390 Available Online), and all four sections of PRAXIS II, test #5001 (Elementary Education Multiple Subjects), prior to registration for the capstone clinical experience (student teaching/internship).

Teacher candidates must designate Wilmington University and the Delaware Department of Education as score recipients at the time the tests are taken, and also provide a paper copy of the ETS score report that includes all scores and sub-scores. COMPLETE score reports must be received in the College of Education main office (Peoples Building, New Castle).

Teacher candidates must register for EDU 102 E-Folio, and EDU 203 Available Online as first courses in the program.

The first course that is required as a pre-requisite for all other education courses is EDU 203 Available Online, Instructional Technology. In this course, teacher candidates will learn to use a variety of technological applications and venues to enhance instruction.

Fieldwork Requirements

Practicum Courses (Practicum I, II, III)

Each of these courses requires 50 hours of field experience in an approved school setting plus 30 hours of required seminars. Although Practicum courses only require candidates to register and pay for one (1) credit for each course, the courses are actually structured as three (3) credit courses. The reason for this approach is to keep the total credit hours required for the degree to 126. Otherwise, candidates would have to register and pay for an additional 6 credits. This benefit represents a tuition cost savings of more than $2,000.

All practicum placements are arranged by the Office of Clinical Studies in accordance with school district partnership agreements and placement protocols. Final placement decisions are made by school district officials. Candidates are not permitted to seek or make arrangements for their own placements.

The 50 hours of field experience required for each practicum will usually take place in the county where the candidate attends the seminars, although this may vary depending on availability of practicum placement classrooms. A sealed Federal and Delaware CBC (Criminal Background Check) Report, a recent TB/PPD (less than a year old) and a completed CPR (Child Protection Registry Form) are required. For students entering the program as of Fall 2013, passing PRAXIS (core) scores are required.

Capstone Clinical Experience (Student Teaching/Internship)

All placements are arranged by placement specialists in the WilmU Office of Clinical Studies in accordance with school district partnership agreements and protocols. However, final placement decisions are made by school district officials and are based on school and district needs and the availability of school-based mentors who are rated as highly-qualified and effective. Candidates are not permitted to seek or make arrangements for their own placements.

The capstone clinical experience (is a full-time, full-day placement ranging from 80 school days to one full school year in an approved setting and in a content area/grade level that corresponds to a candidate's program concentration.

Registration for the capstone clinical experience requires prior approval from the Office of Clinical Studies and the following: 3.00 cumulative GPA, no Incomplete grades, passing PRAXIS Core and PRAXIS II scores, a sealed Federal and Delaware CBC (Criminal Background Check) Report, a recent TB/PPD (less than a year old), a completed CPR (Child Protection Registry Form) and a completed health form.


General Education Requirements (48 credits)

CTA 206 Available Online Computer Applications

ECO 105 Available Online Fundamentals of Economics

ENG 121 Available Online English Composition I

ENG 122 Available Online English Composition II

HIS 300 Available Online World and Regional Geography

HIS 316 Available Online American History

HIS 320 Available Online Global Civilizations

MAT 201 Mathematics for Teachers I

MAT 202 Mathematics for Teachers II

MAT 304 Mathematics for Teachers III

PHI 100 Available Online  Introduction to Critical Thinking

POL 300 Available Online American Politics

SCI 232 Available Online Life and Environmental Science with Lab

SCI 305 Available Online Earth and Space Science with Lab

SCI 307 Physical Science with Lab

General Education/
Behavioral Science Electives (3 credits)

Select 1 course from:

ENG 131 Available Online; PSY 101 Available Online; SPA 301


Fine Arts Electives (6 credits)

Select 2 courses from:
ART 101 Available Online, ART 202 Available Online, ART 210, ART 245,ART 301, ART 302, ART 304, ART 310, ART 315; DRA 105, DRA 110, DRA 140, DRA 200; DSN 110 Available Online, DRA 307, DRA 330; DSN 110 Available Online; MUS 101 Available Online, MUS 201; TEC 215

Behavioral Science Core (6 credits)

PSY 333 Available Online Psychology of the Exceptional Child

PSY 336 Available Online Child Development

Education Core (36 credits)

EDU 102 E-folio Portfolio

EDU 203 Available Online Instructional Technology

ECE 214 Available Online Creating Environments for Learning

EDU 202 Available Online School Involvement with Families and Community

EDU 304 Available Online Health and Physical Education

EDU 310 Available Online Applied Behavior Analysis and Classroom Culture

EDU 311 Available Online Assistive Technology

EPY 301 Available Online Assessment of Exceptional Children and IEPs

EPY 306 Available Online Educational Psychology and Assessment

EPY 401 Available Online Teaching Diverse Populations/Exceptional Children

RDG 300 Available Online Language Development and Early Literacy

RDG 301 Available Online Teaching of Reading/Writing

RDG 302 Available Online Literature for Children

RDG 306 Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Difficulties

Clinical Components (27 credits)

EDU 390 Available Online Practicum I

EDU 391 Practicum II

EDU 392 Practicum III

EDU 402 Integrated Approaches to Teaching
Elementary Language Arts/Reading

EDU 403 Integrated Approaches to Teaching
Elementary Social Sciences

EDU 404 Integrated Approaches to Teaching
Elementary Science

EDU 405 Integrated Approaches to Teaching
Elementary Math

EDU 451 Student Teaching

EDU 499 Clinical Assessment in the Classroom
(This course must be taken in conjunction with EDU 451, Student Teaching.)

Program Option

It may be possible for undergraduate Elementary K-6 candidates to achieve additional certification in special education by fulfilling the coursework requirements as stipulated by the Professional Standards Board in Delaware Code §1571. However, this regulation is currently under review. Candidates should consult with their program advisors or program chairs for the most current information on this issue.

Suggested Program Sequence


Semester 1 Semester 2
CTA 206 Available Online EDU 390 Available Online
EDU 102 ENG 122 Available Online
EDU 203 Available Online HIS 300 Available Online
ENG 121 Available Online HIS 316 Available Online
MAT 201 MAT 202
PHI 100 Available Online RDG 300 Available Online


Semester 1 Semester 2
ECO 105 Available Online EDU 202 Available Online
EDU 391 EPY 301 Available Online
MAT 304 EPY 306 Available Online
PSY 336 Available Online RDG 302 Available Online
SCI 232 Available Online SCI 305 Available Online
Fine Arts Elective SCI 307


Semester 1 Semester 2
ECE 214 Available Online EDU 310 Available Online
EDU 392 EDU 311 Available Online
PSY 333 Available Online EDU 402
RDG 301 Available Online EDU 405
ENG 131 Available Online, PSY 101 Available Online, or SPA 301 POL 300 Available Online
Fine Arts Elective  


Semester 1 Semester 2
EDU 304 Available Online EDU 451
EDU 403 EDU 499
EDU 404  
EPY 401 Available Online  
RDG 306  

This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2015-2016 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2015 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.