License, Certificate and Endorsement Options

License, endorsement & certificate options, Teacher Education graduate students

The University of Dayton Department of Teacher Education offers three types of license, endorsement & certificate programs at the graduate level, leading to different credentials for different purposes.

  • Educator preparation programs (leading to a State of Ohio-issued teaching license): For people who hold a bachelor’s degree and wish to pursue the coursework for a teaching license at the graduate level. Students who are successful in a State of Ohio-issued licensure program have the option to earn a Master of Science in Education (MSE) degree by completing the 12-13 hours of core courses and the minimum requirement of 30 semester hours.
  • Educator preparation programs (leading to a State of Ohio-issued endorsement): Credential is added to a valid state of Ohio teaching license and signifies specialized expertise in school settings.
  • University of Dayton-issued graduate certificate: Programs signify specialized expertise in school settings. You do not need to hold a valid state of Ohio teaching license to be eligible for a graduate certificate, but some certificate programs may require prior teaching experience for admission.

Expand the sections below to learn more about your options:

The following Master of Science in Education (MSE) programs lead to a State of Ohio-issued teaching license:

Adolescence to Young Adult Education

Overview: Program leads to a State of Ohio-issued teaching license for grades 7-12. It also leads to the Professional Educator Certificate issued by the University of Dayton. Candidates must complete approved program coursework in one of the following teaching concentration areas: earth sciences, integrated language arts, integrated mathematics, integrated social studies, life sciences or physical sciences. The State of Ohio also requires passing scores on the Ohio Assessment for Educators. Applicants to this program must apply for the Master of Science in Education degree with a concentration in Adolescence to Young Adult Education.

Admission requirements: Applicants should submit the following information in addition to the online application:

  • Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  • Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers.
  • A personal statement or résumé.
  • Results from the GRE or MAT are required for applicants with an undergraduate grade-point average below 2.75 on a 4.0 scale (*See below).
  • Submit copies of Praxis, or the Ohio Assessment for Educators, passing score(s) results of content area(s).

*Applicants must have attained an undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Applicants who have less than a 2.75 cumulative GPA may be admitted if they achieve a raw score of 40 or higher or a scaled score of 396 or higher on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or scaled scores of 149 or higher on the verbal ability and 4.0 or higher on the analytical writing sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). For test administrations prior to October 2002, a scaled score of 490 or higher on the analytical ability section is required.

Note: Additional requirements apply for international students >>

Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Intervention Specialist

Overview: Students in the transdisciplinary ECE program are eligible to earn two State of Ohio-issued licenses: Early Childhood Education (ECE) and Early Childhood Intervention Specialist (ECIS). The ECE license is valid for teaching children ages three through eight or for prekindergarten through grade three who are typically-developing. The ECIS license is valid for teaching children who have mild, moderate to intensive educational needs, including service coordination. The State of Ohio also requires passing scores on the Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE). Applicants to this program must apply for the Master of Science in Education degree with a concentration in Transdisciplinary Early Childhood Education. 

Admission requirements: Applicants should submit the following information in addition to the online application:

  • Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  • Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers.
  • A personal statement or résumé.
  • Results from the GRE or MAT are required for applicants with an undergraduate grade-point average below 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with a master's degree do not need to submit GRE/MAT scores.

Applicants must have attained an undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Applicants who have less than a 2.75 cumulative GPA may be admitted if they achieve a raw score of 40 or higher or a scaled score of 396 or higher on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or scaled scores of 149 or higher on the verbal ability and 4.0 or higher on the analytical writing sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). For test administrations prior to October 2002, a scaled score of 490 or higher on the analytical ability section is required.

Note: Additional requirements apply for international students >>

Interdisciplinary Educational Studies (Visual Arts, Music Education)

Overview: Preparation program leads to a State of Ohio-issued teaching license for grades PK-12. In addition to the professional education courses, the program requires course work in the following areas: Visual Arts or Music Education. The State of Ohio requires passing scores on the Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE). Applicants to this program must apply for the Master of Science in Education degree with a concentration in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Admission requirements: Applicants should submit the following information in addition to the online application:

  • Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  • Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers.
  • A personal statement or résumé.
  • Results from the GRE or MAT are required for applicants with an undergraduate grade-point average below 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. 

Applicants must have attained an undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Applicants who have less than a 2.75 cumulative GPA may be admitted if they achieve a raw score of 40 or higher or a scaled score of 396 or higher on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or scaled scores of 149 or higher on the verbal ability and 4.0 or higher on the analytical writing sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). For test administrations prior to October 2002, a scaled score of 490 or higher on the analytical ability section is required.

