Licensure Areas and Course Requirements
The Education Department at Hiram College offers licensure in the following areas:
The state of Ohio is transitioning from a P-3 Early Childhood license to a P-5 Elementary License. As a result, Educator Preparation Programs in the state of Ohio are required to begin offering P-5 licensure courses to incoming students by fall 2020.
The P-5 elementary licensure program will be available to incoming Hiram students starting in fall 2019, one year before the required transition date! Be ahead of the curve by preparing now to teach students in this expanded grade band!
This major will replace our current Early Childhood Major, with a curriculum that is designed to meet the requirements set forth by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Elementary Standards, the Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession (OSTP), and the Ohio Learning Standards P-5.
Coursework for this major will include credits in the following categories:
Professional Education Core (33 credit hours):
- Education, Culture, and Society (4)
- Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Birth to 10 (4)
- Elementary School Experience and Lab (2)
- Reading, Writing, and Response with Children’s Literature (3)
- Integrating Technology into Educational Spaces (1)
- Phonics for Elementary and Middle Grades (3)
- Exceptionality (3)
- Classroom Management: Building Effective Learning Environments (1)
- Student Teaching: Elementary (10)
- EDUC 44600: Student Teaching Seminar (1)
- EDUC 60100: Teacher Licensure Policies and Procedures (1)
Elementary Literacy Block (11 credit hours):
- Assessment for Learning (4)
- P-5 Elementary Literacy Methods (4)
- Diagnosis and Intervention in PreK-9 Literacy (3)
Elementary Curriculum and Methods Block (15 credit hours):
- Science Methods for P-5 Elementary (4)
- Social Studies Methods for P-5 Elementary (4)
- Mathematics Methods for P-5 Elementary (4)
- Content Teaching in P-5 Elementary Education (3)
Curriculum Content for Elementary (22 credit hours):
- Personal and Community Health Issues: P-12 (3)
- Fundamentals of Mathematics I (4)
- Fundamentals of Mathematics II (4)
- Understanding Science (4)
- Physical Science (4)
- Integrated Social Studies Content (3)
Total number of hours for the major = 81 hours
The early childhood license is valid for teaching pre-kindergarten through grade three (ages 3-8). Beginning with the 2019-2020 incoming class, students will take coursework to earn the P-5 Elementary Major, and their licenses will be valid for teaching pre-kindergarten through grade five. 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.
Integrated Mathematics (as of the 2018-2019 academic year, this program is no longer accepting new students)
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 60100: Teacher Licensure Policies and Procedures. After successful completion of EDUC 60100, 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 20300, 23100 or 23200;
- Demonstrated proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics as follows:
- ACT minimum score of 21 in Reading, English and Mathematics OR
- SAT minimum score of 540 in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and 530 in 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.
The Education Department at Hiram College is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Individual licensure programs are approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education and the Early Childhood program is nationally recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).