Back to top
An Ohio State MEd student helps two high school students with an assignment.

Master of Education MEd

The Master of Education (M Ed) is a teacher education program designed for you to gain the knowledge and skills needed to earn an initial four-year Ohio license while completing graduate studies and research in your chosen field of study.

All M Ed programs at The Ohio State University are fully accredited through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and are consistently ranked among the top premiere programs in the United States.

The Ohio State University's Teacher Education framework

Mission: 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.

Teacher License 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

Primary Education (P-5)

Middle Childhood Education

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

World Language Education
Visual Impairments

Current or Prospective Ohio State Undergraduate Students

Ohio State students can complete the required M Ed content courses using their chosen undergraduate major. if you seek a licensure in Integrated Social Studies, Integrated Language Arts, Mathematics Education, Science Education or World Language Education, consider speaking with an Undergraduate Advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences (614-292-6961) to discuss the best option for a major.

If you seek a licensure in Primary Education (P-5) or Middle Childhood Education, consider speaking with an Undergraduate Advisor in Education and Human Ecology (614-292-9261) about the Primary and Middle Childhood Studies program.

Schedule an Advising Appointment

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


T&L Academic Services

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