Bachelor of Science in Education, Primary Education (P-5)
The Primary Education (P-5) program is committed to working for social justice and excellence for all children. Our training prepares students to think critically and reflectively while teaching in inventive ways that meet the needs of all learners. Students engage in experiences in schools throughout the metropolitan Columbus area that span the pre-k to fifth grade license and promote inquiry-based, cooperative learning strategies. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be recommended for a teaching license through the Ohio Department of Education.
The Primary Education (P-5) provided me with an exceptional foundation to begin a career in the ever-changing field of education. Both personally and professionally, this program trained my way of thinking and helped me to develop a teaching philosophy rooted in inquiry and striving for equity and inclusion. In a profession where so much of your heart is on display, I am forever grateful for the professors and colleagues that challenged my previously held perceptions, provided diverse perspectives, listened to my self-perceived shortcomings, and ultimately offered encouragement for how to move forward in the best interest of my students.
Hands-on experience from the start
From your introduction to your education major to full-time student teaching, Ohio State has developed a program that not only gives you first-class education, but numerous opportunities to experience what it is like to be a teacher in the field that you will be ready for your career from day 1.
First Education Experience Program
A service-learning course that gives a first-hand look at the education field by spending time in pre-K to 12th grade classrooms and other settings. Education abroad also possible.
Pre-education field experience
Provides undergraduate students, the opportunity to work in a supervised professional setting at schools or community agencies prior to starting major coursework.
Primary Education (P-5) introductory field experience
This semester-long experience is taken once you start your Primary Education (P-5) coursework in the classroom for the preschool to fifth grade licensure.
Primary Education (P-5) advanced field experience
In the advanced field experience, you will be in a classroom two days per week taking on some teaching responsibilities and developing relationships with a teacher mentor and students.
A culminating experience is a full-time practicum that permits you to confidently take on the role of teacher for an in-depth quality experience to end your bachelor’s program.
Helps unite current and future teachers and those interested in the field of education under the same principles and values of hard work, ethical practice and service.
Active on campus and in the community, this professional organization of undergraduate and graduate education students benefit from professional development workshops, a spring conference, legal services, money-saving benefits, legislation and lobbying, and networking.
College students serve as tutors and mentors to young students in a structured environment at a nearby elementary and middle school.
Pairs of college and elementary students meet in groups for weekly activities on campus that focus on higher education and career, culture and diversity, and community service.
An outreach program that educates about the issues students in low-income school districts face, Pen PALS aims to improve writing skills of elementary students through a relationship with Ohio State students.
Deadline to Declare Major Readiness
Students are directly admitted into the program.
Must demonstrate nearly all pre-major/GE courses completed with minimum GPA
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 go.osu.edu/onground.