Capital's Education program curriculum creates a broad context for learning; enhances student’s analytical, critical-thinking, problem-solving and communication skills necessary for success; expands student’s knowledge and instills a thirst for lifelong learning; and refines their value systems and ethical standards to guide to decision making — in their profession and in life. As students focus exclusively on their major, they are taught by highly experienced and engaged education professors. Students blend rich classroom theory with relevant and challenging field experiences as early as your sophomore year — either domestic or abroad through Capital’s Intercultural Student Teaching Program. Capital is recognized as a high-quality, accredited institution on both the national and state level.
What can you do with a degree in this academic area?
- Classroom teachers
- Special education teachers
- Special area teachers
- Central office staff
- Higher education faculty members and administrators
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Students gain real world experience through tutoring students in Central Ohio Area Schools, opportunities through Capital’s Reading Center, and Intercultural Student Teaching opportunities. Students have numerous opportunities to make a difference in the community in a variety of ways through tutoring and professional conference presentations, including being placed in school settings during their first year of study. Because of Capital’s location in the thriving capital city of Columbus, there are a number of urban, suburban and rural school districts, as well as national and state agencies, within a short distance of Capital.
The School of Education is accredited through Spring 2026 by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) formally known as the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and has been accredited since 1966. CAEP advances equity and excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning. All School of Education licensure programs are approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education.
- National Science Testing Association (NSTA)
- National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
- National Council for the Social Studies
- Developing as a Professional Educator
- Foundations of the Education Profession
- Introduction to Exceptionalities and Interventions
- Educational Psychology
- Instructional Technology
- Language Arts Pedagogy for Middle Childhood/ Pedagogy for Adolescents to Young Adults
“I chose Capital University for many reasons. The first was the amazing relationship I was able to build with the faculty. I was invited to sit in on a class which helped me to see what Capital's education program was all about. As someone who is a first generation college student, attending school always seemed out of reach. Capital University worked with me to make going to university a reality!”
-Kieran Van Vorhis, Early Childhood Education & Intervention Education, Class of 2024
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Primary Childhood Education focuses on courses specific to Pre-K through Grade 5. Students in the teacher education program who complete required courses and pass the Ohio Assessment for Educators exam, receive a four-year resident educator license. Primary Child Candidates must complete a minimum of 124-hour coursework which includes a semester of student teaching. This authentic degree prepares candidates for the needs of schools and students today and provides students with the most current research-based practices. Students have the opportunity to participate in phonics tutoring with young readers utilizing science of reading strategies and mathematics literacy tutoring one on one in schools.
Students in the teacher education program who complete required courses and pass the Ohio Assessment for Educators exam receive a four-year resident educator license. Adolescent to Young Adult candidates must complete a minimum of 124-hour coursework which includes a semester of student teaching. In this concentration, students can teach in grades 7-12 in the following subjects:
- Integrated Language Arts
- Integrated Math
- Integrated Social Studies
- Integrated Science
- Life Science
- Integrated Mathematics Education (7-12)
- Integrated Science (7-12)
- Integrated Language Arts Education (7-12)
- Integrated Social Studies Education (7-12)
In the Intervention Specialist program, students will be prepared to work with students who have mild to moderate learning issues. Students in the teacher education program who complete all courses and pass the Ohio Assessment for Educators exam will receive a four-year resident educator license. Intervention Specialist Candidates must complete a Minimum of 124-hour coursework which includes a semester of student teaching. Capital students have early clinical experiences addressing student needs using Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) interventions in a school setting and work one on one with students implementing a variety of assessments to address areas of strengths and needs of students with disabilities.
Middle Childhood Education focuses on courses specific to Grades 4-9. Students in the teacher education program who complete required courses and pass the Ohio Assessment for Educators exam will receive a four-year resident educator license. Middle Childhood Education Candidates must complete a Minimum of 124-hour coursework which includes a semester of student teaching. Middle childhood majors complete a clinical experience at Bexley Middle School in conjunction with a course allowing them to work directly with middle school students. Capital students select two areas of concentration among the following areas: Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, and/or English Language Arts. With a middle childhood license, students can teach in an elementary school (grades 4-5) a middle school (grades 6-8) and a high school (grade 9).
Students in the teacher education program who complete required courses and pass the Ohio Assessment for Educators exam will receive a four-year resident educator license. In the Multi-Aged concentration, you can receive a license to teach Pre-kindergarten to 12th grade students in the following areas: instrumental music, vocal music or visual arts. Music teachers have completed a rigorous instrumental and/or vocal curriculum that includes theory and application. Visual arts majors complete a variety of art modalities via a rigorous curriculum. Capital graduates have gone on to become band and vocal directors.
Students who pursue a Science Education degree wish to help their future students learn to be globally responsible citizens and the best ways to address challenging science issues. A degree in one of the Science Education degrees gives students the flexibility and creativity to teach a variety of science subjects in grades seven through 12. These options are Chemistry (single), Life Science (single), Life Science/Chemistry (dual), or Integrated Science.
Science education teachers work in both public and private schools, teaching science subjects like biology, anatomy and physiology, environmental science, botany, ecology and other life science topics. Life science graduates also pursue advanced degrees in education to become principals, superintendents or STEM education professors.
“I had many wonderful teaching experiences in a variety of settings that helped prepare me for many of the situations I have dealt with in my professional career. I absolutely love what I do and I am grateful to Capital and my amazing professors for providing their expertise and some incredible teaching opportunities that helped mold me into the teacher I am today.”
-Claire Spangler, Early Childhood Education and Intervention Specialist, Class of 2011