What will I learn?

What is Primary Education PK-5:

The Primary PK-5 major leads to a Bachelor of Science in Education degree and qualifies you for a license to teach pre-kindergarten through grade 5. Approved by the Ohio Department of Education, this generalist program prepares you to teach students in grades PK through 5th in all content areas.

What are the features of Miami’s program:

Program Narrative

In support of the College of Education, Health and Society and the Department of Teacher Education’s mission, vision, and goals, the Primary PK-5 program is designed to explicitly support a narrative of a justice-oriented classroom in which teacher candidates are prepared to apply their developing intellectual identities toward an imagining of schooling as more than the mere transmission of knowledge, but as a co-construction of critically conscious curriculum in solidarity with children, families and communities.

Top ranking

For nearly a century, