Ohio State Dept of Education

Academic Programs

The Department of Teaching and Learning offers several degree options students can pursue. And with numerous areas to specialize, students can discover their academic passions that prepare them for careers as the next generation of leaders in education.

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The doctorate program in Teaching and Learning will put you among scholars performing cutting-edge educational research.

As a doctoral student, you’ll take part in research and scholarship that will prepare you to be among the next generation of education leaders. The foundation of your PhD experience is a research apprenticeship. You will critically analyze existing research and work closely with faculty on their research while you gain an extensive set of research skills. With those skills, you’ll develop innovative theories and practices in your own outstanding research while in the program and professionally.

The Doctor of Philosophy program comes with the flexibility to focus your specialization around your interests in a variety of disciplines.

And no matter what you focus your studies around, you will challenge what you thought you knew and create an academic experience to cherish and be proud of forever.

Teaching and Learning offers a PhD with specialization in:

Education Specialist (EdS)

Do you already have a master’s degree and are a practicing educator? Are you looking to become a leader in your field? If you said yes, then our education specialist degree may be for you.

This program will help you further your professional development giving you a strong foundation in diverse theory and research. Our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills to pursue leadership positions at their schools such as: teacher leaders, department chairs, curriculum developers and other school- or district-based roles.

Teaching and Learning offers the EdS with specializations in:

Master of Arts (MA)

If you’re interested in focusing on theory and practice in various areas of study in education, the Master of Arts degree may be the best choice for you.

This non-license program is ideal for practicing educators and provides you a path to an advanced degree with a flexible and accommodating schedule.

During your studies, you’ll get the one-on-one attention and guidance from faculty and program managers you deserve. Having this intense support, coupled with a range of multifaceted disciplines to study, attracts applicants to our program from all over the globe.

Many students in this program go on to have success because of the personal attention from faculty and staff – whether that be through teaching, advice, connections or leadership.

Teaching and Learning offers the MA with specialization in:

  • Adolescent, Post-secondary & Community Literacies
  • Foreign, Second & Multilingual Language Education
  • Integrated Teaching & Learning (Regional Campuses)
  • Literature for Children and Young Adults
  • Reading & Literacy in Early & Middle Childhood
  • Rethinking Early Childhood and Elementary Education
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • Sensory Impairments

Master of Education (MEd)

The Master of Education is a one-year accelerated teacher licensure program. You will have diverse experiences and the opportunity to develop the essential skills needed to become an effective educator.

This challenging and enriching program will leave you as a motivated educator with a license to teach in Ohio. And with the personal attention you get from our faculty and program managers, you will have all the tools to help you advance in your career.

Teaching and Learning offers the MEd with specializations in:

Bachelor of Science in Education (BSEd)

Whether you want to teach elementary-, middle school- or high school-aged students, a Bachelor of Science in Education is one way to becoming a teacher.

In this ultra-competitive program, there are seven undergraduate degree options that will help you achieve your goal to teach youth. And most will lead to your initial license to teach in Ohio.

Teaching and Learning offers the BSEd in:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Foreign Language Education
  • Integrated Language Arts Education
  • Middle Childhood Education
  • Science and Mathematics Education
  • Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Education
  • Early and Middle Childhood Studies (non-license program)


Do you have an Ohio teaching license or certificate? Are you interested in expanding your teaching credentials?

Teaching and Learning has five beneficial endorsement programs. Each endorsement from The Ohio State University can increase your marketability as an educator. It gives you the flexibility to teach additional subjects and grade levels than a standard teaching license.

We have developed these programs to have flexibility to fit around your schedule, so earning an endorsement is a convenient and smooth process.

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