Education

Bachelor of Science

Middle Level Education (Grades 6-8)

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 LICENSURE/CERTIFICATION PROGRAM WITH ADMISSION RESTRICTONS AND EXIT REQUIREMENTS

Admission

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, visit the State of Delaware 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: http://www.ets.org/praxis/

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 Middle Level 6-8 certification are:

The required assessment is dependent on the candidate’s area of concentration. The exam choices are:

English Language Arts, ETS test #5047 Middle School Language Arts (score of 164)

Mathematics, ETS test #5169, Middle School Mathematics (score of 165)

Science, ETS test #5440, Middle School Science (score of 150)

Social Studies, ETS test # 5089, Middle School Social Studies (score of 164)

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 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 (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 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, 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).

EDU 102 E-Folio and EDU 203 Available Online Instructional Technology are prerequisites for all other education core courses (ECE, EDU, RDG, and EPY).

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.

Curriculum

Courses required of all Middle Level Education Candidates:

General Education Requirements (30 credits)

CTA 206 Computer Applications
or
FYE 101 Available Online First Year Experience

ECO 105 Available Online Fundamentals of Economics

ENG 121 Available Online English Composition I

ENG 122 Available Online English Composition II

ENG 131 Available Online Public Speaking

HIS 204 Available Online World History

HUM 360 Available Online Human World Views: 3500 BCE-1650 AD
or
HUM 361 Available Online Human World Views: 1650 AD-Present

PHI 100 Available Online  Introduction to Critical Thinking

SCI 232 Available Online Life and Environmental Science

Fine Arts Elective (choose one) (3 credits)

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

Education Core/Clinical Components (48 credits)

EDU 102 E-folio

EDU 203 Available Online (formerly EDU 401) Instructional Technology

EDU 202 Available Online School Involvement with Families and Communities

EDU 303 Available Online Contemporary Theories and Practices in Middle Level Education

EDU 306 Available Online Effective Teaching Strategies

EDU 312 Available Online Integrated Curriculum in Schools

EDU 313 Available Online Classroom Culture and Student Behavior

EDU 390 Available Online Practicum I

EDU 391 Practicum II

EDU 392 Practicum III

EDU 451 Student Teaching

EDU 499 Clinical Assessment in the Classroom

EPY 302 Available Online Educational Assessment

EPY 303 Available Online Advising Mentoring and Counseling Techniques

EPY 401 Available Online Teaching Diverse Populations and Exceptional Children

PSY 332 Available Online Adolescent Development

PSY 333 Available Online Psychology of the Exceptional Child

RDG 305 Available Online Reading in the Content Area

Courses required for Content Area Concentrations and Minors (45 credits)

Courses required for the Math concentration

EDU 410 Integrated Approaches to Teaching
Middle Level Math

MAT 121 Available Online College Math I

MAT 200 Available Online Pre-Calculus

MAT 308 Available Online Inferential Statistics

MAT 310 Calculus I

MAT 311 Calculus II

MAT 320 Finite Math

MAT 330 Discrete Math

MAT 331 Geometry

MAT 332 History of Math

Courses required for Math concentrations
with specific minor concentrations:

Math/Science

EDU 409 Integrated Approaches to Teaching
Middle Level Science

MAT 201 Math for Teachers

SCI 305 Available Online Earth and Space Science (with Lab)

SCI 312 Available Online Physics (4 credits)

SCI 315 Available Online Applied Chemistry

 

Math/Social Science

EDU 408 Integrated Approaches to Teaching Social Science

HIS 300 Available Online World and Regional Geography

HIS 316 Available Online American History

POL 300 Available Online American Politics

POL 326 Available Online Public Policy and Social Issues

SOC 101 Available Online Introduction to Sociology

 

Math/English

COM 300 Available Online Communication Theory

EDU 407 Integrated Approaches to Teaching
Middle Level Language Arts/Reading

ENG 200 English Grammar

LIT 332 Available Online Major American Writers
or LIT 333 Available Online African American Literature

RDG 300 Available Online Language Development and Early Literacy

RDG 302 Available Online Literature for Children

Courses required for the Science concentration:

EDU 396 Environmental Education Practicum

EDU 409 Integrated Approaches to Teaching
Middle Level Science

MAT 121 Available Online College Math I

MAT 200 Available Online Pre-Calculus

SCI 305 Available Online Earth and Space Science w/lab

SCI 308 Statistics for the Sciences

SCI 312 Available Online Physics w/ lab (4 credits)

SCI 315 Available Online Applied Chemistry w/lab

SCI 321 Available Online Technology in the Sciences

Courses required for Science concentrations
with specific minor concentrations:

Science/Math

EDU 410 Integrated Approaches to Teaching
Middle Level Math

MAT 201 Math for Teachers

MAT 310 Calculus I

MAT 311 Calculus II

MAT 320 Finite Math

MAT 331 Geometry

 

