Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Education
ONU's degree program in engineering education is the first of its kind in Ohio and one of the first in the nation. The program directly addresses the need to develop a new generation of high school students who can contribute to solving our nation’s challenges through engineering and innovation. The four-year engineering degree will prepare graduates to become licensed secondary math teachers but with a more specialized perspective than teachers who have a traditional education diploma.
Teachers with this degree will be the front-line advocates for engineering careers, which, according to research, have not been adequately communicated to high school students. Ohio Northern’s program will help maintain America’s place as a global leader in science and technology by graduating educators who will inspire young people to pursue higher education and careers in engineering.
The program combines a general engineering degree with the required education and math courses to earn a teaching certification, but it also offers opportunities beyond the high school classroom. Graduates can pursue job opportunities in corporate sales, training or even careers in science and technology museums. Graduates will also be able to seek out traditional engineering careers or go on to graduate school.
Program Educational Objectives
Graduates of the engineering education program will:
- Demonstrate success in their chosen profession.
- Contribute to an expansion of knowledge of both engineering and education through professional development opportunities and community service.
- Develop and cultivate identities as “Engineering Educators” by functioning at the intersection of engineering and education.
By the time of graduation, students majoring in engineering education will have:
- An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
- An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
- An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
- An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
- An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
- An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
- An ability to communicate effectively
- The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
- A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
- A knowledge of contemporary issues
- An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
The detailed program of study for engineering education can be found in the document at the bottom of this page.
Bailey Blake, BSME ’10
Completed a Master of Mathematical Sciences, with a specialization for mathematics educators, at Ohio State University
"All of my professors at ONU took a very personal interest in my life, and I think many of them are as excited about my future education and career path as I am. It's really encouraging to have the support of your professors behind you as enter the "real world" after graduation. It all boils down to the fact that being at a small university makes a huge difference, otherwise I wouldn't have had nearly as many opportunities."
Director of First-Year Engineering
Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
We want our teachers to understand that engineering is so much more than just math and science. It’s creative, innovative and entrepreneurial. Engineering bridges the gap between numbers and creativity. Students should receive, at least, an introduction to the subject of engineering while in middle and high school. This degree program is the first step to a nationwide effort to accomplish that goal.
A. A Bachelor of Science in Engineering Education.
Q. How soon must a student commit to the program?
A. It will be most advantageous for a student to select Engineering Education at the beginning of his or her freshman year. However, a student who transfers to Engineering Education after one year in another engineering discipline will still be able to graduate in four years, with the possible addition of one or two classes, at most.
Q. Will graduates be able to sit for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam in preparation to ultimately become a Professional Engineering (PE)?
A. It is fully anticipated that graduates will be able to take the FE, and pursue registration as a Professional Engineer.