For applicants who have a bachelor's degree but do not have a license to teach, Otterbein University offers initial licensure programs to prepare teachers for Early Childhood (grades PreK- 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, Integrated Science, Life Science, Chemistry, and Physics at the 7-12 grade levels. Middle Childhood licensure students choose two content teaching areas between Mathematics, Social Studies, Language Arts and Reading, and Science. Otterbein offers Multi-Age licensure programs in Music Education, Spanish, and Visual Art.
This program takes about 2-3 years to complete. This is not a Master's program; all the classes are at the undergraduate level. Individualized schedules are created for students based on their transcript evaluation. Students enjoy the small class sizes and personal attention and support they receive in the field from our expert faculty and teachers.
- Applicants must provide official transcripts from all schools from which they have earned credit.
- Applicants must have received their bachelor's degree and have a minimum cumulative grade point average from all schools attended of a minimum grade point of 2.5.
- Applicants must interview with the Education Advisor.
- Applicants must have acceptable test scores including:
- ACT score of 20 or higher in English and Math OR
- SAT score of 500 or higher in Critical Reading and Math OR
- GRE score of 450 or higher in Verbal or 550 and higher in Quantitative OR
- Praxis I score of 172 or higher in Math and Writing OR Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators scores of Math 150 and Writing 162.
- In addition to required coursework, post-baccalaureate students must complete all standard licensure requirements.
Qualified students who are interested in an initial Middle Childhood license AND have a Bachelor's Degree may choose to pursue a Master of Arts in Teaching degree.
See the Post Baccalaureate Teacher Licensure Program Booklet for more details. For questions or to set up your interview, contact the Graduate Education Advisor.