College of Education and Human Services

Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation Programs

Adolescent and Young Adult or Multi-Age Licensure

The College of Education and Human Services offers a post-baccalaureate program for college graduates seeking secondary licensure to teach integrated language arts, integrated mathematics, integrated social studies, and a variety of science fields (see earlier section on secondary education for the full list) in grades 7 through 12. Similarly, a post-baccalaureate program exists for college graduates interested in obtaining multi-age licensure to teach physical education, French, Spanish, music, or the visual arts to students ages 3 to 21. As discussed below, these undergraduate-level programs consist of four components: general education requirements, prerequisites to the professional education sequence, professional education requirements, and discipline-specific requirements in the selected teaching field. In addition to needed course work, recommendation for teacher licensure requires the successful completion of any applicable PRAXIS II examinations prescribed by the State Board of Education.

Portfolio: All teaching license students are expected to maintain a portfolio while completing their professional coursework and field experiences. The portfolio will evolve from a working portfolio to a professional portfolio and finally to an employment portfolio. In it, students are responsible for housing various required and optional artifacts that demonstrate their level of competency in each of the outcomes of their program.

At various portfolio checkpoints, students must meet specific portfolio criteria in order to be eligible to continue to the next phase of their program. For complete information on portfolios, students are strongly encouraged to access the Student Portfolio Handbook available at:

As of Fall semester, 2007, all students entering teacher license programs are required to maintain their portfolios in the Cleveland State University ePortfolio System or TaskStream for CSUTeach students.


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A. General Education Requirements

Course work of at least 30 semester or 45 quarter hours, including offerings in composition, mathematics and logic, arts and humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

B. Prerequisites

Equivalent courses taken at other universities may substitute for the following prerequisites pending prior approval of the College of Education and Human Services' Advising Office, EB 107A.

C. Professional Education Requirements

Course work in education and related professional experiences are included in this area for a total of 19 to 43 hours depending on the teaching field. See the earlier sections on secondary education and multi-age licensure for specific professional education requirements by field or secure a checklist from the Education Student Services Center, Julka Hall 170A.

D. Discipline-Specific or Content Area Requirements

While previous completion of an academic major in the preferred teaching field is often sufficient to meet licensure requirements, this is not always the case. Consequently, students are strongly encouraged to consult with an adviser in the Education Student Services Center, JH 170A, to ensure that all such requirements are met. The College of Education and Human Services may recommend the granting of a multi-age or adolescent/young adult teaching license in a field other than the student's major to a person who has met the college and state requirements for such a credential.

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