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: http://regulations.delaware.gov/AdminCode/title14/1500/1510.shtml website.
Test codes and minimum score requirements for the ETS Core Series are:
|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 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.
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 ), 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).
The first course that is required as a pre-requisite for all other education courses is EDU 203 , Instructional Technology. In this course, teacher candidates will learn to use a variety of technological applications and venues to enhance instruction.
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 Computer Applications
ECO 105 Fundamentals of Economics
ENG 121 English Composition I
ENG 122 English Composition II
HIS 300 World and Regional Geography
HIS 316 American History
HIS 320 Global Civilizations
MAT 201 Mathematics for Teachers I
MAT 202 Mathematics for Teachers II
MAT 304 Mathematics for Teachers III
PHI 100 Introduction to Critical Thinking
POL 300 American Politics
SCI 232 Life and Environmental Science with Lab
SCI 305 Earth and Space Science with Lab
SCI 307 Physical Science with Lab
Behavioral Science Electives (3 credits)
Select 1 course from:
Fine Arts Electives (6 credits)
Select 2 courses from:
ART 101 , ART 202 , ART 210, ART 245,ART 301, ART 302, ART 304, ART 310, ART 315; DRA 105, DRA 110, DRA 140, DRA 200; DSN 110 , DRA 307, DRA 330; DSN 110 ; MUS 101 , MUS 201; TEC 215
Behavioral Science Core (6 credits)
PSY 333 Psychology of the Exceptional Child
PSY 336 Child Development
Education Core (36 credits)
EDU 102 E-folio Portfolio
EDU 203 Instructional Technology
ECE 214 Creating Environments for Learning
EDU 202 School Involvement with Families and Community
EDU 304 Health and Physical Education
EDU 310 Applied Behavior Analysis and Classroom Culture
EDU 311 Assistive Technology
EPY 301 Assessment of Exceptional Children and IEPs
EPY 306 Educational Psychology and Assessment
EPY 401 Teaching Diverse Populations/Exceptional Children
RDG 300 Language Development and Early Literacy
RDG 301 Teaching of Reading/Writing
RDG 302 Literature for Children
RDG 306 Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Difficulties
Clinical Components (27 credits)
EDU 390 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
EDU 405 Integrated Approaches to Teaching
EDU 451 Student Teaching
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||EDU 390|
|EDU 102||ENG 122|
|EDU 203||HIS 300|
|ENG 121||HIS 316|
|MAT 201||MAT 202|
|PHI 100||RDG 300|
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|ECO 105||EDU 202|
|EDU 391||EPY 301|
|MAT 304||EPY 306|
|PSY 336||RDG 302|
|SCI 232||SCI 305|
|Fine Arts Elective||SCI 307|
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|ECE 214||EDU 310|
|EDU 392||EDU 311|
|PSY 333||EDU 402|
|RDG 301||EDU 405|
|ENG 131 , PSY 101 , or SPA 301||POL 300|
|Fine Arts Elective|
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|EDU 304||EDU 451|
|EDU 403||EDU 499|
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.