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

  • Early Childhood License (Pre K-3): OWU’S teacher preparation program in Early Childhood Education is committed to helping you become a knowledgeable, caring, competent professional who is dedicated to nurturing the intellectual, social, and aesthetic growth of young children. Your knowledge will be deepened by many opportunities to put theory into practice as you work directly with young children in a wide variety of field and clinical experiences. You also will pursue in-depth study of a particular field of knowledge and inquiry.
  • Middle Childhood License (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.
  • Special Education: 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. The program also allows early childhood majors to earn an Early Childhood Concentration in Special Education that leads to an additional license.
  • Integrated Science for Teachers: 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 (PreK-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

Kelly Maier ’14

Named Ohio Student Teacher of the Year in 2014, Kelly studied Early Childhood Education with a specialization in Special Education at OWU. She received a master's degree from Vanderbilt and is now a board certified behavior analyst at the Autism Education and Therapy Center in Nashville, TN.

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