Those seeking a teaching career in Ohio can find education programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Programs preparing students for teacher licensure are usually at the associate's degree level for preschool teachers and at the bachelor's or master's degree level for elementary, middle school and secondary school teachers. Depending on the program, students may choose a subject they wish to teach or choose a focus, like gifted or special education. As part of their program requirements, students complete supervised student teaching at nearby schools and may also visit schools for classroom observations.
Ohio State University - Main Campus
Ohio State University - Main Campus is located in the city of Columbus and enrolls more than 57,000 students each year. The school offers numerous degree options for those seeking various types of teaching certification, including a bachelor's program in early and middle childhood education and a master's program in education.
The bachelor's degree program is generally intended for those planning to continue their postsecondary schooling in pursuit of a Master of Education. Some topics studied include introductory sociology, mathematics for teachers, special education, cultural anthropology, child guidance and the history of modern education. Throughout the program, students engage in field experiences and develop practical teaching skills.
Students in the master's degree program earn certification in about five quarters while participating in a graduate-level teaching program in a subject of their choice. Available specializations can be age-specific - such as early childhood and middle childhood education - or subject-specific, such as mathematics, science, drama or technology education. All students must also complete a final project.
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University of Cincinnati - Main Campus
Located in Cincinnati, the University of Cincinnati - Main Campus enrolls more than 34,000 students yearly. Through the College of Education, it offers several programs to help students prepare for and earn teacher certification, including associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs.
The associate's degree program in early childhood care and education certifies graduates to teach at the pre-kindergarten level. Students must choose to concentrate in either preschool or infant/toddler education. They must also complete a preschool internship and a student-teaching program. Those pursuing a bachelor's degree can choose between several Bachelor of Science (BS) programs in fields such as early childhood education, middle school education and secondary education. (The early childhood education program is offered online.) Middle and secondary education programs are divided into subjects, such as social studies, math and language arts.
The school's Master of Education programs provide more advanced training and can also lead to positions in postsecondary teaching fields. Programs are available in early childhood, middle and secondary education. Others emphasize instructional technology, educational leadership, special education or licensure as a principal. Doctoral degrees in education include educational studies and special education. Educational studies have options for concentrations in various areas like developmental and learning sciences, literacy, second language studies, and educational policy and higher education.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School||School Type & Setting||Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Ohio State University - Main Campus||4-year, public; large city|| BS in Early and Middle Childhood Education,
Master of Education
|$10,037 (in-state), $27,365 (out-of-state)*|
|University of Cincinnati - Main Campus||4-year, public; large city|| AS in Early Childhood Care and Education,
BS in Early Childhood Education,
BS in Middle School Education,
BS in Secondary Education,
Master of Education,
Doctoral Degrees in Special Education and Educational Studies with various concentrations
|$11,000 (in-state), $26,334 (out-of-state)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator