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Licensure Options

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  • Middle Grades 4-9

The Bachelor Plus Program is a graduate program designed to provide initial teacher licensure to people who hold bachelor’s degrees from accredited colleges or universities in fields other than education.

The Bachelor Plus Program is fully state approved and leads to teacher licensure by the Ohio Department of Education.  Some course work earns graduate credit.  However, some undergraduate courses may be required in each program teaching area.

Graduate courses are generally taught in late afternoon, evenings, and online so that candidates may hold full- or part-time jobs while doing the course work.  Courses are taught by qualified faculty from the various colleges/departments and are designed to provide the candidate with the necessary background in educational concepts, planning, teaching styles, classroom management and area content.  Classroom field experiences are included and scheduled at different times during the program to provide actual classroom experience.  Student teaching is taken near the end of the program.  The length of time needed to complete the program is dependent upon the number of courses to be taken by individuals based on their pre-admittance evaluation.


State Licensure Requirements

The Ohio Department of Education has approved Ashland University’s Bachelor’s Plus Program for teacher licensure.  The State Standards of January 1, 1998, have determined the Ashland University standards for licensure.  All programs have been approved.  Applications are submitted and reviewed by the licensure officer of Ashland University who, upon approval, forwards them to the State.  The Ohio Department of Education is ultimately responsible for issuing the earned licensure.

An initial, four-year, resident educator license is issued by the Division of Licensure, Ohio Department of Education, to persons completing the Bachelor’s Plus Program.   The candidate must have completed the courses in their teaching field, education methods courses, classroom field experiences, student teaching, and required examinations to be eligible for licensure.

This teaching license is the same license that is issued to the four-year teacher education undergraduate candidate.


Admission and Application Information

Apply through Ashland University website  Admission requirements: Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university.  Grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher on a 4 point grading scale or special permission. 


Admission into the Graduate Teacher Education Program at Ashland University

Candidates are required to take the Praxis I Test or equivalent (Please refer to the AU catalog for acceptable test) in the early stages of the program and the OAE Test before applying for a license.


Registration, Scheduling and Advising Information

Students may contact the Ashland University Graduate, Online, and Adult Admissions Office to inquire about the programs at:

Center for Academic Support
Phone: 419-289-5738


Tuition and Fee Schedule

All fees are subject to change; please contact the Student Accounts Office at 800-882-1548.

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