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Graduate Catalog 2015 - 2016 
Graduate Catalog 2015 - 2016 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Foreign Language Education, Chinese (with licensure), M.Ed.

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Foreign Language Education, Chinese (with licensure), M.Ed.

Specialization leading to a Master of Education  degree.

(Initial Licensure)

34 credit hours leading to a degree with an initial PreK-12 licensure in Chinese Language.

Program Description

This program was designed to provide an opportunity for fluent speakers of Chinese to learn pedagogical skills appropriate for PreK-12 classroom instruction and earn Ohio state teaching licensure. The program is intended to make it possible for individuals to seek employment in PreK-12 settings teaching Chinese language and culture to U.S. students. Students who enroll in this program must be fluent in Chinese and may have prior teaching experience, often in settings outside the U.S. During their time in the program they will become familiar with school culture and practice in a contemporary American setting, teach in a real school setting under the supervision of experienced educators, and ultimately be qualified to serve as a bridge between the cultures of China and the U.S. The license must be earned with an associated M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction.

Admission Information

In addition to the requirements of the College of Graduate Studies  as described in this catalog, applicants intending to pursue a teaching license through the Ohio Department of Education must:

  1. Meet all College of Graduate Studies admission requirements noted in this catalog
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in English with a TOEFL test score with at least a 17 for reading, speaking, and listening, and a 14 for writing, or the equivalent on another recognized examination (IELTS, iTEP, or MELAB)
  3. Be fluent in Mandarin Chinese
  4. Have an interest in teaching Chinese language, culture and literature in an American PreK-12 school setting
  5. Participate in a live interview prior to program admission
  6. Receive acceptable scores within the past six years on one of the following content knowledge tests, demonstrating performance in approximately the top 50% of the national distribution:
    1. ACT: math 20, reading 20, English 20
    2. SAT:  math 510, reading 500, writing 490
    3. Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE):  math 150, reading 156, writing 162
    4. GRE:  quantitative 152, verbal 151, writing 3.5
    5. Miller Analogies Test: 50th percentile rank for total group
  7. Have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better
  8. Pay for an initial BCI/FBI check prior to starting their first field experience.  Throughout their licensure program, candidates are required to pay for and complete additional BCI/FBI fingerprinting checks to ensure that a valid report is always on file with the Office of Field Services as required for field placement. Prospective candidates with criminal records indicating convicted offenses considered by the Ohio Department of Education to be “absolute bars” to licensure will be denied acceptance to the college and any registration permissions for subsequent semesters will be revoked.  Prospective candidates with criminal records indicating convicted offenses eligible for rehabilitation will be referred to the Ohio Department of Education Office of Professional Conduct to determine whether they will be able to obtain a teaching license.

Upon formal admission to the College, students must prepare a Program of Study with the assistance of an assigned advisor.

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All teaching licensure students are expected to maintain a portfolio while completing their professional coursework and field experienes.  Students who begin a teaching licensure program in Fall 2012 or later are required to purchase a subscription to Taskstream, which they will use to submit all required portfolio components.  At various checkpoints, students must meet specific criteria to be eligible to continue to the next phase of their program.  For complete information on portfolios, students are advised to speak with an advisor and access the Student Portfolio Handbook available at the following:


(Depending on educational background, some students may also need to complete supplementary coursework in Chinese culture, Chinese literature, and/or linguistics.)

Exit Requirement

In order to finish the program, thereby receiving a Master’s degree and teaching license, the student will need to:

  • Complete all required coursework, including student teaching & internship as well as EDB 595  (listed above)
  • Pass three examinations:
    • Praxis II Principles of Learning & Teaching
    • ACTFL OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) in Chinese at or above the Intermediate High level
    • ACTFL WPT (Writing Proficiency Test) in Chinese at or above the Intermediate High level

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