While cities and school districts across the country have their own sets of unique policies and procedures, every primary and secondary school district in the United States requires teachers to have earned at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. As Ohio’s prospective teachers research institutions of higher education, they will be pleased to learn that multiple top education schools can be found right in their home state.
The four most highly ranked education programs for Ohio teacher education can be found at Kent State University, University of Cincinnati, Miami University, and Ohio University. The merits and distinguishing elements of each program are highlighted in greater detail below.
The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education at Ohio University has been educating teachers for more than 125 years. Ranked one of the top 100 graduate schools for education in the country, the college currently serves 2,100 undergraduate and 800 graduate students. The department offers standard early, middle, and adolescent to young adult education tracks, but additionally offers multi-age programs in foreign languages such as French, German, and Spanish. Graduate programs in educational studies, recreation and sport pedagogy, and human and consumer sciences education are also available to students interested in a master’s or doctoral degree program.
The Kent State University College of Education, Health and Human Services is one of the premier teaching schools in Ohio, graduating the highest number of secondary mathematics teachers in the state. The school has a 100% pass rate on Ohio teaching license tests in early childhood, middle childhood science, and reading specialization, and rates of 95% or higher in middle childhood language arts, mathematics, and social sciences. The college offers students a broad educational perspective by covering international educational initiatives as well as local, and reports that 50% of students in the College of Education have participated in educational projects abroad.
The University of Cincinnati’s College of Education offers multiple avenues for online and campus-based study for prospective teachers. The college has 50 full-time members that serve approximately 1,600 undergraduate and 700 graduate educators. Ranked in the top 58 by U.S. News & World Report for education programs, graduates of the college consistently score high in the Praxis II skills-based test required for Ohio teacher certification. In addition, the college offers specialized certification in autism spectrum disorders, deaf studies, and teaching English as a second language for teachers with an Ohio teacher license who are interested in broadening the scope of their practice.
Miami University’s School of Education offers undergraduate programs in early childhood and middle childhood education with opportunities for content specializations in language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Miami University is ranked third among national universities for quality undergraduate teaching, and is in the top 100 of best education graduate schools in the country. One of the top five most popular programs on campus, the university’s education program is known for its selective enrollment to ensure small cohorts for higher quality, more individualized instruction.