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Primary Education (P-5), Master of Education

The Master of Education program in Primary Education (P-5) leads to an initial teaching license in the state of Ohio, for pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. As a student, you’ll have multiple student teaching experiences and learn methods that prepare you to think critically and reflectively about your own teaching practices while leveraging inventive techniques to meet the needs of all learners.

It challenged me to view teaching through a lens that placed an emphasis on a student-centered approach to teaching and learning while maintaining rigorous expectations for myself as a professional. I am forever grateful for the relationships, knowledge, and pedagogical insight that this program allowed me to pursue.
James Heider, MEd, 2016


Combined with a dedication to social justice and opportunity for all children, the primary education MEd program is fully accredited and is consistently ranked among the top programs in the nation. It meets national and state curricular standards including the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s Professional Preparation Standards. 

The program is grounded in research and theory and will help you apply research and theoretical understandings to your teaching practice through supervised field experiences.

Our education framework serves as a guide to assist preservice teachers develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to become effective teachers across content areas. You’ll be prepared to become a teacher leader who advocates for equity and justice in education.

Grounded in a social constructivist approach to teaching and learning, students accepted into the MEd program will find that coursework prepares them both conceptually and practically to teach using inquiry-based strategies within a cooperative learning context. Our theory-to-practice approach allows students to integrate their learning with their student teaching placements during two of the three semesters of the program. Core courses relate to equity and diversity in education; teaching methods in literacy, math, science and social studies for primary education students; and a master’s-level final project.

You also are supported by experienced faculty instructors and a faculty advisor, a program manager who coordinates their academic program and student teaching experiences, graduate associates as well as an advising staff who oversee progress through this intense program of study.

Career Paths

The 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 teaching license, while completing graduate studies in their chosen field of study.

Students who complete the Primary Education program receive a license to teach children in pre-kindergarten through the third grade. Students may also pursue a career in the development of primary education curriculum for museums or agencies with primary education services.

Our graduates consistently accept a variety of positions in the field and are sought after locally, as well as across the nation.

We partner with Career Services in the College of Education and Human Ecology to prepare students for their job search.


Prerequisite Coursework: Prior to admission to this highly competitive program, successful applicants will have a grade point average of a 3.0 or better and demonstrated experience working with children in groups and diverse communities. Applicants to the MEd program must complete a series of prerequisites, related to their intended license area, prior to beginning the program. It is important to note that applicants may have prerequisites in progress during the Fall Autumn semester in which they submit their application, but must have all prerequisites completed by the end of the Spring semester before they intend to begin the MEd program.

* It is highly recommended that you schedule an appointment with T&L Academic Services to review your progress towards prerequisite completion, two semester prior to the Summer semester in which you intend to enroll. Call our scheduling line at 614-292-2332.

The MEd in Primary Education is a competitive program. Acceptance into the program is not guaranteed by completion of the prerequisites.

Deadline to Apply: November 15

Program Start: Summer semester

Admission Considerations:

  • Bachelor’s degree (conferred prior to Summer Semester)
  • Cumulative Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (minimum 2.75 GPA for prerequisites)
  • Experience working with youth in diverse group settings

GRE: 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.

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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.

Ohio State academic programs are designed to prepare students for licensure or certification in Ohio. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please review state educational requirements for licensure and certification at