Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Licensure

Start an initial licensure program at Otterbein

Have you always wanted to teach?  Otterbein’s post baccalaureate education programs offer non-degree licensure programs at the undergraduate level. A transcript evaluation is completed for every student and an individualized schedule is created which will include the courses and field experiences required for applying for an initial teacher license and meeting the Ohio standard licensure requirements. For more information, see our Licensure Program Information page

“The Post Baccalaureate program at Otterbein University has been a great experience for me over the past year and a half. I have had wonderful professors who are there to help me become the best teacher I can be, and push me to limits I did not think were possible. The support system within the education department is immense, and never do you feel alone. I have had wonderful placements throughout my time at Otterbein, and have learned a great deal from them. I will take all of my experiences and knowledge with me as I start approaching the end of my Otterbein experience, and into the real world!”

– Ashley Gruenbaum: Early Childhood 4/5 Generalist teacher candidate 2017

Licensure programs available:

Early Childhood Teaching License (PreK-3)

  • Intervention Specialist (PreK-3) – leading to an additional license
  • 4-5 Generalist concentration – leading to an additional license

Middle Childhood Teaching License (Grades 4-9)
Choose two concentrations:

  • Math
  • Social Studies
  • Language Arts and Reading
  • Science

Opportunity to add the Middle Childhood Generalist Endorsement (Grades 4-6)

Qualified students who are interested in an initial Middle Childhood license AND have a Bachelor’s Degree may choose to pursue a Master of Arts in Teaching degree.

Adolescence to Young Adult Teaching License (Grades 7-12)

  • Integrated Language Arts
  • Integrated Mathematics
  • Life Sciences
  • Integrated Social Studies
  • Integrated Science
  • Physical Sciences: Chemistry
  • Physical Sciences: Physics
  • Physical Sciences: Physics & Chemistry

Multi-Age Teaching License (PreK-12)

  • Visual Art
  • Music
  • Spanish

See the PostBacc Program Booklet (PDF) for more details about courses for all licensure areas, admission requirements, and the Otterbein Education Department mission statement.

Initial Licensure Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have earned a Bachelor’s degree and provide official transcripts from all schools attended.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 is required, content area classes for Adolescence to Young Adult, Multi-Age, and Middle Childhood require a minimum grade point average of 2.75.
  • An interview with the graduate education recruiter.
  • Acceptable test scores which include ACT scores of 20 or higher in English and Math, OR SAT scores of 500 or higher in Critical Reading and Math, OR Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators scores of Math 150 and Writing 162

Tuition & financial Aid

Master of Arts in Teaching Scholarships Available

The Otterbein MAT Program is committed to supporting students in need. All MAT candidates who are eligible for student teaching will be considered for a need-based scholarship during the semester in which they are student teaching. The scholarship is a one-time, non-renewable award, with the funds allocated during the semester of student teaching.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for graduate education programs is $559 per hour and most courses are 3 or 4 semester hours. Some graduate students take undergraduate classes to meet licensure requirements. The cost of undergraduate courses is $564 an hour, with most classes being 2 to 4 semester hours. There is a student life fee of $100. Some education courses with field experiences have additional fees. Please consult the Business Office site for a complete list of fees.


There is an additional fee for each Capstone hour. Please consult the Business Office site for a complete list of fees. Tuition waivers may not be used to cover the additional Capstone fee.

Financial Aid

Earning your graduate degree is not as daunting as you think. With our financial aid options we can help remove any cost challenges you may have. Otterbein is prepared to help you answer the question; how are you going to pay for your education? Graduate students are eligible for consideration for a variety of loans.

Applying for Financial Aid at Otterbein

1. Obtain your PIN number from the U.S. Department of Education.
2. Complete the FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid. (Otterbein’s School Code is 003110).
3. Complete the Institutional Aid Form.

There is NO COST to apply for financial aid or to complete the FAFSA.

Questions? Email Student Financial Services or call 614-823-1502.

Tuition Waivers

Teachers in schools with student teaching and field experience agreements with Otterbein University may qualify for tuition waiver certificates. Otterbein University provides these waivers to districts or independent schools in return for their provision of field placements for Otterbein students. However, Otterbein University has no control over the distribution of the waivers to teachers, which is determined by each district/school. The following provisions and conditions apply:

  • Tuition waiver certificates may be assigned by the proper school officials to school employees admitted to graduate study at Otterbein University. Admission to graduate study is solely at the option of the University. There is no obligation on the part of the institution to admit students because of this agreement who would not otherwise meet graduate study admission requirements.
  • Students may use multiple fee waivers within a semester, however, the number of fee waiver credits may not exceed the number of course credits taken.
  • Teachers paying tuition with tuition waiver certificates from their schools must submit a valid waiver certificate at the time of registration or make other arrangements with the Business office. Otterbein University has the right to refuse acceptance of an “expired” fee waiver.
  • Tuition waivers do not cover the costs of special fees for testing, Capstone hours, or computer labs.

Payment Plans

We realize that meeting the expense of a college education is one of the larger investments made by most families. For this reason, we have developed two methods of payment for comprehensive fee charges. See the Business Office site for information about payment plans.

How to Apply

  • Submit an online Graduate application. Application fee is $40 for graduate applicants.
  • Submit evidence of a state-issued teaching license. Applicants who hold an Ohio teaching license should indicate the license number on the application. Applicants who hold an out-of-state license will need to provide a copy of their teaching license and official transcripts documenting completion of a bachelor’s degree. Candidates not holding a teaching certificate/license may be admitted only through special action of the Graduate Education Committee. Applicants who hold a non-standard teaching certificate/license are strongly encouraged to meet with the Graduate Education Advisor prior to enrollment in classes. Students who have been provisionally admitted may register for up to 12 graduate semester hours.

Graduate Education Faculty & Staff

Dr. Kristin Bourdage, Ph.D.
Education Department Chair

Dr. Dee Knoblauch, Ph.D.
Graduate Education Director

Keisha Jordan
Graduate Education Recruiter

Amy Featherstone
Graduate Education Advisor

Gaby Miller
Administrative Coordinator

Janin Rosas
Graduate Assistant for Education