Note: Additional requirements apply for international students >>

Intervention Specialist Mild/Moderate

Overview: Program leads to a State of Ohio-issued license to teach students with mild-to-moderate disabilities, K-12 (learning disabilities, mild cognitive disabilities and emotional disturbance). The State of Ohio also requires passing scores on the Ohio Assessment for Educators. Applicants to this program must apply for the Master of Science in Education degree with a concentration in Intervention Specialist.

Admission requirements: Applicants should submit the following information in addition to the online application:

Note: Additional requirements apply for international students >>

Middle Childhood Education

Overview: Program leads to a State of Ohio-issued teaching license for grades 4-9. Candidates must complete approved coursework in two of the following areas: mathematics, science, social studies, reading/language arts. The State of Ohio also requires passing scores on the Ohio Assessment for Educators. Applicants to this program must apply for the Master of Science in Education degree with a concentration in Middle Childhood Education.

Admission requirements: Applicants should submit the following information in addition to the online application:

  • Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  • Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers.
  • A personal statement or résumé.
  • Results from the GRE or MAT are required for applicants with an undergraduate grade-point average below 2.75 on a 4.0 scale (*See below).
  • Submit copies of Praxis, or the Ohio Assessment for Educators, passing score(s) results of content area(s).

*Applicants must have attained an undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Applicants who have less than a 2.75 cumulative GPA may be admitted if they achieve a raw score of 40 or higher or a scaled score of 396 or higher on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or scaled scores of 149 or higher on the verbal ability and 4.0 or higher on the analytical writing sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). For test administrations prior to October 2002, a scaled score of 490 or higher on the analytical ability section is required.

Note: Additional requirements apply for international students >>

Multi-Age Education (World Languages)

Overview: Program leads to a State of Ohio-issued teaching license for grades PK-12. Candidates must complete approved coursework in the following areas: French, German or Spanish. State of Ohio language tests (Oral Proficiency Interview - OPI & the Writing Proficiency Test - WPT) are required. The State of Ohio also requires passing scores on the Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE). Applicants to this program must apply for the Master of Science in Education degree with a concentration in Multi-Age Education.

Admission requirements:

  • Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  • Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers.
  • A personal statement or resume.
  • Results from the GRE or MAT are required for applicants with an undergraduate grade-point average below 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Submit copies of Praxis, or the Ohio Assessment for Educators, passing score(s) results of content area(s).

Applicants must have attained an undergraduate cumulative grad- point average of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Applicants who have less than a 2.75 cumulative GPA may be admitted if they achieve a raw score of 40 or higher or a scaled score of 396 or higher on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or scaled scores of 149 or higher on the verbal ability and 4.0 or higher on the analytical writing sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). For test administrations prior to October 2002, a scaled score of 490 or higher on the analytical ability section is required.

Note: Additional requirements apply for international students >>


The following programs lead to a State of Ohio-issued endorsement:

Early Childhood Generalist Preparation

Overview: Leads to a State of Ohio-issued endorsement which can be added to a valid Early Childhood Education Ohio teaching certificate/license; is valid for teaching grades 4-5. A passing score on the Ohio Assessment for Educators is required to apply for this endorsement.

Admission requirements: Applicants should submit the following information in addition to the online application:

Applicants to the middle childhood generalist endorsement program should submit the following information in addition to the online application:

  • Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  • One  letter of recommendation from a professor or an employer.
  • A personal statement or résumé.
  • Results from the GRE or MAT are required for applicants with an undergraduate grade-point average below 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants who hold a master's degree do not need to submit GRE/MAT scores.
  • Applicants must hold a valid teaching license.

Applicants must have attained an undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Applicants who have less than a 2.75 cumulative GPA may be admitted if they achieve a raw score of 40 or higher or a scaled score of 396 or higher on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or scaled scores of 149 or higher on the verbal ability and 4.0 or higher on the analytical writing sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). For test administrations prior to October 2002, a scaled score of 490 or higher on the analytical ability section is required.

Note: Additional requirements apply for international students >>

Middle Childhood Generalist Preparation

Overview: Leads to a State of Ohio-issued endorsement which can be added to a valid Middle Childhood Education Ohio teaching certificate/license; is valid for teaching grades 4-6. A passing score on the Ohio Assessment for Educators is required for this endorsement.

