Middle Level Education (Grades 6-8)

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.

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 applicants for a Delaware Initial Teaching License must meet the content and performance assessment requirements described in DE Administrative Code .

Content Assessment 

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:

Test Score
ETS 5047 English Language Arts 164
ETS 5440 Science 150
ETS 5169 Mathematics 165
ETS 5089 Social Studies 164

Performance Assessment

The State of Delaware requires that new teachers achieve a passing score on a state-approved performance assessment in order to be fully licensed. The performance assessment may not be scored by any employees of the Educator Preparation Program or Unit. It is scored by Nationally Certified ETS Reviewers not associated with Wilmington University. The assessment used by Wilmington University to satisfy this requirement is the Praxis Performance Assessment for Teachers (PPAT).

Completing this assessment is a student teaching requirement. 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.

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 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.

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 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

General Education Requirements (32 credits)

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

Fine Arts Requirements (6 credits)

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

Social and Behavioral Science Courses (9 credits)

PSY 332 Adolescent Development

PSY 333 Psychology of the Exceptional Child

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology

Education Courses (33 credits)

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

Content Area Courses

English/LA Content

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

Mathematics Content

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

Science Content

EDU 409 Integrated Approaches to Teaching Middle School Science

MAT 200 Pre-Calculus

MAT 308 Inferential Statistics

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

Social Studies Content

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

Clinical Components (15 credits)

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


This is a state-approved degree program which contributes to eligibility for a State of Delaware Initial Teaching License and Certification as a classroom teacher in Grades 6-8.  The program also includes all the coursework necessary for Delaware certification as a Special Education teacher, Grades 6-8, in the content area(s) that correspond to a candidate’s content area major (English Language Arts, Social Studies, Science or Mathematics). 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).  It is highly recommended that candidates obtain certification in special education, as this is required by many schools and school districts.