Wittenberg University holds a number of accreditations, specifics of which can be found at this link. Information directly related to education licensure is found below.
Holding a teaching license means that teachers are competent and can be entrusted to act in a professional manner with the students they teach, the colleagues with whom they work and the communities in which they live and serve.
The teacher education program at Wittenberg University is designed to permit candidates to meet the licensure requirements for teaching in the State of Ohio. Our program is approved by both the State and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), who has recently transformed into the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The information contained here represents the official and current policies and procedures for teacher licensure. Each year programs are reviewed and may be revised to reflect changing requirements. For this reason, students are expected to meet with their Education Department advisor each semester to keep informed of any changes in program requirements.
Programs of Licensure Offered
Upon graduation from Wittenberg, candidates who have successfully completed the teacher education requirements are eligible to receive an Ohio Resident Educator License.
- Early Childhood (P-3)
- Intervention Specialist (K-12): Mild-Moderate
- Adolescence to Young Adult Licensure (7-12):
- Integrated Language Arts (English major)
- Integrated Mathematics (Math major)
- Integrated Social Studies (History/Social Studies major)
- Earth Science (Geology major)
- Life Science (Biology major)
- Physical Science: Chemistry (Chemistry major)
- Physical Science: Physics (Physics major)
- or P-12 areas: Multi-Age (P-12):
- Visual Art
- Music - Licensure in P-12 Music requires a Bachelor of Music Education (BME)
Additionally, endorsements may be added to initial licenses (but may require an additional term).
- Early Childhood Generalist (4-5): Available for Early Childhood License
- Reading (K-12): Available at the graduate level
A license that is endorsed for reading allows a teacher to teach as a reading specialist with students in grades K-12. To have an earned endorsed for reading, the student must have met the requirements of the Ohio Reading Core and complete the following graduate courses: Education 515, 525, 535, 585, and 605.
- Principal Licensure
Additional information and requisites for Ohio Licensure
The authority to license teachers is a responsibility entrusted to the State. When candidates graduate from Wittenberg University's state-approved Teacher Education Program, they are eligible to earn an initial Ohio (Resident Educator) License. This license is effective July 1 of the year of graduation and is valid for 4 years. Should candidates complete their studies at the end of Fall Semester, they may request that licenses be backdated to July 1 so they can teach on the license the remainder of the school year.
Students are required to have valid State and Federal background clearance checks (Ohio BCI&I and FBI) in effect at the time of application for license. These reports must be initiated prior to the student teaching term and are valid for one year from the date of the initial check. Candidates are provided with information about the acquisition of these reports at the beginning of their final year. Additionally, the state of Ohio requires that students take and pass content and educational pedagogy tests appropriate to the licensure program they are completing. More information about these state-required tests are provided to students as they begin their last year in the program.
Upgrading their initial license to a professional license in Ohio requires an individual to successfully complete the Resident Educator Program upon employment with a school district. The Resident Educator Program includes Instructional Mentoring from a trained mentor and a system of formative assessments. The mentor and superintendent will then sign the Resident Educator's application for a professional license, completing the transition to a five-year professional license.
Procedure for Applying for Ohio Licensure
Application for the Ohio Resident Educator License is generally made during Spring Semester of the senior year or when all requirements have been met. A meeting is scheduled early each Fall Semester for purposes of explaining procedures for applying for teacher licenses.
All candidates who complete requirements for teacher licensure are encouraged to apply for that license, even if they are not sure they will pursue a teaching position after graduation. Delay in applying for teaching licensure may result in additional coursework if licensure requirements change after candidates graduate.