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Department of Teacher Education

Adolescence to Young Adult Education (Licensure Program)

Licensure Program for Grades 7-12

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Why Choose the Adolescence to Young Adult Education Licensure Program?

The Adolescence to Young Adult Undergraduate Licensure Program provides students the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree and teaching license at the undergraduate level. Students who have a high interest in language arts, social studies, mathematics, or science (various subjects) are able to carry out their passion by teaching their subject of choice to grades 7-12. 

Students major in their content area and later work through the College of Education and Human Services to complete the Undergraduate Licensure Program. This allows students to develop a deep knowledge in their content and the ability to practice the art of teaching through various field experiences. Links to specific majors at Wright State University as well as the admissions process for our Licensure Program are listed below. 

Once candidates complete the program and pass Ohio-required licensure exams, candidates are eligible for an Ohio Resident Educator license in Adolescence to Young Adult Education in the concentration area that applies to the candidate's preparation.

  • Allows students to complete bachelor's degree and licensure in 4 years
  • Students major in their content area, allowing for a deep understanding in the subject
  • Field experience opportunities as early as freshman year
  • Paired with a cooperating teaching in final year, first semester, 3 days a week with coinciding courses at Wright State. Final semester: full time student teaching
  • Opportunities to understand adolescent development, motivation, and needs

Undergraduate majors at Wright State that connect to licensure:

Contact Information

AYA - Integrated Language Arts AYA - Integrated Social Studies AYA - Integrated Mathematics AYA - Sciences

Angela Beumer Johnson, Ph.D. 
449 Millett Hall

Robert Banks, M.Ed. 
310 Allyn Hall

Brian Boyd, Ph.D.
311 Allyn Hall

Romena Holbert, Ph.D.
351 Allyn Hall

Academics, Curriculum, and Advising Information

For general questions about our licensure program, admission information, and education courses contact an academic advisor in the CEHS Academic Advising Office.

For advising questions related to your undergraduate program of study, please contact the College of Liberal Arts or College of Science and Mathematics advising offices. 

AYA Licensure Program of Study


Admissions Requirements

  • 2.75 cumulative minimum undergraduate GPA
  • A grade of "C" or better in all required, respective content courses
  • A grade of "C" or better in ED 2600, ED 2700, EDS 2900
  • A grade of "P" in ED 2650 and ED 2750
  • Passing scores in each of the following areas:

Be aware that WHEN you took the test is an important factor in determining whether your score meets the minimum criteria for admission, due to revisions that have occurred over time in the ACT, SAT, and Praxis tests. Acceptable Test Scores for Admission to Teacher Education Programs

  • One of the following Reading scores:
    • ACT Reading score of 22 or better
    • SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score of 543 or better
    • ETS Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Reading score of 168 or better
  • One of the following Math scores:
    • ACT Math score of 22 or better
    • SAT Math score of 533 or better
    • ETS Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Math score of 162 or better
  • One of the following Writing scores: (beginning 2021)
    • ACT Writing score of 6 or better
    • SAT Essay-Writing Dimension score of 5 or better
    • ETS Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Writing score of 165 or better

Admissions Process

New Students


Apply to the University. Choose a major that coincides with the teacher licensure you will be applying for, see information above. 


Current Wright State Students


Complete the program application.

Candidates may not enroll in the 4000-level licensure courses prior to admission into the licensure program. No exceptions will be granted.

New cohorts begin in both fall and spring semesters. Applications are due January 15th to begin in the fall and September 15th to begin in the spring.


If your reading, writing, or math ACT/SAT scores do not meet the minimum scores listed above, complete the appropriate ETS Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators test.

Applicants have until June 1st (for fall admission) and November 15th (for spring admission) to submit final test scores to meet admission criteria.

Licensure Exams

Candidates are required to pass their respective content-specific Ohio Assessment for Educators before they are allowed to begin their Internship Part II: Student Teaching experience. Information on the tests can be found on the OAE webpage.

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