OWU offers a variety of majors in the education field to help you prepare for a career in the specific area you love, from early childhood through high school. Our program combines a rich education in the liberal arts with a solid base in educational theory and practical experience.

About the Majors

Note: The Early Childhood Education Major is being phased out effective Spring 2020 according to Ohio licensure requirements. The major will transition to the new Elementary Education Major and an Inclusive Elementary Education Major in Fall 2020.  Both majors are listed below or you may contact Education Department faculty members for more information.

  • Elementary Education (leads to a Primary License, Grades PK-5)
    OWU’s teacher preparation program in Elementary Education is committed to helping you become a knowledgeable, caring, competent professional who is dedicated to nurturing the intellectual, social, and aesthetic growth of children. Your knowledge will be deepened by many opportunities to work directly with children in a wide variety of field and student teaching experiences.
  • Inclusive Elementary Education (leads to a Primary License, Grades PK-5, and an Intervention Specialist License, Grades PK-5)
    The dual licensure program in Inclusive Elementary Education is committed to helping prospective teachers become knowledgeable, competent, caring professionals who are dedicated to nurturing the intellectual, social, and aesthetic growth of children in both traditional and inclusive PK-5 classroom settings.
  • Special Education (leads to an Intervention Specialist License, Grades K-12)
    Special education teachers can make a real difference in the lives of their students, and they must have commitment, compassion, focus, and exceptional organizational skills. OWU’s major in special education allows you to earn a Multi-Age (grades K-12) Intervention Specialist teaching license.
  • Middle Childhood (leads to a Middle Childhood License, Grades 4-9)
    This program develops the intellectual, personal, and professional competencies, skills, and dispositions necessary to teach students in grades 4-9 by requiring preservice teachers to successfully complete general liberal arts courses and professional education courses. To provide flexibility and further enhance the teacher's grasp of the interdisciplinary nature of knowledge, two areas of concentration are required. Areas of concentration may be chosen from language arts, mathematics, science, or social studies.
  • Integrated Science for Teachers (leads to an Integrated Science License, Grades 7-12)
    Increasingly, school districts need science teachers who are highly qualified to teach across the science curriculum. Students who complete OWU’s Integrated Science major will be eligible to earn Adolescent to Young Adult (AYA) Integrated Science Licensure, qualifying them to teach a broad range of science subjects in grades 7 through 12. When you major in Integrated Science for Teachers, you complete classes in life sciences (biology, microbiology, zoology); chemistry; geology and geography; physics and astronomy; and mathematics – along with your education and general course requirements.

Minors & License Programs

  • Fine Arts, Foreign Language, Music, or Theatre: You can combine a minor in Specialized Multi-Age (PK-12) License with a major in Fine Arts, Spanish, French, Music, or Theatre to prepare you for certification in prekindergarten to grade 12 in the subject area.
  • English, History, or Mathematics: You can combine a minor in Specialized Adolescence to Young Adult License (7-12) with a major in English, History, or Mathematics to prepare you for certification in grades seven to twelve in, respectively, language arts, social studies, or mathematics.
  • Post-Baccalaureate Program for Teacher Licensure: If you already have an undergraduate degree, you may earn a teaching license by taking courses full time in one of OWU's undergraduate teacher licensure programs. It typically takes four or five semesters to complete the requirements, including a semester of student teaching.


Graduate Outcomes

Haley Jacobson ’18

Haley, an Early Childhood Education major, is a kindergarten teacher at Center Elementary with Mayfield City Schools, near Cleveland.

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