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Areas of Study

Want to pursue a traditional education degree? Or perhaps you want to explore a subject area that interests you and obtain a license to teach that subject? We offer both opportunities at ONU.


Traditional Education Degree—Early Childhood or Middle Childhood


When you pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education (preK-grade 3) or Middle Childhood Education (grades 4-9) you are a student in the Department of Education. You will take liberal arts courses in English, math, history, art, music and science, as well as courses in child development, exceptional learners, technology, curriculum, classroom strategies, methods of teaching and more. Early Childhood majors may complete additional coursework for the Early Childhood Generalist endorsement to add grades 4-5 to their Ohio teaching license. Middle Childhood majors may take additional coursework in a concentration area to add a Middle School Generalist endorsement to teach grades 4-6 in that content area.


Teacher Licensure Areas—Adolescent/Young Adult and Multi-Age


We offer several teacher licensure options that allow students to major in an area of interest and obtain a license to teach in that area. Students will major in their field of interest, then through the Department of Education, complete coursework and requirements for an Adolescent/Young Adult (AYA grades 7-12) or Multi-Age (MA preK-grade 12) teacher licensure from the state of Ohio. Our 14 content areas:

  1. Integrated Language Arts (Department of English)
  2. Music Education (Department of Music)
  3. Integrated Social Studies (Department of History, Political Science and Geography)
  4. Mathematics Education (Department of Mathematics)
  5. Integrated Science (Either the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, the Department of Physics and Astronomy, or the Department of Biological Health and Allied Sciences)
  6. Life Sciences (Department of Biological Health and Allied Sciences)
  7. Physical Sciences: Physics (Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry)
  8. Physical Sciences: Chemistry (Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry)
  9. Physical Sciences: Physics and Chemistry (Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry)
  10. Foreign Language (French, Spanish or German) (Department of Modern Languages)
  11. Career Tech- Technology Education (Department of Technological Studies)
  12. Engineering Education (T.J. Smull College of Engineering)
Education Department

Dr. Diana Garlough

Dukes 306
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
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