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Master of Education (MEd)

The Master of Education (MEd) program in the Department of Teaching and Learning leads to a post-baccalaureate degree designed for those individuals who seek to earn their initial four-year Ohio license while completing graduate studies and research in their chosen field of study. All MEd programs at The Ohio State University are fully accredited through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and our programs have been consistently ranked among the top premiere programs in the United States. The structure and content of each program is grounded in the mission and philosophy of The Ohio State University's Teacher Education framework—namely, to assist pre-service teachers in developing the knowledge, skills, and disposition needed to become effective leaders and advocates for social justice in the field of education.

Each program is led by a faculty advisor, a program manager, experienced faculty, and advising staff who oversee the progress of each individual pre-service teacher as s/he progresses through an intense program of study. Our graduates consistently accept a variety of positions in the field and are sought after locally, as well as across the nation and the globe.

Each program is comprised of core courses, foci of study courses and a Master’s final project. Please review the information below to learn more about the different licensure areas, important deadlines, admissions criteria, financial assistance, graduation requirements, and key contact information, for each of our program areas.

Schedule an Advising Appointment

For detailed information about the admission requirements and the application process for the M.Ed. program, please contact T&L Academic Services office to schedule an advising appointment. If you’ve completed post-secondary coursework outside of OSU, please be sure to bring copies of your transcripts so that a prerequisite evaluation can be completed in this appointment.

Master of Education (MEd) Licensure Areas

In the state of Ohio, licensure areas are divided into the following categories: pre-kindergarten or pre-school age through the third grade (PK–3), fourth grade through ninth grade (late elementary school, middle school, and early high school; 4–9), seventh grade through twelfth grade (late middle school and high school; 7–12), and pre-kindergarten or kindergarten through twelfth grade (pre-kindergarten, elementary, middle, and high school; PK–12 or K–12).

It is important to reflect on the age groups with whom you would work well in addition to the subject(s) you would like to teach.

Licensure Area by Grades

Early Childhood Education

Middle Childhood Education

English Education/Integrated Language Arts
Mathematics Education
Science Education
Integrated Social Studies

Foreign Language Education
Visual Impairments

Admission Deadline

Applications and required documents are due by November 15 for admission to the following Summer semester. Exceptions to this rule are for the Visual Impairments licensure areas.

Licensure AreaAdmission Deadline/Term
Early Childhood, English, Foreign Language,
Middle Childhood, Social Studies & Global Education, Mathematics & Science Education
November 15
Visual ImpairmentsJune 9/Autumn Semester
September 1/Spring Semester
June 9/Autumn Semester

Admissions Criteria

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.0*/**
  • Experience working with youth in various group settings

Please review our MEd Application Checklist for detailed information.

*Applicants with an overall GPA between a 2.75-2.99 MUST take the General Test of Graduate Record Exam (GRE) to be eligible for admission to the M.Ed.

**Applicants are required to have a minimum GPA of 2.75 in their respective content area(s). Applicants for Integrated Language Arts/English Education, Foreign Language Education and Integrated Social Studies must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in their respective content area.

MEd Prerequisite Coursework

The prerequisite lists below outline the undergraduate coursework needed to be considered for admission to the M.Ed. program. All of this coursework should be completed or in progress at the time that one applies. Candidates are highly encouraged to have fulfilled all prerequisites by the beginning of the M.Ed. program if they wish to be considered competitive applicants.

MEd Prerequisite Lists

Early Childhood Education (PK–3)
Middle Childhood Education (4–9)
English Education/Integrated Language Arts (7–12)
Mathematics Education (7–12)

  For admission Summer 2017:

  For admission Summer 2018 and beyond:

Science Education (7–12)
Integrated Social Studies (7–12)
Foreign Language Education (PK–12)
Visual Impairments (PK–12)

Students can earn credit to fulfill prerequisite courses at The Ohio State University by successfully completing tests in the Credit by Examination Program. Not all prerequisite courses have corresponding examinations. For more information, including a list of available credit by examination courses, please read this brochure

Current or Prospective Ohio State Undergraduate Students

As previously mentioned, Ohio State students can complete the required MEd content courses using their chosen undergraduate major. Students who are seeking a licensure in Integrated Social Studies, Integrated Language Arts, Mathematics Education, Science Education or Foreign Language Education may consider speaking with an Undergraduate Advisor in the College of Arts & Sciences (614-292-6961) to discuss the best option for a major. Students who are seeking a licensure in Early Childhood Education or Middle Childhood Education may consider speaking with an Undergraduate Advisor in Education and Human Ecology (614-292-9261) about the Early & Middle Childhood Studies program.

Contact Information

The Office of Graduate Student Services is great resource for the MEd program. Staff can help in regards to the following areas:

  • Admissions criteria
  • Admissions process
  • Content/prerequisite courses
  • Graduation requirements & process

To contact or schedule an in-person or phone appointment with either an academic advisor, please call or email Graduate Student Services at 614.292.2332 or

Disclaimer: Licensure requirements may be subject to change because of state-legislated mandates. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the Department of Teaching and Learning each year to ensure they have the most up-to-date information.