Teacher Education Programs
ONU offers teacher preparation in 16 licensure areas for the state of Ohio. Teacher candidates must complete all degree, major, and licensure requirements to qualify for the initial Four-Year Resident Educator licensure.
Students in the Department of Education major in either Early Childhood (PreK-3) or Middle Childhood (4-9) Education. Early Childhood Education majors may also complete additional course work for the Early Childhood endorsement to add grades 4-5 to the Ohio teaching license. Middle Childhood Education majors may complete additional course work for the Middle Childhood Generalist endorsement to add grades 4-6 non-concentration areas to the Ohio teaching license.
Additional Teacher Licensure Areas
Students interested in teaching in other areas major in the area of teaching interest and, in the Department of Education, complete the additional course work required for Adolescent/Young Adult (AYA 7-12) or Multi-Age (MA PreK-12) teacher licensure. For example, a student wanting to teach high school biology would major in biology and complete the additional course work required for licensure in the Department of Education.
ONU's degree program in engineering education is the first of its kind in Ohio and one of the first in the nation. The four-year engineering degree prepares graduates to become licensed secondary math teachers but with a more specialized perspective than teachers who have a traditional education diploma. The program combines a general engineering degree with the required education and math courses to earn a teaching licensure in integrated mathematics (7-12). >>>>>
Ohio Northern University and Bluffton University have collaborated to provide undergraduate teacher education candidates at both institutions with enhanced opportunities during their professional teacher preparation. Ohio Northern University students can travel 15 minutes north to Bluffton University to complete the required course work for the Intervention Specialist - Special Needs (IS) teacher education license or the Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) endorsement which are currently unavailable through ONU. As part of their semester course load at ONU, students register through Ohio Northern University for courses to be completed at Bluffton University. There are no additional costs to the ONU student.
Dr. Deb Gallagher Instructs a Teacher Education Student