Teacher Education

Master of Education and Licensure in Adolescent to Young Adult Education

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Why Choose Adolescent to Young Adult Education?

Wright State’s adolescent to young adult education program leads to a Master of Education degree and licensure to teach grades 7–12. You will be able to choose one of four different licensure areas, including integrated language arts, integrated social studies, integrated mathematics, or sciences (chemistry, life/earth science, physics).  

When you complete the program and pass Ohio-required licensure exams, you are eligible for an Ohio Resident Educator license in adolescence to young adult education in the concentration area that applies to your preparation as regulated by the Ohio Department of Education. Licensure and certification requirements vary from state to state, and we have not determined if this program meets educational requirements outside of Ohio.  If you are planning to pursue professional licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please contact the appropriate licensing entity in that state to seek information and guidance regarding that state’s licensure or certification requirements.

Wright State’s programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, fully approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education, and meet the requirements for the Ohio Department of Education 4 Year Resident Educator teaching license.  Moreover, our programs provide relevant and up-to-date training, such as Youth Mental Health First Aid Training and other professional development opportunities in accordance with Ohio’s Strategic Plan for Education focused on the whole child.  

Program Highlights

  • You will gain experience in the field through a year-long placement in a local school. 
  • Based on feedback from employers, Wright State prepares you especially well to collaborate effectively with other teachers, administrators, and staff. 
  • Over the past five years, 97 percent of Wright State program completers passed the state’s licensure examinations. 
  • Teachers prepared at Wright State consistently perform above the state average on the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES). 

Contact Information 

Brian Boyd, Ph.D.
473 Millett Hall


Demand for teachers is high, with many parts of the state and nation currently unable to hire as many teachers as they need. Areas with the highest need include special education (Intervention specialist), math, science, world language, and teaching English as a second language (TESOL). Teaching is unique in that it provides you an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of students, carry out your passion for your content area, and advocate for issues related to education. There are also plenty of opportunities to move up and through the education field including becoming a lead teacher, administrator, school counselor, or furthering your specialties through endorsements and certificates. Educators with a master’s degree make, on average, $5,000 more annually than those with a bachelor’s degree. You may also take opportunities to move your career to advocacy, government agencies, or higher education. 

The College of Health, Education, and Human Services has provided a dedicated career consultant to assist you in connecting your major to a career. The career consultant focuses on staying up to date on career trends in education, kinesiology and health, leadership, and human services. Our assigned career consultant is an extension of services offered through Wright State’s Career Services. 

Visit our Educator Quality Data page for additional details on employment and salary.  

Real-World Experience

Extensive real-life experience and practice in P-12 schools is the heart of Wright State’s teacher preparation programs. As an education major, you will benefit from the highest quality instruction that is interwoven with clinical practice throughout your program. Working in close partnership with nine local school districts and many other schools in the region, our programs provide you with the following advantages:   

  • All of your field experiences will be supervised by clinical faculty (trained former teachers, principals, and curriculum directors) who will provide quality, constructive feedback to improve your readiness to teach. 
  • Your experience will culminate in a year-long student teaching internship where you will start and end the year with the same mentor teacher and classroom. 
  • Our Office of Partnerships and Field Experiences works to place our candidates in a variety of school settings (urban, rural, suburban) to allow for varying experiences. 

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Academics and Curriculum

View the Master of Education and Licensure in Adolescent to Young Adult Education program information, degree requirements, and graduation planning strategy in the Academic Catalog. 

For general graduate program-related questions, admission information, licensure information, and transcript evaluation contact the teacher education department at 937-775-2677.


Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution,
    • with a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.7 OR
    • with a cumulative undergraduate GPA between and including 2.6-2.69, but with a 3.0 or better for the last 60 semester hours earned toward the undergraduate degree
  • C or better in prerequisite content-specific course requirements 
  • A passing score on the Ohio Assessment for Educators exam for the candidate’s specific content area 
  • Dispositional Assessment: Candidate Disposition Inventory (CDI) 
  • Demonstration of reading, math, and writing competency on a nationally normed test
  • One of the following Reading scores:
    • ACT Reading score of 19 or better
    • SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score of 520 or better
    • ETS Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Reading score of 162 or better
    • GRE Verbal Reasoning score of 151 or better
  • One of the following Math scores:
    • ACT Math score of 17 or better
    • SAT Math score of 510 or better
    • ETS Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Math score of 158 or better
    • GRE Quantitative Reasoning score of 153 or better
  • One of the following Writing scores (beginning 2021): 
    • ACT Writing score of 6 or better
    • SAT Essay-Writing Dimension score of 5 or better
    • ETS Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Writing score of 165 or better
    • GRE Analytical Writing score of 4 or better

Be aware that WHEN you took the test is an important factor in determining whether your score meets the minimum criteria for admission, due to revisions that have occurred over time in the ACT, SAT, and Praxis tests. Acceptable Test Scores for Admission to Teacher Education Programs (PDF)

**Due to accreditation requirement changes, admissions requirements are subject to change. You should continue to check for updates, and work with your advisor to be informed of upcoming changes.

Admission Process

Graduates of Wright State's bachelor’s degree programs


Complete the Program Application, due January 15


If your reading, writing, or math ACT/SAT scores do not meet the minimum scores listed above, complete the appropriate ETS Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators test.

Applicants also have the option to appeal one or more admission requirements or an admission decision through our Educator Preparation Appeal Process. 


Submit the application for a field placement (ED 6440) via Pilot. As part of the application, upload a current resume. View detailed application instructions.

Deadline: January 15


Complete a FBI and BCI Background Check and request a copy for your records.


Attend a field experience orientation session provided by OPFE staff. Session information will be sent out via Wright State email and will also be posted on the OPFE website.

All Other Applicants


Contact the Teacher Education Department at 937-775-2677 for program information.

Questions about the graduate school application? Contact:

The College of Graduate Programs and Honors Studies
Location: 160 University Hall
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Phone: 937-775-2976
Fax: 937-775-2453
Email: wsugrad@wright.edu

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