An accelerated pathway to classroom teaching

Shawnee State School of Education hosts an approved university program for completion of both phases of the Alternative Licensure Program: the Alternative Resident Educator Institute (AERI) and the Professional Development Institute (PDI)

The Alternative Resident Educator license is an accelerated pathway to classroom teaching. This pathway allows students, schools, and communities to benefit from the candidates' content-related knowledge, life experience, and successful career experience. Ohio students can benefit from the rich knowledge base and successful career and life experiences of content experts in a variety of teaching fields. As Ohio focuses on assuring a high-quality teacher in every classroom, a wide range of professionals must be invited to bring their talents and expertise into our schools. (Ohio Department of Education and Workforce, 2024).

Program Highlights 

  • Online courses are presented asynchronously to fit the schedule of working professionals.
  • If both the AERI and PDI portions of the Alternative Licensure program are completed at Shawnee, only 12 additional hours of coursework are needed to earn a Master’s of Education degree.
  • Specific content or reading courses that would be the best option to fulfill your program requirements depend on your previous coursework and your planned timeline to complete the Alternative Licensure Program. The Director of Graduate Programs will help you plan your course schedule.

Learn more about Ohio’s Alternative Licensure Program

Courses Approved for this Program Include:

  • EDUC 5501 Cognitive and Motivational Theory
  • EDUC 5502 Technology Integration for Learning
  • EDUC 5503 Philosophy of Education
  • EDCI 6601 Principles of Curriculum
  • EDCI 6602 Curriculum Planning (PK – 6)
  • EDCI 6603 Curriculum Planning (6 – 12)
  • EDCI 6604 Advanced Assessment
  • EDCI 6605 Critical Studies in Multicultural Education

For questions about Alternative Teaching Licensure, please contact:

Jodi Dunham
Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Programs
School of Education

(740) 351-3101

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