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Foreign Language Licensure-Only (Non-Degree) Program

Program Overview

The Foreign Language Licensure program is designed for those who are interested in becoming World Language K-12 teachers in the state of Ohio. It is an Initial Licensure program that is comprised of a set of courses that allows completers to apply for a State of Ohio K-12 World Language teaching license. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible to apply for an Ohio teaching license.

Course Requirements

Admission Requirements

Applicants must apply and be admitted to the Graduate School at Miami University as a continuing non-degree candidate (see note below) or as a current graduate student and complete the following licensure program admission requirements:

  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited post-secondary institution in the United States or an equivalent Bachelor’s university degree.
  • Demonstrate language proficiency in both speaking and writing in the language targeted for licensure by successfully completing both the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI or OPIc computer) and the Writing Proficiency Test (WPT), which are required for licensure by the state of Ohio. The program requires an "Advanced-Low" or higher level of proficiency in both tests for admission into the program. Students seeking admission to the program should take the OPI/OPIc and the WPT three to five weeks prior to applying for the program in a timely manner.
  • Applicants who studied in a country or institution where English is not the official language must submit proof of English proficiency. We accept the following tests for admission: TOEFL iBT, IELTS, and PTE.
  • International students seeking admission to the program must possess the appropriate visa status. Make an appointment with an International Student Advisor in the Office of International Student and Scholar Services to discuss adding this program.

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NOTE: If you are admitted as a non-degree candidate and later desire admission to a degree program, you must apply for admission and meet Graduate School and departmental standards for that program. No more than twelve of the most recent graduate hours earned with non-degree status can be applied toward a graduate degree and then only with the approval of the department. All twelve hours are subject to normal time limitations for credit toward a degree.

  • Teacher Education Licensure Cohort application and Plan of study: Pick up and complete a Teacher Education Foreign Language Licensure Only cohort application and plan of study available in 401 McGuffey Hall (513-529-3602).
  • Meeting with Program Advisor:  Upon completion of the admission requirements and forms, set up an advising meeting with your advisor, Dr. Martha E. Castañeda (, 513-529-7280, in 400F McGuffey Hall.
  • Turn in Completed Applications: Turn in your completed (signed by your advisor) program of studies and cohort application to 401 McGuffey Hall (513-529-3602).

Additional Opportunities

Team Scholarship

The Teacher Education Access at Miami (TEAM) Scholarship provides a discount on graduate tuition and fees for Ohio PreK-12 Educators.

Graduate Assistantships

The Department of Teaching, Curriculum, and Educational Inquiry has been authorized to nominate a limited number of persons for graduate assistantships, subject to the approval of the Graduate School.  These assistantships are awarded to students by the Graduate School upon the nomination of the Department. Please email for more information or visit the Graduate Assistantships information page linked below.


Contact Us

Department of Teaching, Curriculum, and Educational Inquiry
401 McGuffey Hall
Oxford, OH 45056