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Graduate Catalog 2018 - 2019 
Graduate Catalog 2018 - 2019 [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)

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

Program Description

This program is 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 Chinese and American cultures. 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 78 (at least 17 in each section) for the internet-based exam and 550 for the paper-based exam
  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. Have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better. Candidates admitted as a non-degree graduate student must earn a GPA or 3.0 or above after completing 12 graduate credit hours, including EDB 601  with a grade of B- or better, and satisfying all other licensure program admissions to be admitted into a licensure program. A score at the 50% percentile on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) on each section will also fulfill the GPA requirement.
  7. 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:
    • Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) exam with a score no less than 220
    • 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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