Admission requirements: Applicants should submit the following information in addition to the online application:

  • Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  • One letter of recommendation from a professor or an employer.
  • A personal statement or resume.
  • Results from the GRE or MAT are required for applicants with an undergraduate grade-point average below 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants who hold a master's degree do not need to submit GRE/MAT scores.
  • Applicants must hold a valid teaching license.

Applicants must have attained an undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Applicants who have less than a 2.75 cumulative GPA may be admitted if they achieve a raw score of 40 or higher or a scaled score of 396 or higher on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or scaled scores of 149 or higher on the verbal ability and 4.0 or higher on the analytical writing sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). For test administrations prior to October 2002, a scaled score of 490 or higher on the analytical ability section is required.

Note: Additional requirements apply for international students >>

Prekindergarten Special Needs Preparation

Overview: Leads to a State of Ohio-issued endorsement which can be added to a valid Early Childhood Education or Intervention Specialist Ohio teaching certificate/license; is valid for teaching children age 3-5. A passing score on the Ohio Assessment for Educators is required for this endorsement.

Admission requirements: Applicants should submit the following information in addition to the online application:

  • Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked "Issued to Student" and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  • One letter of recommendation from a professor or an employer.
  • A personal statement or resume.
  • Results from the GRE or MAT are required for applicants with an undergraduate grade-point average below 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with a master's degree do not need to submit GRE/MAT scores.
  • Applicants must hold a valid teaching license.

Applicants must have attained an undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Applicants who have less than a 2.75 cumulative GPA may be admitted if they achieve a raw score of 40 or higher or a scaled score of 396 or higher on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or scaled scores of 149 or higher on the verbal ability and 4.0 or higher on the analytical writing sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). For test administrations prior to October 2002, a scaled score of 490 or higher on the analytical ability section is required.

Note: Additional requirements apply for international students >>

Reading Preparation

Overview: Leads to a State of Ohio-issued endorsement which can be added to a valid Ohio teaching certificate/license; is valid for teaching children grades P-12. To begin the coursework for the reading endorsement, candidates must have already completed prerequisite reading requirements or the approved equivalents. A passing score on the Ohio Assessment for Educators is required for this endorsement.

Admission requirements: Applicants should submit the following information in addition to the online application:

  • Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  • One letter of recommendation from a professor or an employer.
  • A personal statement or résumé.
  • Results from the GRE or MAT are required for applicants with an undergraduate grade-point average below 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Applicants must hold a valid teaching license.

Applicants must have attained an undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Applicants who have less than a 2.75 cumulative GPA may be admitted if they achieve a raw score of 40 or higher or a scaled score of 396 or higher on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or scaled scores of 149 or higher on the verbal ability and 4.0 or higher on the analytical writing sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). For test administrations prior to October 2002, a scaled score of 490 or higher on the analytical ability section is required.

Note: Additional requirements apply for international students >>

Teacher Leader Preparation

Overview: Leads to a State Ohio-issued endorsement. The concentration acknowledges the important role of teacher leaders in school settings, such as mentoring and coaching, providing professional development and decision-making. The concentration's nine semester hours consist of coursework and associated clinical activities. To be eligible for admission, prospective candidates need to have a master's degree and at least four years of successful teaching experience. Due to the unique nature of the content and clinical practice, transferring credits for these courses will not be considered.

Admission requirements: Applicants should submit the following information in addition to the online application:

  • Official academic transcripts of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  • Master degree required (3.0 GPA or better master degree conferred required).
  • One letter of recommendation from a professor, employer or colleague.
  • A recommendation letter to the TeacherLeader program by a school administrator (principal, superintendent or other central office administrator) providing evidence of four years of successful teaching experience.
  • A personal statement or résumé.
  • Provide a copy of a valid teaching license. 

Note: Additional requirements apply for international students >>

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certificate

Overview: For individuals who already hold a bachelor's degree in any field. This program prepares students to teach English as an additional language in postsecondary schools, adult education settings and private language institutes in the U.S. and abroad. It can also help pre- and in-service P-12 teachers gain competence in working with English-language learners in their grade level and content area classrooms. It should be noted the certificate alone does not qualify a teacher for a TESOL endorsement from the state of Ohio. A passing score on the Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE) is required for the endorsement. Applicants to this program must apply for the TESOL Certificate Program. For those persons who do not hold an Ohio license, the TESOL certificate program is an option.

