Content Knowledge Demonstration

NES Test

Students choosing to demonstrate content knowledge via NES test score must pass the NES test(s) associated with their endorsement(s) with a minimum score of 220. Score reports for all attempts must be shared with OSU to be documented. If, after two attempts, you have not met the 220 minimum score, please inform the Graduate Student Recruitment Coordinator who will work with you to identify the best path forward to demonstrate content knowledge.


Non-NES Content Knowledge Demonstration

Applicants will indicate in the online application if they choose to demonstrate their content knowledge through a Non-NES avenue. All Non-NES Content Knowledge Demonstrations will be reviewed by faculty and are subject to approval. In the case that a Non-NES Content Knowledge Demonstration is not approved by faculty, students can either demonstrate content knowledge through a satisfactory score on the appropriate NES exam or work with faculty to determine an alternate avenue for demonstrating content knowledge.

Applicants choosing to demonstrate their content knowledge through an avenue other than an NES test must meet all below requirements:

  1. Hold an undergraduate or graduate degree in an acceptable field (indicated in below table)* from an accredited institution of higher education
  2. Pass (grade of C or above) the required classes (indicated in below table) in the major, maintaining a major GPA of 3.0 or higher. 
  3. Pass (grade of C or above) a minimum of 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of classes in the major that are not at remedial level (this can include classes indicated in below table)
  4. Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher upon graduation (includes all classes taken in the degree)

*Please contact the Graduate Recruitment Coordinator if you have an undergraduate or graduate degree that is not listed but you feel aligns to your desired endorsement area

MAT Endorsement Area Acceptable Undergraduate or Graduate Degree or Major Classes

Or any other degree in the biological sciences (e.g. Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Marine Biology)

Ecology and environment
Cell biology or Microbiology


Or any other degree in the chemical sciences (e.g., Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry) 

Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry
Organic Chemistry

English Language Arts
English (including area/period studies) Comparative Literature 
Creative writing Linguistics Journalism 
Analysis/interpretation of literature (3) Composition/writing (2) 
Literacy/language conventions (1)
Integrated Science
Biology Chemistry Physics 
Integrated Physical Science, Life Science 
Earth Science (e.g. Marine Science, Oceanography, Geology, Meteorology, Astronomy)  
Physical science
Life science
Earth/space science
Applied Sciences
Mathematics and Computer Science 
Patterns, algebra, and functions (2) 
Mathematical processes/number sense (1) 
Measurement and geometry (1) 
Trigonometry and calculus (1) Statistics/probability/ discrete mathematics (1) 


Modern physics (e.g. Quantum and Nuclear Physics)
Electricity and magnetism

Social Studies/Social Sciences

Social Studies Majors/Degrees:
Ethnic Studies 
Political Science/Government 

Social Science Majors/Degrees:

Course requirements through August 2023
History/Shared History (4) 
Geography/cultures (2) 
Gov’t, economics, political science (1) 
Sociology/Psychology/Anthropology (1) 
Course requirements beginning September 2023: 
History/Shared History (3) 
Ethnic Studies (1) 
Geography/cultures (2) 
Gov’t, economics, political science (2) 

Elementary/Multiple Subjects



An undergraduate degree in any academic content area, with the following course content areas reflected on the candidate’s transcript:

• Humanities/language arts (4 courses required) 

• Social sciences (2 courses required) Beginning academic year 2023-24, at least one of these two courses must be in ethnic studies or a course that covers similar content or content pedagogy as described below. Optional Social Studies Recommendations: 
Race/Ethnic Studies & US History; 
US History & the Struggle for Civil Rights 
Teaching about Civil Right History in the US

• Mathematics (3 courses required)24 – (recommend Math 211, 212, 213, or content equivalency) 

• Science (3 courses required) 

• Art, health, fitness (2 courses required)