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Program Overview

Cleveland State University’s Adolescent Young Adult (AYA) or Secondary Education licensure programs prepare candidates for an Ohio teaching license for grades 7-12 in the core specialized content areas of English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. 
The AYA licensure program is appropriate for undergraduates pursuing an initial degree, post baccalaureate students pursuing a teaching license only, and graduate students pursuing a teaching license and masters degree. Undergraduate students graduate from their college with a content degree and a minor in education. The minor in education fulfills the state of Ohio’s requirements for AYA license. Graduate students graduate from the College of Education and Human Services with a Masters of Urban Secondary Teaching (MUST) and are recommended to the state for a teaching license. Post baccalaureate students complete education and content coursework beyond the bachelor’s degree and are recommended to the state for a teaching license. 
Undergraduate and post baccalaureate students interested in obtaining a license in Language Arts Education and Social Studies Education will work directly with the advisors in their content area and the advisors in Education Students Services Center (ESSC). Undergraduate and post baccalaureate students interested in one of the licenses in Science or licensure in Mathematics will progress through the CSUTeach program. Students interested in the Master’s of Urban Secondary Teaching work with the ESSC.
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English/Language Arts

CSU’s English Education program is an Adolescent Young Adult Education (grades 7-12) licensure program that works in coordination with undergraduate and post-baccalaureate degree programs in English in the College of Liberal Arts and graduate students who are specializing in English Language Arts in the Masters of Urban Secondary Teaching (MUST) program. Undergraduate students will earn a degree in English and AYA English Language Arts (ELA) licensure and post-bacs will earn AYA ELA licensure. More information here 


Social Studies

The integrated Social Studies program is designed to fully incorporate all aspects a teacher might encounter in a 7th-12th-grade setting. Social Studies courses paired with CSU’s well-rounded core curriculum, allow students to learn about concepts and disciplines within Economics, Anthropology, Sociology, and Political Sciences. More information here

Foreign Language Education

The Department of Teacher Education’s Foreign Language Education program provides professionals with the specialized knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions needed to meet the educational needs of students attending today's schools. The program prepares prospective educators seeking licensure as teachers of world languages (French or Spanish). More information here