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Undergraduate Programs

The UD Department of Teacher Education offers seven programs to help prepare future educators. Students gain valuable experience through classroom observation, study abroad, research, and student teaching (internship).


Teaching grades 7-12

Pursue an in-depth study in your area of concentration, choosing from language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.

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Teaching pre-K to 3rd grade

Part-time, online program for early childhood professionals who have earned an associate's degree (or equivalent) in early childhood education or a related field.

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Teaching pre-K to 12th grade

Learn the knowledge and skills necessary to teach French, German or Spanish.

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Teaching grades K-12

Gain an understanding of students with mild to intensive disabilities at various ages and stages of development, and from various cultures, socioeconomic levels, ethnic groups and ranges of abilities. Discover how family diversity (i.e. economic, linguistic, cultural and ethnic lines) impacts students, as well as understand how disabilities affect each student.

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Teaching grades 4-9/grades K-12

Learn the knowledge and skills necessary to educate and support children in their transition from childhood to early adolescence. Specialize in two areas of concentration, choosing from mathematics, reading/language arts, science, and social studies.

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Teaching pre-K to 5th grade

Learn the knowledge and skills necessary to inspire early learners ages 3-10.

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Teaching grades 7-12

Learn the knowledge and skills necessary to help students discover and deepen their faith.

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Interested in Music Education or Art Education?

Music Education (BM) & Art Education (BFA) are offered by the University of Dayton College of Arts and Sciences.


If you're not sure which Teacher Education major to pursue, then the Discover Teacher Education program is for you! You'll explore each of the undergraduate majors offered in the Department of Teacher Education to decide the best fit for you.

During your first year, you'll experience a two-semester sequence that will help you define your professional goals, while assessing your personal strengths and weaknesses as a future teacher. By the end of that first year, you'll discover your ideal area of education — and be on your way to your future as a teacher.

Admission requirements

  • Minimum 20 ACT or 960 SAT.
  • Incoming first-year students with a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher and who are in the top third of their graduating class are preferred.

Note: To remain in a licensure program, students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5.

Licensure info

International students

International applicants are required to submit official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum TOEFL score of 80 on the Internet-based test is required for admission consideration to a teaching license program. Learn more >> 

Note: This requirement is specific to teaching license programs. Other undergraduate programs have different TOEFL requirements


Department of Teacher Education

Fitz Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2966