L.E.A.D. Program (Licensure in Education for Adults with Degrees)
Any candidate who has received a Bachelor’s Degree (either B.A. or B.S.) is eligible to add teaching licensure to his/her credentials. While the individual programs vary by subject area, most post-baccalaureate candidates are able to complete their licensure preparation courses in four or five semesters, attending classes full-time. Individual program guides are available through the Graduate Admissions Office. Depending on the licensure area sought (Early Childhood Education, Intervention Specialist Education, Middle Childhood Education, or Adolescent to Young Adult Education), the Director of Graduate Education Studies will also provide assistance in planning each candidate's particular preparatory program.
Regardless of licensure program, certain commonalities apply to any candidate who elects to participate in the Teacher Preparation Program after completing his/her bachelor’s degree.
- Most of the basic education courses required for licensure can be taken EITHER at the graduate or undergraduate level. The equivalencies are listed below:
Course List Code Title Hours Undergraduate Course/Graduate Equivalency EDUC 107 School and Society: Intro Educ (NONE) 3 EDUC 206 T1:DV:Except&MultiCultGlobSoci 3 or EDF 606 Acc Learn w/Special Needs EDUC 208 DM:Instructional Technology 3 or EDT 601 Information and Communications EDUC 264 H2b: Education Psychology 3 or EDF 601 Psychology of Learning EDUC 250 Develop Language/Literacy 3 or EDT 650 Dev Language/Literacy EDUC 351 Meth Teach: Develop Reading 3 or EDT 651 Meth Teach Dev Reading EDUC 252 Prin & Prac of Tch Phonics 3 or EDT 652 Prin/Pract of Teach Phonics EDUC 353 Reading Assess/Intervention 3 or EDT 653 Reading Assess/Intervention ISE 243 Positive Learning Environment 3 or EDT 670 Positive Strat in Discipline
- In preparation for licensure, each candidate must complete at least 300 hours of field experience PRIOR to student teaching. These documented hours must represent a range of experiences with diverse learners in urban, suburban, and rural districts, and both public and parochial schools. Additionally, at least one of these experiences must include accommodating students with special needs. The candidate's course instructors, advisor, and the Education Placement Office will assist each candidate in fulfilling these requirements prior to student teaching.
- As a condition for visiting schools or working with students, Walsh University requires each licensure candidate to submit a clear BCII background check.
All candidates should be aware that prior criminal convictions, whether or not the conviction has been expunged, can affect his/her ability to obtain a license to teach in the State of Ohio and/or affect his/her ability to obtain employment in a preschool program, parochial school, public school district or chartered non-public school.
It is the candidate's responsibility to determine whether he or she is eligible for licensure and/or employment as a teacher in the State of Ohio.Each Walsh University education candidate is responsible for maintaining the high moral and ethical standards necessary to be included in field experiences, pre-student/student teaching and to become licensed to teach in the State of Ohio.
- The preclinical (pre-student) teaching experience at Walsh University is completed in the same location, and with the same cooperating teacher(s) as the planned clinical (student teaching) semester. Depending on the intended licensure area, these preclinical (pre-student) teaching classes are to be taken one semester before clinical (student teaching).
Course List Code Title Hours Licensure Area and Preclinical (Pre-Student Teaching) Course(s) All AYA Licensure Areas AYA 437
& EDUC 425
Pre-Clin: General Methods
and AYA/MCE Pre-Stud Teach Methods
3 All MCE Licensure Areas MCE 437
& EDUC 425
Pre-Clin: General Methods
and AYA/MCE Pre-Stud Teach Methods
3 Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Intervention Specialist ECE 410 ECE:Profession in Practice 3 Intervention Specialist Education ISE 441 ISE:Pro Prac:Pre-Stud Teach 3
- Upon completion of all required courses, a minimum of 300 hours of documented field experience, approval of the Student Teaching Application, and successful completion of the preclinical teaching methods course(s), the candidate completes his/her clinical semester. Working in cooperation with the Education Placement Office, each licensure candidate is regularly observed by a university supervisor, in addition to his/her assigned cooperating teacher. Throughout the Teacher Preparation Program, and especially during the student teaching semester, the Ohio Educator Standards are utilized to evaluate the student teacher’s preparation, classroom practices, and professionalism. A professional e-portfolio is developed to document achievement in each Ohio Educator Standards and is aligned with the Division of Education Candidate Proficiencies. The licensure candidate normally registers for two courses in fulfillment of the student teaching requirement: a seminar (3 credit hours) and the student teaching experience itself (3 credit hours). The specific courses are listed below:
Course List Code Title Hours Intended Licensure Area and Student Teaching Semester Courses All AYA Subjects EDUC 362-A LEAD Student Teach Experience 3 EDUC 468 H3:Student Teaching Seminar 3 Middle Childhood EDUC 362-A LEAD Student Teach Experience 3 EDUC 468 H3:Student Teaching Seminar 3 Early Childhood EDUC 362-A LEAD Student Teach Experience 3 EDUC 468 H3:Student Teaching Seminar 3 Intervention Specialist EDUC 362-A LEAD Student Teach Experience 3 EDUC 468 H3:Student Teaching Seminar 3
- Successful completion of the Teacher Preparation Program and student teaching includes the licensure candidate’s passing the Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) tests in his/her content areas. Each candidate is required to take the Assessment of Professional Knowledge Test AND the test(s) associated with his/her specialization area(s). The Education Placement Office can provide additional OAE registration information. Passing all tests associated with the intended licensure area is required by the Ohio Department of Education, regardless of completed course work, as a condition for state approval for initial licensure.
- A candidate may elect to expand his/her teaching credentials by adding an endorsement to his/her license.
- Upon completion of the licensure program, candidates often elect to complete their Master of Arts in Education requirements immediately. Others choose to obtain teaching positions, and then complete their remaining courses, as required by the Ohio Department of Education. Those interested in completing the Masters of Arts in Education program AND licensure courses simultaneously are required to fulfill a separate set of course requirements. See the Director of Graduate Education Studies for additional information about the Master of Arts in Education program.