This program is for those who want to use their arts or sciences degree to teach grades 7-12.

We prepare students to teach, change lives, and impact communities. The Secondary Education Licensure Program is for students who are interested in teaching individuals in grades 7-12. Licensures are offered in biology/life science, chemistry, integrated language arts, integrated math, integrated science, and integrated social studies.


Students take courses in their selected subject area that satisfy licensure requirements. In addition, students take courses in pedagogy, which include the following:

  • Classroom Management
  • Introduction to Secondary Education
  • Service Learning: Human Exceptionalities
  • Teaching in an Inclusive Setting
  • Technology in the Classroom.


Students who complete licensure in secondary education (referred to as AYA by the state of Ohio) receive a Resident Educator License which is valid for four years. With this license, a graduate can become a teacher for grades 7-12 in any public or private school in the state of Ohio. Many teachers with Secondary Education licensure lead extracurricular activities, including clubs, service organizations, and interscholastic sports.

Over time, Secondary Education teachers can take positions of leadership within a school, such as:

  • Curriculum coordinator
  • Department chair
  • Educational administrator
  • Lead teacher.

Over time, early childhood teachers can take positions of leadership within a school, such as lead teacher, department chair, curriculum coordinator, and educational administration.




Field experiences begin in the sophomore year, with a service learning experience in an area school. This continues into the junior year, when students take a practicum in a student’s chosen content area. During the senior year, students complete a second practicum experience, followed by a student teaching experience in the subsequent semester.



Nearly any college or university can help you plan for your first job after graduation. We prefer the long-term approach. A liberal arts education at Mount St. Joseph University prepares you for a lifetime of learning and career successes. Our smaller class sizes and supportive environment enable you to thrive as you define your impact on the world. You will “learn how to learn” as you build the skillsets of the future: critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, digital literacy, and entrepreneurism.



“The Education Department is a family. Everyone truly cares about each other and the success of their students. I know I can go to the Education Department for a friendly smile. I can honestly say that going to the Mount and being an Education major has been the best decision of my life.” – Sarah Campbell ’19


For additional information, please contact the School of Education at 513-244-4801.

Additional Resources

  Faculty and Staff

Harrison Collier
Undergraduate Chair- School of Education Director of Clinical Experiences, Assessment Coordinator


Laura Saylor
Dean of Education, Program Director, Assistant Professor


Michael Bindis 
Dean of Education, Program Director, Assistant Professor

  2020-2021 Undergraduate Rate Sheet [PDF] (69 KB)

View a complete listing of tuition, fees, and other costs associated with undergraduate study at the University.