Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Licensure

Earn an initial teaching license at Otterbein.

Otterbein’s post-baccalaureate education program offers a non-degree licensure option at the undergraduate level for those already holding a bachelor’s degree. Before starting the program, a transcript evaluation is completed for every student in order to create an individualized schedule that will include the necessary courses and field experiences require to apply for an initial teaching license in Ohio. 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

Teaching Licenses available:

Primary Education TEaching License (Grades P-5)

  • Optional Add-on: Primary Intervention Specialist License

Middle Childhood Teaching License (Grades 4-9)
Choose 2 concentrations:

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

Additional coursework can be taken to add the Middle Childhood Generalist Endorsement (Grades 4-6).

Qualified candidates seeking an initial Middle Childhood licensure may also purse a Master of Arts in Teaching degree.

Adolescence to Young Adult Teaching License (Grades 7-12)
Choose 2 concentrations:

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

Multi-Age Teaching License (Grades P-12)

  • Visual Arts
  • Music
  • Spanish

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

Program 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. For Adolescence to Young Adult, Multi-Age, and Middle Childhood licenses, a minimum grade point average of 2.75 is required in all content-area classes.
  • An interview with the graduate education recruiter.
  • Submit test scores. Acceptable scores 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


The cost of undergraduate coursework is $564 per hour, with most classes being 2 to 4 hours. Some education courses with field experiences require an additional fee. Additionally, all students pay a student life fee of $100. Please consult the Business Office page for a complete list of fees.

Otterbein University Tuition Benefit

Ohio Health Associates enrolling as graduate students (up to 2 classes or 6 credit hours for graduate level coursework) will receive a scholarship reducing cost per credit hour to $500, or $1,500 per 3 credit course. Scholarship is valid for one graduate degree. Graduate Nursing degree(s) not included in this Scholarship.

Financial Aid

Otterbein is dedicated to making sure students have the financial opportunity to pursue their education. Along with financial aid, students may be eligible for consideration for a variety of loans.

How to apply 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.

Note: There is NO COST to apply for financial aid or to complete the FAFSA. If you have questions, please email Student Financial Services or call 614-823-1502.

Payment Plans

We understand that meeting the expense of a college education is a big investment for many families. To aid in this process, we have developed two methods of payment for comprehensive fee charges. See the Business Office site (keep as link) for more information.

How to Apply

  • Submit an online Graduate application. The application fee is $40.

  • Submit proof of 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 only be admitted through special consideration 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 are provisionally admitted may register for up to 12 graduate semester hours. 

Graduate Education Faculty & Staff

Department Chairs:
Susan Constable and Paul Wendel
Department Phone: 614-823-1214

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

Graduate Education Recruiter

Amy Featherstone
Graduate Education Advisor

Gaby Miller
Administrative Coordinator

Rita Mayer
Graduate Assistant for Education