Ohio requires that its teachers have at least a bachelor's degree in a teaching field or complete a teacher preparation program. Below are some of the top colleges and universities in Ohio for aspiring teachers as well as some of the programs available to students.
Whether students are looking to add additional endorsements to their teaching licenses or are pursuing initial licensure as teacher, they're sure to find the appropriate program at one of the many Ohio teaching schools.
Ashland University has a Bachelor Plus Initial Teacher Licensure Program for individuals who have bachelor degrees and want to become teachers but don’t want to earn another degree. This program offers students the choice of 15 different teaching license options. AU also offers an early childhood generalist endorsement that, when added to the early childhood education baccalaureate program, enables teachers to also teach grades 4 and 5.
Central State University has certification/licensure programs in several areas, including adolescent to young adult (grades 7 to 12) in integrated language arts, mathematics, social studies, life science and physical science; early childhood education (Pre K-3); intervention specialist (Pre K-3); middle childhood; and multi-age health, music and physical education.
Cleveland State University offers several licensure-only programs for students that have the degree but lack certification or want to earn additional endorsements. Kent State University also offers several licensure and non-licensure programs.
A large variety of undergraduate teaching programs are available at Ohio universities, including early childhood education, early childhood intervention specialist, middle grades education, special education intervention specialist, and adolescent-young adult secondary programs as well as multi-age programs.
Ashland University also offers 2+2 programs which allow students who have earned associate teaching degrees at approved community colleges to complete the last two years of a bachelor degree program at Ashland University.
A few schools have bachelor’s in education programs in specialized areas, such as a special education degree that offers majors in early childhood intervention specialist, mild/moderate intervention specialist or moderate/intensive intervention specialist, or bachelor degree programs in English as a second language; early childhood education; foreign language; literacy education; middle school education; and adolescent-young adult.
Ashland University offers a Master of Education in Educational Administration program and a M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction degree with concentrations in teaching and learning in the 21st Century; educational technology; literacy and reading instruction; intervention specialist: mild-moderate needs; and talent development education. Cleveland State University offers a master degree program in teaching English to speakers of other languages, as well as master degrees in the same majors that CSU offers at the baccalaureate level.
Kent State University offers a wide variety of both bachelor and master degree programs. KSU’s majors include adolescent and young adult; career technical teacher; curriculum & instruction; early childhood; literacy education; middle childhood; physical education and an accelerated Master of Arts in Teaching program. OSU also has many master degree teaching programs.
Ashland University offers an online Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in educational technology. Consisting of core curriculum and capstone experiences, this graduate program requires completing from 30 to 33 semester hours. AU also offers a 12-hour online Technology for the 21st Century certificate program for teachers who just want to brush up on their skills.
Teaching English to speakers of other languages and technology director endorsements are also offered through AU’s distance learning department. Cleveland State University and Kent State University bother offer several online teaching programs.