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Department of Education

Changing lives, one student at a time.

Otterbein University offers program to prepare teachers for Early Childhood (Pre-K through grade 3), Middle Childhood (grades 4-9), and Secondary (adolescent/young adult, grades 7-12) settings. Our students can be licensed to teach Integrated Language Arts, Integrated Science, Integrated Social Studies, Integrated Mathematics, Life Science, Chemistry, and Physics at the 7-12 grade levels. In certain areas, including Music, Art, Spanish, and Health and Physical Education, students are licensed to teach from Pre-K through grade 12.

The Department of Education is committed to providing a coherent teacher education program that integrates academics with practical experience. Teacher candidates have many opportunities to work in both urban and suburban schools, and field experiences will probably start during your freshman year with your first education course. Our mission is to prepare outstanding teachers who can be responsive to the needs of students.  Learn more about field experiences and student teaching.

Teacher Education Admission Process

Students complete the Application for Admission to Teacher Education (Decision Point 2) during Educ 2000 or 2200 (Educational Psychology) through Taskstream; however, applications are available in the Education Department for use at other times.  Criteria for admission to the Teacher Education Program as well as other Critical Decision Points and Assessment Benchmarks for Teacher Education Candidates may be found in the Teacher Education Program Booklet (for particular program years).  Hard copies of the Teacher Education program booklets for the current year (as well as previous years) can be obtained in the Education Department (Roush Hall, fourth floor). 

Candidates to Teacher Education are reviewed in the semester following the semester in which they applied.  Candidates are notified in writing of the Committee's decision after the admissions meeting of the Teacher Education Committee that following semester.  Questions concerning this process may be directed to Claire Parson, Academic Administrative Assistant. 


Otterbein University and its Teacher Education Program is a member of or is approved by:

  • The Higher Learning Commission
  • The American Association of University Women
  • The Association of American Colleges and Universities
  • The National Association of Schools of Music
  • The Ohio Board of Regents
  • The Ohio College Association
  • The Ohio Department of Education (ODE)
  • The American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education
  • National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)*

Our programs are grounded in national and state standards:

  • Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC)
  • National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
  • Ohio Educator Standards Board

Licensure Programs

We offer licensure programs in:

  • Early Childhood Teaching Licensure
  • Early Childhood Intervention Specialist Licensure
  • Middle Childhood Teaching Licensure
  • Adolescent to Young Adult Teaching Licensure
  • Multi-Age Teaching Licensure
  • Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Education Programs
  • Learn more about Education Licensure Programs. 

General Licensure Information

In addition to course requirements there are several other steps which need to be taken in order to complete Ohio teacher licensure requirements at Otterbein University. ALL steps MUST be completed before your application is sent to the Ohio Department of Education for processing. Learn more about licensure information.

Interested in Graduate School?

Check out Otterbein's graduate education programs.

/ Department of Education

The Department of Education is located in Roush Hall Room 430.

Lindsay Kerka
p/ 614.823.1214
e/ lkerka@otterbein.edu


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