LICENSURE AREAS AND COURSE REQUIREMENTS
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The Education Department at Hiram College offers licensure in the following areas:
The P-5 license is valid for teaching pre-kindergarten through grade five. Students completing the P-5 licensure program graduate with an Elementary Education P-5 Major. 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.
The early childhood license was valid for teaching pre-kindergarten through grade three (ages 3-8). Students who completed the early childhood licensure program graduated with an Early Childhood Education Major.
Beginning with the 2019-2020 incoming class, students will take coursework to earn the P-5 License, and their licenses will be valid for teaching pre-kindergarten through grade five.
Students wishing to work with children from birth to age 5 can also explore the liberal arts non-licensure major of Educational Studies with an Area of Concentration of Education: Birth to Age 5.
The middle childhood license is valid for teaching grades four through nine (ages 8-14). Students completing the middle childhood licensure program 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 2019-2020 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.
The Education Department at Hiram College is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). All individual licensure programs listed above are approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education and were included in the most recent CAEP accreditation review. The new P-5 license will be reviewed in the 2025 CAEP cycle.
ADMISSION TO TEACHER EDUCATION
Students begin their application to the teacher education program during their enrollment in EDUC 10200: Teacher Licensure Policies and Procedures. After successful completion of EDUC 10200, 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 15000, 22900 or 23100;
- 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 https://www.ets.org/praxis/site.html.
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 are completed online through the Ohio Department of Education.