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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

World Language Education
Visual Impairments

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 World 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.


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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.