All teacher licensure candidates must complete the following prerequisites:

Before applying: Take appropriate content courses as shown on the Content Knowledge FormsNote: It is possible to finish content courses after applying for the MS program but before beginning the program. These courses should be noted as “TBD” on the Content Knowledge Form included in your application.

  • Experience working with youth (only one of the following is required):

    • ED 309 Field Practicum (or the equivalent at another institution) (ED309 is offered fall and winter terms. A background check and department approval is required for registration. Application deadline for ED309: Fall term = June 1, Winter term = November 1. See advisor or click here for deadlines and details.

    • 50 hours of documented activity with middle or high school students and 10 hours of classroom observation at the grade level and in the subject you want to teach.

  • Learn about opportunities to gain experience in teaching and tutoring online through OSU’s 4H & U program and in-classroom teaching through the paid internship with the College of Education in K-12 schools in Macau, China.

  • A course in Adolescent Psychology (ex. ED 253, ED 411, ED 412, HDFS 313, HDFS 229 at Linn-Benton Community College, or a similar course at another institution)

  • Students can take ED472, ESOL Education, and SED413, Inquiry in Science and Science Education, or SED414, Inquiry in Mathematics and Mathematics Education before starting the MS program. 

  • Qualifying OSU students, still in their bachelor’s program, may want to take graduate subject matter courses through the Accelerated Master’s Platform

During the summer of the MS program, before August 1

  • Pass the content-specific teacher exam(s) for your endorsement area. See the ORELA website.
  • Complete your fingerprint and background check. By law, your background check must be approved before starting your student teaching placement in August. Scroll down on the webpage to find information.