Department of Education

This page provides the BW community with easy access to the policies and processes coordinated by the Department of Education. The Department provides BW teacher candidates with academic support and advising, a variety of field placement assignments, and assistance in applying for initial licensure in Ohio. We look forward to working with you!

About Us

The Department of Education, located in Wheeler Hall, offers rigorous and career-focused undergraduate and graduate programs of study to provide teacher candidates with the knowledge, skills, perspectives, and 21st century tools needed to succeed in today's diverse and complex educational environment. Baldwin Wallace University is an accredited, state-approved institution of teacher education programs.

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The program is designed to prepare participants to work with individuals whose native language is not English and is open to both education majors and non-education majors. Education majors, at all levels, will be better prepared to work with students in their classes whose first language is not English. Non-education majors will prepare to work along-side speakers of other languages and to help them acquire more proficiency in English. The certificate requires four courses: EDU 211D, Exploring Education in a Diverse Society (3 hours); Humanities 285I, Intercultural Communication (3 hours); EDU 315, Second Language Acquisition (3 hours); and EDU 316, Assessment and Evaluation Tools for the ESL Classroom (3 hours.) EDU 315 and EDU 316 both require field experiences.

* The certificate is not a teaching license or an endorsement in the state of Ohio.

Educator Licensure Testing Requirements (OH)

Ohio Licensure Exams

Candidates seeking initial licensure in Ohio must successfully complete the required pedagogy and subject area exams as determined by the State Department of Education of Ohio. The test series providers for initial Ohio licensure are the Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages/Language Testing International (ACTFL/LTI) for candidates seeking licensure in world languages. In select areas, Praxis series assessments are also required.

Please visit the Ohio Department of Education website to learn more about initial licensure and Ohio​ licensure exam requirements.

What Exams Do I Need to Take?

OH Educator Testing Licensure Requirements (updated July 1, 2020)​

Where Can I Register for the Exams?

Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) (Pearson website)

ACTFL/LTI World Languages Examinations (ACTFL/LTI website)

Where Can I Find Study Guides and Preparation Materials for the Exams?

Click here for additional information regarding individual assessment frameworks, study guides, practice assessments, expanded study guides, videos, tutorials, and additional resources.

Military Fee Waiver

Click here to learn about seeking reimbursement for Ohio Assessments for Educators.

P: 440.826.2166

Department of Education

Wheeler Hall 300 Front St., Berea, OH 44017