Bachelor of Science
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).
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.
Praxis Testing Requirements
Prior to placement for student teaching/internship in secondary education, candidates must pass three of the four subtests on the ETS test #7811, Elementary Education: Content Knowledge for licensure/certification as an elementary teacher (grades K-6). Candidates may meet the qualifying score on one of the subtest and apply for Multiple Measures.
Test takers should designate Wilmington University and the Delaware Department of Education as score recipients. This enables scores to be sent directly, confidentially, and electronically to the University and to the DE Department of Education.
NOTE: Wilmington University is obligated to modify educator preparation program requirements to comply with any regulatory mandates/changes of the Delaware Department of Education.
ETS test #7811, Elementary Education: Content Knowledge for Teaching (CKT)
(All four tests are required and can be taken separately or together in one sitting)
#7812 Reading and Language Arts Subtest
#7813 Mathematics Subtest
#7814 Science Subtest
#7815 Social Studies Subtest
Please note that state-mandated licensure/certification exams and minimum score requirements are subject to change by the Delaware Department of Education. Any changes mandated by the Department of Education will be implemented as required by state regulation.
The College of Education and Liberal Arts at Wilmington University requires students pursuing teacher preparation degrees to take the Praxis Performance Assessment for Teachers (PPAT) in order to qualify for program completion and degree conferral. The performance assessment is not scored by any employees of the University. It is scored by Nationally Certified ETS Reviewers not associated with Wilmington University. Completing this assessment is a student teaching requirement. Candidates must check with their supervisors, program advisors or program chairs to obtain current and accurate information related score expectations.
Teacher candidates must register for EDU 102 E-Folio and EDU 203 Instructional Technology as the first courses in the program. These courses are prerequisites for all other education courses.
All fieldwork placements are arranged by the Office of Clinical Studies in accordance with school district partnership agreements and placement protocols. However, final placement decisions are made by school district officials in coordination with placement specialists 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 arrange their own placements.
Practicum Courses (Practicum I, II, III)
Each of these three courses requires 60 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 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. 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 in coordination with the Office of Clinical Studies placement specialists. Candidates are not permitted to seek or arrange for their own placements. The 60 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.
To be considered for placement in a K-6 school setting, teacher candidates must complete the Practicum Fieldwork application in Watermark by the deadlines of February 1 for placement in Fall (September) and August 1 for placement in Spring (January). At the time of application, 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. To be eligible for registration into Practicum III, all required Praxis exams must have been attempted.
Capstone Clinical Experience (Student Teaching/Internship)
The capstone clinical experience is a full-time, full-day, Monday through Friday, placement of 80 school days in an approved setting and in a content area/grade level that corresponds to a candidate's program concentration. A full immersion, Yearlong Residency option may also be available. Check with a Program Chair for more information.
Teacher candidates must apply to the Office of Clinical Studies for a Student Teaching/Internship placement for the Fall semester (September) by February 1 or for the Spring semester (January) by August 1. Student Teaching/Teaching Internship applications are to be submitted electronically in Watermark. Applications do NOT take the place of registering for Student Teaching/Internship. Registration and payment of all fees, including laboratory fees for Student Teaching/Internship, are still required. At the time of application, a new and sealed Federal and Delaware CBC (Criminal Background Check) Report, a new TB/PPD, a completed health form, and a completed CPR (Child Protection Registry Form) are required. For Practicum I and Student Teaching Internship (clearances submitted for Practicum I hold firm for all three Practica: I, II, and III).
Placement and registration requirements include the following: Passing and/or Qualifying scores (see above) on the relevant PRAXIS II exam, a 3.0 grade point average, completion of all teacher preparation and content coursework, and a completed application in Watermark and all required clearance items. 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 in coordination with the Office of Clinical Studies placement specialists 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 arrange their own placements.
NOTE: Registration for EDU 451, Student Teaching/Internship, requires a 3.00 grade point average, successful completion of all other coursework, passing scores on all required Praxis exams, and an approved application from the Office of Clinical Studies.
326 Praxis Preparation in Reading/Language Arts
EDU 327 Praxis Preparation in Science
EDU 328 Praxis Preparation in Social Sciences
EDU 329 Praxis Preparation Mathematics
CTA 206 Computer Applications
FYE 101 First Year Experience Seminar
ECO 105 Fundamentals of Economics
MAT 201 Mathematics for Teachers I
MAT 202 Mathematics for Teachers II
MAT 304 Mathematics for Teachers III
PHI 100 Introduction to Critical Thinking
BIO 251 Biology I (with Lab)
ENV 305 Earth Science (with Lab)
SCI 307 Physical Science (with Lab)
ENG 121 English Composition I
ENG 122 English Composition II
ENG 320 Advanced Composition
HIS 302 Social Studies for Elementary Teachers
HIS 316 American History
POL 300 American Politics
Select 2 courses from:
ART 101 Art Appreciation 1
ART 203 Non-Western Art
ART 210 Basic Design
ART 301 Drawing and Painting
ART 302 Drawing
ART 304 Painting
ART 315 Watercolor Painting
COM 431 Media and Society
DRA 105 Introduction to the Theater
DRA 110 Acting
DSN 210 Basic Photoshop
DSN 110 Fundamentals of Drawing
HIS 230 History of Art and Design
MUS 101 Music Appreciation
SPA 301 Practical Spanish I
TEC 215 Basic Photography
PSY 333 Psychology of the Exceptional Child
PSY 336 Child Development
EDU 102 E-Folio
EDU 203 Instructional Technology
ECE 214 Creating Environments for Learning
EDU 304 Health and Physical Education
EDU 310 Applied Behavior Analysis and Classroom Culture
EDU 311 Assistive Technology
EDU 204 Leadership and Collaboration
EDU 314 Instructional Strategies in Elementary Education
EDU 315 Learner Development and Numeracy
EPY 201 Development and Implementation of IEPs
EPY 402 Learning Differences and Assessment of Exceptional Children
RDG 203 Learner Development and Early Literacy
RDG 308 Diagnosis and Correction of Learning Differences in Reading
EDU 402 Integrated Methods to Teaching Elementary Language Arts/Reading
EDU 403 Integrated Methods to Teaching Elementary Social Studies
EDU 404 Integrated Methods to Teaching Elementary Science
EDU 405 Integrated Methods to Teaching Elementary Math
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
EDU 203, EDU 204, EDU 308, EDU 310, EDU 311 EDU 315, EDU 390, EDU 391, EDU 392, EDU 402, EDU 403, EDU 404, EDU 405, EDU 407, EDU 408, EDU 409, EDU 410, EDU 451, EDU 452, EPY 402, RDG 308
This is a state-approved degree program which contributes to eligibility for a State of Delaware Initial Teaching License and Certification as an elementary teacher, Grades K-6 (EPY 201, EDU 310, EDU 311, EPY 402, and RDG 308). The program also includes all the coursework necessary for Delaware certification as a Special Education teacher in all subjects Grades K-6. To qualify for the additional certification in Special Education, candidates need to take and pass ETS Praxis II Exam #5354, Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications. The minimum score requirement for Delaware is 151.
This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2023-2024 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2022 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.