Adolescent/Young Adult (AYA) Licensure Programs
Certification in 7th–12th Grades
The adolescent/young adult licensure programs prepare teachers to work with students in grades 7 to 12. The Ohio Department of Education has approved Cedarville University to issue Adolescent/Young Adult licenses for teachers in the areas of:
- Integrated Science (comprehensive)
- Integrated Life Science
- Integrated Physical Science
- Integrated Physics
- Integrated Chemistry
- Integrated Mathematics
- Integrated Language Arts
- Integrated Social Studies
The course requirements for each licensure field are outlined in the catalog
under the department that offers the major.
Early Childhood Education
Certification in Preschool–Third Grade
The early childhood education major prepares students to teach Preschool–third grade in public and private/Christian schools in the U.S. and abroad. The early childhood major is the largest program in the Cedarville University's School of Education. This program is a nationally accredited Teacher Education Program that focuses on the 10 standards of the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) naeyc.org/academy/primary/standardsintro.
Students in the early childhood program participate in more than 1,027 hours of field and clinical experiences beginning in the freshman year through their student teaching clinical experience as a senior. The student teaching clinical internship semester is a 16-week experience as a lead teacher. This experience may be completed in a local school near Cedarville University or as part of our Overseas Student Internship Program.
Early Childhood and Special Education Double Major
Our program has been designed so that teacher-candidates may major in both early childhood education and multi-age special education. Courses align to allow students to complete the double major in nine semesters. The double major may be completed in four years with additional course work completed during May or summer terms or by completing an additional semester. At the completion of this double major, teacher-candidates will receive licensure in both Early Childhood Education (preschool–third grade) and Intervention Specialist: Mild to Moderate (K–12th grade).
Sample Four-Year Plan
Middle Childhood Education
Certification in 4th–9th Grades
In the Middle Childhood Education Program, teacher candidates choose two concentration areas of study:
- Language Arts
- Social Studies
In addition to proficiency in two of these concentrations, candidates take three courses in study. At the successful completion of the program, a candidate is certified to teach two disciplines in grades 4 through 9.
At Cedarville University, there are specialized courses specifically for middle childhood. When studying science, for example, there are specialized courses such as science concepts, methods, and environmental science just for the middle childhood major. The same is true for the other three concentrations. Candidates experience more than 200 hours of field experience, including 60 hours of co-teaching in an urban setting and special education. Prior to the candidates' 16-week student teaching internship experience, candidates experience a structured field experience in reading and in their areas of concentration. Our graduates are very well prepared for taking charge of a middle school classroom.
Sample Four-Year Plan
Multi-Age Licensure Programs
Certification in Preschool–12th grade
The multi-age licensure education programs prepare students to work with students in Preschool through 12th grade. The Ohio Department of Education has approved Cedarville University to issue multi-age licenses in the areas of:
The course requirements for each licensure area are outlined in the academic catalog under the department that offers the major.
Certification for Kindergarten - 12th grade
Graduates of the Multi-Age Special Education Program are prepared for the Ohio Intervention Specialist: Mild to Moderate license. Teachers with this specialty are prepared to:
- Co-teach in inclusion classrooms at the elementary, middle and high school levels.
- Work in pull-out settings to address specific learning needs.
- Work in specialized contexts such as alternative school settings or with incarcerated students.
Early Childhood & Special Education Double Major
Our program has been designed so that teacher candidates may major in both Early Childhood Education and Multi-Age Special Education. Courses align to allow the double major to be completed in nine semesters. The double major may be completed in four years with an additional semester of coursework completed during May or Summer terms or by completing an additional semester. At the completion of this double major, teacher candidates will receive licensure in both Early Childhood Education and Intervention Specialist: Mild to Moderate.
Sample Four-Year Plan