Teach the Bluffton way
Create communities of learning and respect
Remember the teacher who made you believe in yourself? Who opened your eyes to the possibilities? Who gave advice when you struggled?
Be that person for someone else with a Bluffton education degree.
Reviewed and approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education and included in the CAEP Accreditation Review
Prepare to teach with these majors:
- Early Childhood Pre-K with a focus on teaching reading to children in pre-kindergarten.
- Primary P-5with a focus on teaching reading to children in pre-kindergarten through grade 5.
- Intervention specialist, grades K-12 Teach children with mild/moderate needs with emphasis on inclusive practice.
- Middle childhood education, grades 4-9 Choose at least two areas of concentration - mathematics, social studies, language arts and/or science.
- Adolescent/Young Adult education, grades 7-12
- Integrated English/language arts
- Integrated mathematics
- Integrated social studies
- Multi-age education, grades P-12
- Visual arts
Minors, endorsements and a non-licensure major:
- Education studies minor This minor fulfills initial Alternative Pathway to Licensure course requirements. Students interested in teaching a high school subject other than history, English, mathematics, visual arts, music or as an intervention specialist may obtain a teaching license through the Alternative Pathway to Licensure.
- Special education minor For students interested in working with people with disabilities whether in their major field or as a service.
- TESOL endorsement Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
- Pre-K special needs endorsement Add this endorsement to an intervention specialist or Primary P-5 licensure.
- Child development majorGain knowledge about working with young children outside the traditional classroom setting.
The Primary P-5 license prepares you to teach both typically developing children as well as children with mild-moderate disabilities. A particular focus on teaching reading to children in pre-kindergarten through grade 5.
“Being a teacher comes with a lot of sacrifice. I knew that from my dad being a teacher. I learned that even though you can’t see the impact you make every single day. You are making an impact without even thinking about it.” - Ella Wiley
A license for teaching in the middle grades (4-9) can be achieved by completing a middle childhood education major.
Ages 12-21, Grades 7-12
At Bluffton, you may choose a licensure program in one of three academic areas - language arts, mathematics and social studies - to teach in grades 7-12.
"I am double majoring in Primary P-5 and Intervention Specialist with endorsements in TESOL and Pre-K Special Needs." "I chose my major because I wanted to help people. Ever since I can remember, I have wanted to make a difference in peoples’ lives." - Riley Garmatter
An AYA teaching license requires completing a major in a content area, licensure requirements for that area and professional education courses. Areas in which an adolescent/young adult license may be earned at Bluffton include:
Explore courses for
- AYA licensure in integrated language arts
- AYA licensure in integrated mathematics
- AYA licensure in integrated social studies
Follow a guideline for course selection to complete your degree in four years.
- Integrated language arts even years
- Integrated language arts odd years
- Integrated mathematics beginning with pre-calculus even
- Integrated mathematics beginning with pre-calculus odd
- Integrated mathematics beginning with calculus even
- Integrated mathematics beginning with calculus odd
- Integrated social studies
Mild to moderate needs
Ages 5-21, Grades K-12
(Initial and advanced programs)
A special education minor is offered for students who are interested in working with people with disabilities. Whether in their major field or as a service.
“I wasn’t sure about going to college, but my mom said, ‘I think intervention specialist is your thing. Working with people with disabilities may be your calling,’ and she was right.” – Ella Meyers ’26
The child development major provides opportunities to study young children in a variety of settings. Coursework includes developmental curriculum, preschool classrooms and nutrition and opportunities to gain experience in various infant/toddler/early childhood environments.
Students also gain knowledge about working with young children outside the traditional classroom setting. Visiting places such as day care, Head Start and other child development centers.
The education studies minor fulfills initial course requirements for the Alternative Pathway to Licensure.
Providing students interested in teaching a high school subject other than history, English, mathematics, visual arts, music, or an intervention specialist.
Students who plan to work in settings where there are educational opportunities (e.g. training, tutoring, program development, religious education, etc.) may also benefit from an education studies minor.
With completion of the education minor, and additional requirements. A person may teach for four years while working toward professional teaching licensure.
Markers of excellence
Bluffton graduates are among the best qualified in the nation. Reflected in the Ohio Educator Preparation Performance Report and in the reputation our graduates enjoy once they enter the teaching profession.
Bluffton received a 10-year national accreditation in 2018. This recognition of excellence is awarded for meeting rigorous standards.
Bluffton's graduate program in education provides an affordable and accessible online experience.
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