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LEAD Teaching Licensure Curriculum

Regardless of licensure program, certain commonalities apply to any student who elects to participate in the Teacher Preparation Program after completing his/her bachelor's degree.

1. Most of the basic education courses required for licensure can be taken either at the graduate or undergraduate level. The equivalencies are listed below:

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Equivalency

EDUC 107


EDUC 206

EDF 606

EDUC 208

EDT 601

EDUC 264

EDF 601

EDUC 250

EDT 650

EDUC 351

EDT 651

EDUC 352

EDT 652

EDUC 353

EDT 653

EDUC 354

EDT 654

EDUC 455

EDT 655

ISE 243

EDT 670

Students may elect, by individual courses, to take any class at the graduate or undergraduate level in fulfillment of licensure program requirements.

2. In preparation for licensure, each student must complete at least 300 hours of field experience prior to student teaching. These documented hours must represent a range of experiences with diverse learners in urban, suburban, and rural districts, and both public and parochial schools. Additionally, at least one of these experiences must include accommodating students with special needs. The student's course instructors, advisor, and the Education Placement Office will assist each student in fulfilling these requirements prior to student teaching.

3. As a condition for visiting schools or working with students, Walsh University requires each licensure candidate to submit a clear BCII background check.

All students should be aware that prior criminal convictions, whether or not the conviction has been expunged, can affect his/her ability to obtain a license to teach in the State of Ohio and/or affect his/her ability to obtain employment in a pre-school program, parochial school, public school district or chartered non-public school.

It is the student's responsibility to determine whether he or she is eligible for licensure and/or employment as a teacher in the State of Ohio. Each Walsh University education student is responsible for maintaining the high moral and ethical standards necessary to be included in field experiences, pre-student/student teaching and to become licensed to teach in the State of Ohio.

4. The pre-student teaching experience at Walsh University is completed in the same location, and with the same cooperating teacher(s) as the planned student teaching semester. Depending on the intended licensure area, these pre-student teaching classes are to be taken one semester before student teaching:

Licensure Area

Pre-Student Teaching Methods Course(s)

AYA Language Arts

 AYA 431

AYA Mathematics

 AYA 432

AYA Science

 AYA 433

AYA Social Studies

 AYA 434

MCE (choose two):


    Language Arts

 MCE 423


 MCE 424


 MCE 425

Social Studies

 MCE 426

Physical Education

 EDUC 463

Early Childhood Education

 ECE 410

Intervention Specialist Education

 ISE 441


5. Upon completion of all required courses, a minimum of 300 hours of documented field experience, approval of the Student Teaching Application, and successful completion of the pre-student teaching methods course(s), the candidate completes his/her student teaching semester. Working in cooperation with the Education Placement Office, each licensure candidate is regularly observed by a university supervisor, in addition to his/her assigned cooperating teacher. Throughout the Teacher Preparation Program, and especially during the student teaching semester, the Ohio Educator Standards are utilized to evaluate the student teacher's preparation, classroom practices, and professionalism. A professional e-portfolio is developed to document achievement in each Ohio Educator Standards and is aligned with the Division of Education Candidate Proficiencies. The licensure candidate normally registers for two courses in fulfillment of the student teaching requirement: a seminar (3 credit hours) and the student teaching experience itself (3 credit hours). The specific courses are listed below:

Intended Licensure Area

Student Teaching Semester Courses

All AYA Subjects

 EDUC 362 - Lead Student Teaching


EDUC 468 Seminar: Student Teaching

Middle Childhood

EDUC 362 - Lead Student Teaching


EDUC 468 Seminar: Student Teaching

Physical Education

 EDUC 362 - Lead Student Teaching


EDUC 468 Seminar: Student Teaching

Early Childhood

 EDUC 362 - Lead Student Teaching


EDUC 468 Seminar: Student Teaching

Intervention Specialist

 EDUC 362 - Lead Student Teaching


EDUC 468 Seminar: Student Teaching


6. Successful completion of the Teacher Preparation Program and student teaching includes the licensure candidate's passing the Praxis tests in his/her concentration areas. Each candidate is required to take the Principles of Learning & Teaching (PLT) Test AND the test(s) associated with his/her specialization area(s). The Education Placement Office can provide additional Praxis registration information. Passing all tests associated with the intended licensure area is required by the Ohio Department of Education, regardless of completed course work, as a condition for state approval for initial licensure.

7. A candidate may elect to expand his/her teaching credentials by adding a reading endorsement to his/her license.

8. Upon completion of the licensure program, candidates often elect to complete their Master of Arts in Education requirements immediately. Others choose to obtain teaching positions, and then complete their remaining courses, as required by the Ohio Department of Education. Those interested in completing the Masters of Arts in Education program AND licensure courses simultaneously are required to fulfill a separate set of course requirements. See the Dean of Graduate Studies in Education for additional information about the Master of Arts in Education program.

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