Admission requirements: 

  • GPA: 2.75 or higher undergraduate GPA, OR successfully completed a prior master’s degree.
  • Test scores: If undergraduate GPA is below 2.75, one of following: MAT – raw score 40+/scaled score 396+; GRE scaled scores of 149+ (verbal) and 4.0+ (analytical writing).
  • Academic and professional background: Bachelor’s degree in any field; prior language study or experience in non-English speaking country strongly preferred; experience with international populations and education helpful.
  • English proficiency: Professional and academic proficiency in written English as demonstrated through application materials; additionally, if English is not a first language, prior degree from English-medium university OR minimum test scores as follows: TOEFL iBT – 94 (listening – 22, speaking – 26, reading – 22, writing – 24); IELTS – 7.0 (6.5+ for all subscores); exceptions considered for strong candidates whose scores approach these minimums

New applicants who are not current or recent UD graduate students need to submit all of the items listed below. Current UD graduate students need only submit an electronic application, an updated statement of purpose, and test scores if applicable.

  • Official transcripts from all prior undergraduate and graduate studies.
  • One letter of recommendation from an employer, professor or another individual in a position to evaluate your professional and academic potential.
  • A statement of purpose that addresses your future goals and motivation for joining the program; your prior experience with language, international populations, education, and any other relevant areas
  • A résumé.
  • TOEFL iBT, IELTS, MAT or GRE scores, as needed.
Questions? Submit a TESOL inquiry form >>

Note: Additional requirements apply for international students >>

Technology-Enhanced Learning certificate

Overview: Issued by the state of Ohio; can be added to a standard Ohio teaching certificate/license, and is valid for grades K-12. For those persons who do not hold an Ohio license, the technology-enhanced learning certificate program is an option. Program prepares in-service teachers to integrate technology-enhanced learning into their own teaching and to assist other professionals in their buildings in accomplishing the same. The courses focus on helping master's candidates increase teacher and student learning in the context of a technology-enhanced, problem-based learning environment. A passing score on the Ohio Assessment for Educators is required to apply for this endorsement.

Admission requirements: 

  • Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  • One letter of recommendation from a professor or an employer.
  • A personal statement or resume.
  • Results from the GRE or MAT are required for applicants with an undergraduate grade-point average below 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.

Applicants must have attained an undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Applicants who have less than a 2.75 cumulative GPA may be admitted if they achieve a raw score of 40 or higher or a scaled score of 396 or higher on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or scaled scores of 149 or higher on the verbal ability and 4.0 or higher on the analytical writing sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). For test administrations prior to October 2002, a scaled score of 490 or higher on the analytical ability section is required.

Note: Additional requirements apply for international students >>


The following programs lead to a University of Dayton-issued certificate.

Autism certificate

Overview: Develops knowledge and skills in the role and function of the Intervention Specialist and the general education teacher in providing services to students with autism and related disorders.

Dyslexia certificate

Overview: Prepares candidates to work with students with dyslexia within the regular classroom. Candidates will learn advanced phonics and multisensory instructional methods to meet the needs of students with dyslexia in their classrooms.

Admission requirements: Admission to the Dyslexia certificate program requires admission to the Literacy or Reading Preparation program.

Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy certificate

Overview: Designed for experienced ECE professionals, such as program administrators, supervisors, teacher leaders and other professionals who work with and advocate for young children and their families. This program prepares candidates with the knowledge and skills required to be effective leaders and advocates in the field of early care and education. Learn more: Program info >>

Admission requirements: Applicants should submit the following information in addition to the online application:

  • Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  • One letter of recommendation from a professor or an employer.
  • A personal statement or résumé.
  • Results from the GRE or MAT are required for applicants with an undergraduate grade-point average below 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.

Applicants must have attained an undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Applicants who have less than a 2.75 cumulative GPA may be admitted if they achieve a raw score of 40 or higher or a scaled score of 396 or higher on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or scaled scores of 149 or higher on the verbal ability and 4.0 or higher on the analytical writing sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). For test administrations prior to October 2002, a scaled score of 490 or higher on the analytical ability section is required.

Note: Additional requirements apply for international students >>

Infant and Toddler Specialist certificate

Overview: Designed for early childhood professionals. Coursework can be taken as a standalone certificate at the graduate or undergraduate level. It can also be applied to the master of education in Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy. Candidates will create high quality programs for infants and toddlers and that support secure parental and caregiver attachment, social and emotional development and resilience; identify and implement culturally responsive strategies that support infant and toddler development within the context of their family; and demonstrate skills that support language development in ways that form the neuro network shown to be the foundation for all future learning.


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