Bachelor of Science
This program is nationally recognized by the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) and is accredited by CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation) under NCATE Standards (the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education).
THIS IS A DELAWARE LICENSURE/CERTIFICATION PROGRAM WITH CONTENT KNOWLEDGE AND PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENTS. Students taking courses to satisfy certification requirements are personally responsible for verifying with the Delaware Department of Education (or the appropriate licensure/certification authority in another state) that such course work is applicable and acceptable. Students are also responsible for meeting all state-mandated testing requirements and/or teaching experience requirements, and for applying for credentials.
State-approved degree programs contribute to eligibility for licensure/certification as an educator in Delaware public schools. As such, all applicants for a Delaware Initial Teaching License must meet the content and performance assessment requirements described in DE Administrative Code .
By regulation, “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 are dependent on the candidate's area of concentration.
The required assessment is dependent on the candidate’s area of concentration. The exam choices are:
Teacher candidates are expected to complete all requirements associated with the Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Middle Level Education 6-8, 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 the PRAXIS II test which corresponds to the candidate’s area of concentration 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.
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 as low as possible and still meet state certification requirements. 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.
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 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.
Courses required of all Middle Level Education Candidates
CTA 206 Computer Applications
FYE 101 First Year Experience Seminar
ECO 105 Fundamentals of Economics
HIS 204 World History
PHI 100 Introduction to Critical Thinking
SCI 251 Biology I (with Lab)
ENG 121 English Composition I
ENG 122 English Composition II
HUM 381 Contemporary Global Issues
SCI 305 Earth Science (with Lab)
MAT 205 Introductory Survey of Mathematics
Select 2 courses from:
ART 101 Art Appreciation 1
ART 210 Basic Design
ART 245 The Art of Photography
ART 301 Drawing and Painting
ART 302 Drawing
ART 304 Painting
ART 310 Exploring Art Media
ART 315 Watercolor Painting I
DRA 105 Introduction to the Theater
DRA 110 Acting
DSN 110 Fundamentals of Drawing
MUS 101 Music Appreciation
TEC 215 Basic Photography
PSY 332 Adolescent Development
PSY 333 Psychology of the Exceptional Child
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
EDU 102 E-Folio
EDU 203 Instructional Technology
EDU 204 Leadership and Collaboration
EDU 307 Instructional Strategies in Middle Level Education
EDU 308 Teaching in the Middle School
EDU 310 Applied Behavior Analysis and Classroom Culture
EDU 311 Assistive Technology
EDU 313 Classroom Culture and Student Behavior
EPY 304 Advising and Mentoring for Middle School
EPY 201 Development and Implementation of IEPs
EPY 402 Learning Differences and Assessment of Exceptional Children
RDG 308 Diagnosis and Correction of Learning Differences in Reading
EDU 407 Integrated Approaches to Teaching Middle Level Language Arts/Reading
COM 300 Communication Theory
COM 431 Media and Society
ENG 200 English Grammar
ENG 320 Advanced Composition
LIT 205 World/Non-Western Literature
LIT 302 Adolescent Literature
LIT 400 Multicultural Literature
LIT 410 Non-Fiction Literature
EDU 410 Integrated Approaches to Teaching Middle Math
MAT 200 Pre-Calculus
MAT 308 Inferential Statistics
MAT 310 Calculus I
MAT 311 Calculus II
MAT 320 Finite Mathematics
MAT 330 Discrete Math
MAT 331 Geometry
MAT 332 History of Mathematics
EDU 409 Integrated Approaches to Teaching Middle School Science
SCI 252 Biology II (with Lab)
SCI 303 Climate Dynamics
SCI 312 Physics (with Lab)
SCI 315 Applied Chemistry (with Lab)
SCI 321 Technology in the Sciences
EDU 408 Integrated Approaches to Teaching Middle Level Social Science
HIS 300 World and Regional Geography
HIS 316 American History
HIS 324 Delaware History
POL 300 American Politics
POL 326 Public Policy and Social Issues
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 306 Cultural Anthropology
SOC 320 Society and Technology
EDU 390 Practicum I
EDU 391 Practicum II
EDU 392 Practicum III
EDU 451 Student Teaching
EDU 452 Performance Assessment
EDU 452 must be taken in conjunction with EDU 451 Student Teaching