Professional Teaching Program

The Teaching major requires students to apply to the Professional Teaching Program to progress Fall Term third year (Year 3) courses. The Professional Teaching Program is the Year 3 and Year 4. Students progress from Pre-Teaching status to full Teaching Major with Elementary Education Specialty Option. Students moving into Student Teaching year (Year 4) will also need to meet the Student Teaching advancement requirements.
Contact the Teaching major Program Coordinator with Professional Program questions.

2022-2023 Professional Program:

Applications open on January 1, 2022. Priority application deadline is June 30, 2022.

Transfer students who are planning to begin Professional Program Fall 2022 are encouraged to be admitted to OSU Spring term 2022 to complete the Professional Program application requirements by June 2022. COCC students completing the AAOT can apply as a COCC/OSU Degree Partnership Program to take courses at both OSU and COCC Spring term.

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Professional Application Requirements:

Students must complete courses 85% in the Pre-Teaching Core and OSU Baccalaureate Core before applying to the Teaching major.  Students meet with the Teaching academic advisor, create an academic plan prior to applying to the professional level.

  • Complete your TSPC background check and fingerprinting  *Complete as early as possible
  • 90 credits completed by Fall term of Professional Program (YEAR 3).
  • 3.0 preferred overall GPA
  • Complete Pre-Teaching courses with C grade or better
  • Complete enough Pre-Teaching courses and Bacc Core to ensure all requirements (besides YEAR 4) are completed by Fall term YEAR 4.
  • Résumé
  • Cover Letter
Student Teaching (YEAR 4) Requirements

         Advancement to Teacher Student Teaching (YEAR 4) is based on:

  • Completion of Teaching major and option requirements courses outside the Year 4 Student Teaching
  • All Professional Program classes must have a GPA of 3.0
  • All program courses must be C grade or higher
  • Complete ED 409 series in practicum
  • Earn a passing score on the National Evaluation Series (NES) Elementary Education I and II subtests. For 2021-2022 student teaching year - exceptions for testing access may be made by Teaching Coordinator.