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Licensure Options through the Partnership

  • Primary Grades/Intervention Dual Degree (PK-5)
  • 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. It is 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.

Curriculum for Bachelor Plus Program

Admission Procedures

Apply to the Partnership, follow the steps below:

  1. Complete an online Graduate application .
  2. Submit the $30 non-refundable application fee
  3. Admission requirements include: 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. 
  4. Request all colleges you attended to send official transcripts directly to Ashland University Registrar.

Submit Transcripts to:
Registrar’s Office
Ashland University
401 College Ave
Ashland OH  44805


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.

How do I know if I am in the University Partnership?  

How do I know if I am in the University Partnership?

  • You are following the UP Curriculum Pathway from the associate to the bachelor’s degree.
    • For 2:2 degrees, you have been admitted to the partner institution and have registered for your first classes the upcoming semester, 3rd year of partner classes.  The first day of the 3rd year class, you are officially a UP student.
    • For 3:1 degrees, you are a UP student if you are registered for the 3rd year in either bridgework LCCC classes or UP partner classes. You may not be necessarily admitted with the UP partner just yet.  The first day of the 3rd year of UP or LCCC bridgework class, you are officially a UP student.
  • UP Office will use the email address your partner institution shares with us, which is once a semester, to email out a reminder to you about the UP program supports and services.
  • If you are unsure if you are in the UP, you are welcome to email or call the UP Office to verify your status.

How do I show proof I am a UP student to receive benefits and supports offered at LCCC

  • Go to the Circulation Desk on the 2nd floor of the LCCC Bass Library  (440) 366-4026.
  • Show your class registration for UP classes with the partner institution or LCCC bridgework classes.
  • Bass Library staff will place a color coded sticker on the back of your LCCC or partner institution ID card.  If you have no LCCC or UP ID card, a UP ID card will be issued to you.
  • You will need to get a new sticker (date specific) each semester that you are registered for UP partner classes.
  • An ID card is not required but would be needed if you are seeking benefits and supports at LCCC while in the partnership.
  • Supports and services are for Elyria Campus and the Learning Centers (Community Learning  Center at Lorain High School, Lorain Learning Center at City Center, LCCC Wellington Center, and University Partnership Ridge Campus).

For More Information

Students may contact the Ashland University Graduate Admissions Office to inquire about the programs at:

Graduate Admissions
Phone: 419-289-5738

See the Ashland University Academic Calendar for important academic dates and deadlines.  


Tuition and Fee Schedule

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