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
Teaching Licenses available:
Primary Education Teaching License (Grades PreK-5)
- Optional Add-on: Primary Intervention Specialist License
Middle Childhood Teaching License (Grades 4-9)
Choose 2 concentrations:
- Social Studies
- Language Arts and Reading
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
- Life Sciences
- Physical Sciences: Chemistry
- Physical Sciences: Physics
- Physical Sciences: Physics & Chemistry
Multi-Age Teaching License
- Music Education (Grades PreK-12)
- Special Education (Grades K-12) (pending approval)
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. Qualifying scores include ACT scores of 17 or higher in Reading and Math, or SAT Math score of 430 or higher, SAT Reading of 420 or higher, or Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators scores of Math 141 and Reading 159. Accuplacer Math and Reading tests can be scheduled on campus by contacting the Education Department. The Accuplacer Next-Generation Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics and Accuplacer Next-Generation Reading minimum scores is 246.
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.
The Otterbein Advantage Scholarships
Otterbein University is proud to partner with employers throughout Ohio to offer scholarships and special educational benefits to employees of partner institutions and as well as to their spouses/partners and dependent children. To learn more about these scholarships and to find out if you are eligible, visit our Advantage Scholarships page.
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:
- Complete the FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid. (Otterbein’s School Code is 003110).
- 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.
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
- Complete the online application.
- Submit the $40 application fee (waived for Otterbein alumni, veterans, and active duty military).
- Submit all official transcripts from previous institutions.
- Interview with an education advisor.
Note: A cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale for all previous undergraduate coursework is required.
Graduate Education Faculty & Staff