Science/Social Science

EDU 408 Integrated Approaches to Teaching
Middle Level Social Science

HIS 300 Available Online World and Regional Geography

HIS 316 Available Online American History

POL 300 Available Online American Politics

POL 326 Available Online Public Policy and Social Issues

SOC 101 Available Online Introduction to Sociology

 

Science/English

COM 300 Available Online Communication Theory

EDU 407 Integrated Approaches to Teaching
Middle Level Language Arts/Reading

ENG 200 Eng Gram

LIT 332 Available Online Major American Writers
or LIT 333 Available Online African American Literature

RDG 300 Available Online Language Development and Early Literacy

RDG 302 Available Online Literature for Children

 

Courses required for the English concentration

COM 300 Available Online Communication Theory

COM 431 Available Online Media and Society

EDU 407 Integrated Approaches to Teaching
Middle Level Language Arts and Reading

ENG 200 English Grammar

ENG 205 Available Online History of the English Language

ENG 320 Available Online Advanced Composition

LIT 205 Available Online World/Non-Western Literature

LIT 332 Available Online Major American Writers
or LIT 333 Available Online African American Literature

RDG 300 Available Online Language Development and Early Literature

RDG 302 Available Online Literature for Children

Courses required for English concentrations
with specific minor concentrations:

English/Math

EDU 410 Integrated Approaches to Teaching
Middle Level Math

MAT 121 Available Online College Math I

MAT 200 Available Online Pre-Calculus

MAT 201 Math for Teachers

MAT 308 Available Online Inferential Statistics

MAT 320 Finite Math

 

English/Social Science

EDU 408 Integrated Approaches to Teaching
Middle Level Social Sciences

HIS 316 Available Online American History

MAT 205 Available Online Introductory Survey of Mathematics

POL 300 Available Online American Politics

POL 326 Available Online Public Policy and Social Issues

SOC 101 Available Online Introduction to Sociology

 

English/Science

EDU 409 Integrated Approaches to Teaching
Middle Level Math

MAT 205 Available Online Introductory Survey of Mathematics

SCI 305 Available Online Earth and Space

SCI 312 Available Online Physics (4 credits)

SCI 315 Available Online Applied Chemistry

 

Courses required for the Social Sciences concentration:

EDU 408 Integrated Approaches to Teaching
Middle Level Social Studies

HIS 300 Available Online World and Regional Geography

HIS 316 Available Online American History

HIS 317 Available Online Military History

POL 300 Available Online American Politics

POL 326 Available Online Public Policy and Social Change

SOC 101 Available Online Introduction to Sociology

SOC 201 Cultural Anthropology

SOC 320 Available Online Society and Technology

Courses required for Social Sciences concentrations
with specific minor concentrations:

Social Science/Math

EDU 410 Integrated Approaches to Teaching
Middle Level Math

MAT 121 Available Online College Math I

MAT 200 Available Online Pre-Calculus

MAT 201 Math for Teachers

MAT 308 Available Online Inferential Statistics

MAT 320 Finite Mathematics

PSY 101 Available Online Introduction to Psychology

 

Social Science/English

COM 300 Available Online Communication Theory

EDU 407 Integrated Approaches to Teaching
Middle Level Language Arts/Reading

ENG 200 English Grammar

LIT 332 Available Online Major American Writers
or LIT 333 Available Online African American Literature

MAT 205 Available Online Introductory Survey of Mathematics

RDG 300 Available Online Language Development and Early Literacy

RDG 302 Available Online Literature for Children

MAT 205 Available Online Introductory Survey of Mathematics

 

Social Science/Science

EDU 409 Integrated Approaches to Teaching
Middle Level Science

MAT 121 Available Online College Math I

MAT 200 Available Online Pre-Calculus

SCI 305 Available Online Earth and Space Science with Lab

SCI 312 Available Online Physics (4 credits)

SCI 315 Available Online Applied Chemistry with Lab

Suggested Program Sequence

Freshman

Semester 1 Semester 2
CTA 206 or FYE 101 Available Online EDU 303 Available Online
EDU 102 EDU 390 Available Online
EDU 203 Available Online ENG 122 Available Online
ENG 121 Available Online HIS 204 Available Online
MAT 121 Available Online or MAT 205 Available Online PHI 100 Available Online
SCI 232 Available Online Minor

Sophomore

Semester 1 Semester 2
ECO 105 Available Online EPY 303 Available Online
EDU 391 PSY 332 Available Online
ENG 131 Available Online Concentration
Concentration Concentration
Concentration Concentration
Minor Minor

Junior

Semester 1 Semester 2
EDU 392 EDU 312 Available Online
EPY 302 Available Online EDU 313 Available Online
PSY 333 Available Online HUM 360 Available Online or HUM 361 Available Online
RDG 305 Available Online Concentration
Concentration Concentration
Concentration/Minor Minor

Senior

Semester 1 Semester 2
EDU 202 Available Online EDU 451
EDU 306 Available Online EDU 499
EPY 401 Available Online  
Fine Art Elective  
Methods (Concentration)  
Methods (Minor)  

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.