Teacher Licensure Program
The mission of the Department of Education at Hiram College is to prepare intellectually alive, socially responsible, ethically grounded educational leaders.
The Education Department at Hiram College is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) to offer licensure in early childhood, middle childhood, integrated language arts, integrated mathematics, integrated social studies, life sciences, life sciences/chemistry and physical sciences.
Courses and Licensure Areas
The early childhood license is valid for teaching pre-kindergarten through grade three (ages 3-8). Students completing the early childhood license graduate with an early childhood education major.
The middle childhood license is valid for teaching grades four through nine (ages 8-14). Students completing the middle childhood license graduate with an integrated middle childhood education major with specialization in two of the following areas of concentration: reading and language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.
Adolescence to Young Adult
The adolescence to young adult licenses are valid for teaching grades seven through 12 (ages 12-21) in the curriculum areas named in such license.
For detailed descriptions of the courses listed on the Licensure Requirement sheets, see the Course Catalog.
Admission to Teacher Education
Students begin their application to the teacher education program during their enrollment in EDUC 601: Teacher Licensure Policies and Procedures. After successful completion of EDUC 601, the applicant's qualifications for admission are reviewed by the Education Department. Requirements for approval of admission in the teacher education program include:
- Achievement of 3.0 grade point averages in: cumulative, professional education core and licensure content area(s);
- Successful completion of at least one educational foundations course: EDUC 203, 231 or 232;
- Demonstrated proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics as follows:
- ACT minimum score of 21 in Reading, English and Mathematics OR
- SAT minimum score of 500 in Reading, Writing and Mathematics OR
- Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators tests in Reading (minimum score of 156), Writing (minimum score of 162) and Mathematics (minimum score of 150).
For information about the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators tests including registration, tests dates and locations, please visit http://www.ets.org/praxis/about/core/.
For further information regarding policies and procedures of the teacher education program, please consult the Teacher Licensure Policies and Procedures Handbook.
Ohio Assessments for Educators
To qualify for a teaching license, candidates must successfully pass educator assessments in professional knowledge and content area(s) provided by the Evaluation Systems Group of Pearson. Hiram College pass rates demonstrate our teacher candidates consistently rank among the top in the state. Hiram's education department has constructed its curriculum to ensure that aspiring teachers excel on these assessments. The department's curriculum has been aligned with the performance expectations established by the State of Ohio and national teaching organizations. The criteria include demonstrating knowledge of pedagogical theory, developing effective learning outcomes, reflecting on teaching effectiveness and many more.
Learn more about Ohio Assessments for Educators at www.oh.nesinc.com.
Applying for Licensure
Initial and renewal license applications must be completed online through the Ohio Department of Education.
Hiram College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Education Department at Hiram College is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
Individual licensure programs are approved by the Ohio Board of Regents and nationally recognized by the following Specialized Professional Associations:
- National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
- Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE)
- National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
- National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)
- National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)