Miami University Educator Preparation Programs

Selected Accomplishments and Unique Features

  • In 2015-16, Miami’s teacher education programs set aside $448,000 in scholarships for new students (28 scholarships at $4000/year for 4 years each).
  • In recognition of the important contribution that Ohio's PreK-12 educators provide to the citizens of our state, Miami University offers a scholarship that significantly lowers the cost of professional development and/or earning a graduate degree. The Teacher Education Access at Miami (TEAM) scholarship is an example of Miami's commitment to partnering with Ohio's PreK-12 educators. For 2014-15, Miami awarded TEAM scholarships to 397 students for a total of $1,005,473.
  • Miami is one of the nation’s leaders in awarding TEACH grants. Over the past five years, Miami has awarded $9,735,334.00 to 2,654 students. Each recipient receives up to $4,000 toward completion of coursework leading to a career in teaching. In return, the recipients commit to teach full-time for at least four years within the first eight years after graduating in a high need field serving low-income students.
  • 100% of Miami University 2015-16 school psychology graduates were employed and serving students in the state of Ohio.
  • Miami's Educator Preparation Programs have funded scholarships for 20 first year students of color; implemented a high school mentoring program; funded faculty projects related to teaching students from diverse backgrounds; organized tutoring programs and books in local schools for children learning to read; and funded training opportunities for our faculty members in culturally responsive instruction.
  • Home of the award-winning Miami Connections/Campus Mentors program. This nationally-recognized, evidence-based model has trained over 1000 future teachers to work with at risk youth. High school program participant's GPAs exceed that of their peers by nearly 1.0 on a 4.0 scale and show a statistically significant decrease in behavior referrals.
  • Miami's educator preparation programs include two colleges – College of Education, Health and Society and the College of Creative Arts (art education and music education).

Description of Institution and College

Brief Institutional Description

Nationally recognized as one of the most outstanding undergraduate institutions, Miami University is a public university located in Oxford, Ohio. With a student body of 16,000, Miami effectively combines a wide range of strong academic programs with faculty who love to teach and the personal attention ordinarily found only at much small institutions.

Our focus on personal attention is enhanced through the study in selected disciplines by graduate students, who along with undergraduates, participate with faculty in significant research and scholarship activities. Miami also offers vibrant residential and community-based programs involving students in life-enhancing activities that build leadership and develop citizenship, character, and lifelong friendships.

Along with an impressive number of opportunities to gain practical, hands-on experience, Miami is distinguished by a faculty who love to teach and mentor students. In fact, in a new ranking in America's Best Colleges, Miami was recognized by U.S. News & World Report for its strong commitment to undergraduate teaching. We believe that this commitment to teaching is demonstrated in our record of exceptional retention and graduation rates, which remain some of the highest in NCAA Division I schools.

Brief Description of The College of Education, Health and Society

Mission of the College of Education, Health and Society (EHS) - The mission of EHS is to prepare transformative leaders. Through excellence in teaching, scholarship, and community partnerships, the college provides dynamic and innovative programs that encourage international perspectives. Our integrated human experience prepares graduates to generate knowledge, educate, serve, and promote well-being in diverse and global settings through ethical, democratic practices.

Department of Educational Leadership (EDL) - EDL offers Master's degrees in School Leadership, Transformative Education, and Student Affairs in Higher Education, and Ph.D. degrees in Student Affairs in Higher Education, Educational Leadership, and an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. EDL also offers an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, licensure programs in the school principalship and superintendency and collaborates with school districts and Educational Service Centers to provide graduate programs for educators which are based in problems of practice, and in district or regional goals.

EDL also offers an array of undergraduate courses including a thematic sequence (a series of related courses that focuses on a theme or subject in a developmental way) in Critical Youth Studies, and a minor in Community-Based Leadership.  EDL partners with an array of campus offices and programs to offer courses designed to maximize the potential for student co-curricular learning: courses like EDL 100: Career Development and EDL 290: The Nature of Group Leadership help students of any major develop knowledge and experience in particular areas.

Department of Educational Psychology (EDP) – EDP’s programs of study in Educational Psychology, School Psychology, Special Education, and Instructional Design and Technology provide an integrated perspective on psychological and educational issues, exceptionality/disability studies, and technological issues in learning and instructional design. EDP’s undergraduate major in inclusive special education leads to a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education with an initial four-year educator license as an intervention specialist in mild-moderate special needs. The license allows students to teach in kindergarten through 12th grade.

EDP offers six master’s level programs, including a program combining course work from the Bachelor of Science in Family Studies with the terminal Masters of Education in Educational Psychology and the Special Education Online Hybrid (SEOH) graduate program for practicing educators and persons wanting to transition into the field of education. 

EDP offers two minors—special education and educational technology. The Special Education Minor includes courses in behavior management, career and life span education, assessment and overview of exceptionalities. The minor in educational technology is designed for students who are interested in the design and integration of technology/media for teaching and learning in both K12 and non-K12 environments. This minor is also designed for students interested in instructional design for industry, higher education, government and other non-K12 education and training.

Department of Family Science & Social Work (FSW) – FSW offers two undergraduate degrees - a Bachelor of Science in Family Science and a Bachelor of Science in Social Work - that lead to careers in family life education, social work, and human services. Working with diverse populations is stressed in both programs as are opportunities for fieldwork and community service. FSW also offers a graduate program leading to a Master of Arts in Social Work. This is a joint degree program shared by both the Miami University and Wright State University Social Work Programs. 

