Teacher Education

Department Contact Information

401 McGuffey Hall


Primary Education (PK-5), Middle Childhood Education (grades 4-9), Integrated language Arts (grades 7-12), Integrated Mathematics (grades 7-12), Integrated Social Studies (grades 7-12), Integrated Science (grades 7-12), and Foreign Language Education (grades PK-12)

Optional Program:  The Urban Cohort is a community-based approach to teacher education. Miami faculty and Urban Cohort students collaborate with high-need schools and community-based organizations to prepare teachers who are grounded in the life of the community. Interested students apply spring semester of their freshman year.

Inclusive Special Education is available through the Educational Psychology Department and Art & Music Education are offered through the College of Creative Arts.


Teacher Education (EDT)Cathy Moore

Cathy Moore, Coordinator of Advising for Teacher Education

401 McGuffey Hall, 513-529-6456; moorecr3@miamioh.edu

First point of contact for undergraduate inquiries in Primary Education, Middle Childhood, Adolescent and Young Adult and Foreign Language. Advises all pre-majors.

Teacher Education Student Organizations

MU Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MUCTM)

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Suzanne R. Harper
MUCTM is an organization which exists solely for the purpose of bettering mathematics education. The members meet four times each semester and discuss the current trends and future of mathematics education. Typically at each meeting, there is a classroom teacher or educator who gives a presentation on an aspect of teaching mathematics. Membership in MUCTM includes student membership to OCTM (Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics) and student e-membership to NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics). For more information visit https://muhub.collegiatelink.net/organization/MUCTM

MU- National Science Teachers Association (MU-NSTA)

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Ann Haley MacKenzie
MU-NSTA is an organization that provides professional development opportunities for those students interested in becoming science teachers at all levels or those interested in being science educators. Members are dedicated education students and teachers who focus on current trends in science education and meet to discuss issues, share innovative lesson and teaching ideas, research findings as well as to engage in service projects devoted to science education issues. Monthly meetings are held to encourage dialogue with other members and to build collegiality.

National Council of Teachers of English – Student Affiliate of Miami (NCTE-SAM)

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Tom Romano
NCTE-SAM (The National Council of Teacher of English – Student Affiliate of Miami) was founded in 1995. Students studying to be an English/language arts teacher in any program in EHS are eligible for membership in NCTE-SAM. The group holds regular meetings to learn about teaching of English/language arts.

Miami Council for the Social Studies

Co-Faculty Advisors:  Dr. Thomas Misco and Dr. James Shiveley
The purpose of the council is to provide a forum for pre-service social studies educators to discuss and learn more about issues related to this subject. Guest speakers and designated topics of discussion pertaining to social studies comprise the meeting's agenda.

Miami University Foreign Language Association (MUFLA)

Advisor: Dr. Martha Castaneda
MUFLA is an organization that seeks to promote foreign language education, to make networking opportunities available to students interested in the teaching of foreign languages, and to establish professional ties. MUFLA holds monthly meetings that provide: expertise relating to the teaching of foreign languages by guest speakers, opportunities to discuss issues and trends in foreign language education, and the sharing of opportunities available of further professional development of members.

Miami Student Education Association (MSEA)

Faculty Advisor: Kim Wachenheim
MSEA is a pre-professional organization of undergraduate and graduate students preparing for careers in education. As a member, students are also a part of the larger Ohio Educational Association. MSEA members are a part of the National Education Association. Monthly meeting are held to encourage dialogue with other professionals and to discuss current issues in education. Students from all licensure areas are welcome to membership.

Kappa Delta Pi

Faculty Advisor: Jeannie Ducher
Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education, is dedicated to excellence in education. The university chapter is a dynamic community of developing educators pledged to worthy ideas to improve education and teaching. Students from all licensure areas are welcome to join. Membership is obtained and maintained through participation in events and activities furthering the vision of quality education for all.

Certificates and Endorsements

Early Childhood Generalist Endorsement

The Early Childhood Generalist Endorsement can be added to a valid Ohio Early Childhood P-3 teaching license upon successful completion of required education courses and by passing the Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) "Elementary Education" Subtest I/018 and Subtest II/019. Such an endorsement enables a teacher to teach all core academic content areas in grades four and five in the State of Ohio. Nine of the 10 hours of the endorsement can apply towards the M.Ed. in Transformative Education degree.

Middle Childhood Generalist Endorsement

This 6-8 hour endorsement includes courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels to enable candidates who hold an Ohio Middle Childhood license to teach one or two additional core subjects in Grades 4-6. The MCE Generalist Endorsement is an add-on (i.e., it can only be obtained with the MCE license) that allows a teacher to teach grades 4-6 in one or two additional content areas not on the original teaching license. Candidates may take these courses without seeking a degree (apply for continuing non-degree seeking student status) or may choose to apply to one of the M.Ed. degrees in the Teacher Education Department or elsewhere in the College of Education, Health, and Society. 

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Undergraduate Endorsement

This 13 hour endorsement provides undergraduate teacher licensure candidates the knowledge, skills, and experiences that will prepare them to meet the challenges of English language learners in their classrooms. Open to all teacher licensure majors.

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Certificate

Offered through the Department of Educational Psychology, the ASD certificate is a four-course certificate to help you develop a broad and updated knowledge base in current research & trends, methods for classroom instruction, understanding and developing approaches to social-emotional and communicative skills, and methods for behavioral support and intervention. Courses may be taken in any sequence and are taught entirely online.

Fostering Just Communities (FJC) Certificate

In this innovative program, the community becomes the curriculum. The Fostering Just Communities Certificate is an interdisciplinary program designed to encourage and facilitate place-based education in an urban setting, with an emphasis on issues of social justice. Open to all majors, students enrolled in the 12-credit hour FJC Certificate will collaborate with community members in a project, and place-based approach to learning.

Teaching English Language Learners Certificate

Teaching English Language Learners (TELLs) Certificate provides undergraduate teacher licensure candidates the knowledge, skills, and experiences that will prepare them to meet the challenges of English language learners in their classrooms. The TELLs Certificate consists of an infusion portfolio, field-based experiences with language learners, a three-course focus sequence, and a cultural and social justice course. Open to all teacher licensure majors.

Field Experience

Each student in the teacher education program participates with a cohort group in classes, field experiences, and student teaching. Each student has the opportunity to participate in a variety of field placements according to his/her subject area and grade level. Student teaching is the pinnacle of the teacher education program and provides the "bridge" between college life and a teaching career. We highly recommend that you review the information on the homepage for the Office of Student Teaching and Field Experiences.