Want to become a teacher?

If you are seeking your initial teacher licensure, either a bachelor's degree or a master's degree with licensure, you should review the process below.

Please speak with a pre-admission advisor to ensure you complete any necessary pre-admission coursework.

Responses to the questions on the application will help College of Education advisors offer the most effective and efficient advisement.  It will also help advisors know students as individuals with unique backgrounds and experiences. 

Undergraduate students should apply during the semester in which all College of Education Pre-admission requirements will be met.

Graduate students:  Application to Graduate School and College of Education should be made simultaneously.

Those students enrolled in another college wishing to complete degree requirements in the College of Education should see their advisor to initiate an intercollege transfer to the College of Education.  Those students may not access College of Education core courses prior to admission.  Students planning to complete teacher education as part of their degree requirements in another college need not complete an ICT.

A grade point average of 3.0 or better overall and 2.5 or better overall in prerequisite credit hours from specific courses identified by College Departments.

Evidence of competency in reading comprehension and writing as shown by one of the following:

  • A composite ACT score of 21 or higher, or
  • A composite SAT score of 980 (Math and Verbal) or higher, or
  • A grade of "B" or higher in a course that meets the University's General Education English Composition I requirement.
  • Master’s with Licensure and Post-baccalaureate students are exempt from this requirement by virtue of their Bachelor’s Degree.

Evidence of competency in mathematics as shown by one of the following:

  • A composite ACT score of 22 or higher, or
  • A composite SAT score of 1050 (Math and Verbal) or higher, or
  • A grade of "B" or better in minimum of 3 credits of mathematics that meets the University's General Education mathematics requirement.
  • The Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) or computerized version (CBT), scoring at least 172 in mathematics (testing information is available in Zook 002).
  • Master’s with Licensure and Post-baccalaureate students are exempt from this requirement by virtue of their Bachelor’s Degree.

Students are responsible for obtaining a current Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCII) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background check, and having the results sent to their preferred personal mailing address.  Please refer to the link below for additional information.

How to add a licensure or endorsement

If you already hold a teaching license/certificate:

Applying for a graduate degree in Education

To apply for a graduate degree, you must apply to the Graduate School at The University of Akron, as well as the College of Education. These should be submitted simultaneously.

Graduate degree programs

Educational Foundations and Leadership:

Curriculum and Instructional Studies:

For questions regarding graduate degrees in education, contact Kelly Chaffe for pre-admission advising.