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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 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. You will have many opportunities to work in both urban and suburban schools, and your 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.


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

  • The North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.
  • The American Association of University Women
  • The Association of American Colleges and Universities
  • The National Association of Schools of Music
  • 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)*
  • *The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education is a non-profit, non-governmental organization founded in 1954. More than 30 national associations representing the education profession at large make up the council. NCATE accreditation is a mark of distinction, and provides recognition that the education program has met national professional standards for the preparation of teachers and other educators. In NCATE’s performance-based accreditation system, institutions must provide evidence of competent teacher candidate performance. Teacher candidates must know their subject matter and how to teach effectively so that all students learn.

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
  • Praxis/Pathwise

Licensure Programs

We offer licensure programs in:

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

General Licensure Information

In addition to course requirements there are several other steps which need to be taken in order to complete 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.

Interested in Graduate School?

Check out Otterbein's graduate education programs.

News & Events

Westerville City Schools Innovation Summit, April 3
Westerville City School District staff, students and community members are invited to gather in the Westerville Central High School auditorium April 3 from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. for an Innovation Summit. During the event, multiple speakers, each having 8 minutes or less, will share their thoughts on education today, as well as future and transformative trends in education ... reflective dialogue and opportunities to discuss what was heard with others will immediately follow the speakers. Westerville Central is located at 7118 Mt. Royal Avenue. Check-in begins at 4:00 p.m., with the program scheduled to start at 4:15 p.m.

To register, please visit http://www.westerville.k12.oh.us/workshops/view.aspx?wid=17. This opportunity is OPEN and FREE to ALL! For further information, contact Kenny Lee at 614/797-6029 or Dr. Scott Ebbrecht at 614/797-5884.

/ Department of Education

Claire Parson
Roush Hall 430
p/ 614.823.1214
e/ cparson@otterbein.edu


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