Department of Kinesiology & Health (KNH) – KNH offers five undergraduate majors. Four majors lead to a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Health. They include public health, kinesiology, nutrition, and sport leadership and management. The athletic training major leads to a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. KNH offers three graduate degrees: Master of Science in Sport Leadership and Management; Master of Science in Kinesiology and Health; and Master of Science in Health Promotion.

Department of Teacher Education (EDT) – EDT offers undergraduate programs in Early Childhood Education, Middle Childhood Education, and Adolescent to Young Adult which lead to teaching licenses in grades PK-3, grades 4-9, and grades 7-12, respectively. Every graduate from Miami’s Adolescent Young Adult (AYA) programs completes at least one course in teaching English Language Learners. EDT foreign language programs in Chinese, French, German, Latin, and Spanish enable graduates to teach at any PK-12 grade level.

EDT graduate programs are geared towards aspiring teachers as well as working classroom teachers. Individuals with bachelor’s degrees can obtain a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree with a teaching license for grades 7-12. Those with teaching licenses can pursue a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Literacy and Language or in our collaborative program in Transformative Education. We also offer graduate endorsements in Reading, Early Childhood Generalist, and Middle Childhood Generalist.

Graduates of our programs are highly sought-after to teach in schools in Ohio and across the country, and have been recognized for their distinguished innovation and leadership in curriculum, instruction, and student engagement. Our alumni’s stellar accomplishments include winning the following awards: Educator of the Year, Schneider Family Book, Teacher Excellence, Distinguished Alumna, Channel 5’s Teacher of the Week, ISTE Making IT Happen, Ohio Outstanding Technology Using Teacher of the Year, OUTstanding Teacher: Rising Star from Five Rivers MetroParks, and STEM Education School-based Collaboration.

Brief Description of The College of Creative Arts

Mission of the College of Creative Arts (CCA) – It is our mission to prepare students for global engagement as practitioners, educators, creators, advocates and patrons of the arts. We foster the development of professional skills and intellectual growth necessary for the pursuit of creative and scholarly inquiry by extending artistic traditions, while embracing a culture of innovation and change.

Teacher Candidate Outcomes

Teacher Candidate Characteristics

  • The average ACT score for candidates entering teacher education is 25.1 (2015-16).
  • Miami has approximately 425 candidates participate in the edTPA annually.
  • The overall GPA of candidates in Miami’s teacher education programs upon graduation is 3.44 for undergraduates and 3.85 for graduate students (2015-16).

Clinical Practice Requirements and Outcomes

  • The number of required field and clinical hours prior to student teaching varies by program and averages 250 hours; student teachers complete at least 600 hours in the classroom.
  • Every student teaching experience is a full 16 weeks.
  • One hundred percent of Miami’s educator preparation candidates completed a teaching portfolio with a culminating assessment that included collecting data, data analysis and data-informed instruction.


Miami University is among the nation's first education preparation providers to receive full accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Partnerships with Schools/Districts/Education/Non-Education Entities

Our approach to partnerships mirrors our mission and is based on scholarship of teaching and learning, empowerment practice, and social justice.  We believe in collaborative arrangements that benefit our students, schools, and communities.

We serve our local community through deep, holistic partnerships as well as statewide partnerships from Columbus City Schools to our Urban Cohort program in the Cleveland Municipal School District and surrounding community.

Selected Locations of Our Partnerships

Butler and Preble Counties

  • Butler County Educational Services Center
  • Hamilton & Middletown City Schools
  • Lakota & Talawanda School Districts
  • Oxford Literacy Team
  • Oxford Seniors
  • Eaton City Schools

Hamilton and Warren Counties

  • Children's Home of Cincinnati
  • Children's Hospital
  • Deer Park & Sycamore Community Schools
  • Douglass Elementary
  • Rothenberg Preparatory Academy
  • Warren County Educational Services Center

Miami University Graduate Outcomes

  1. Our graduates are teaching in content areas on par with the rest of the state, with one notable exception. Proportionately, we train twice as many foreign language teachers as do other Ohio universities.
  2. Most (89%) of our graduates work in public schools (2012-2015).
  3. We have experienced a steady increase in the number of Miami grads teaching in urban settings. As of 2014, we are above the state average in educators teaching in urban areas (2014-15: 18% vs 11% – 2015-16: 22% vs 14%).
  4. Our graduates are teaching throughout the entire state, and around the country, with the majority working in Southwest Ohio.
  5. Miami graduates' rates of passing the Resident Educator Summative Assessment (RESA) are well above the state average, resulting in award of their professional teaching licenses earlier than their peers.

Other Indicators of Educator Preparation Program Quality

Ohio Department of Higher Education – Educator Preparation Performance Report
Ohio recognizes that high-quality teachers and principals are developed through high-quality educator preparation programs. To improve the quality of preparation programs in Ohio, H.B. 1 of the 128th General Assembly directed the Chancellor of the Board of Regents to develop a system for evaluating Ohio's educator preparation programs and holding institutions of higher education accountable for their graduates' success. H.B. 290 of the 128th General Assembly provided for the sharing of data between the Ohio Department of Higher Education and the Ohio Department of Education to link the performance of educators to the institutions that prepared them.

Federal Title II Report on the Quality of Teacher Preparation
Title II of the federal Higher Education Act requires annual reports on the quality of teacher preparation. Schools of education are required to file a report each April on a number of measures, such as the pass rates of their graduates on state certification assessments and other program data.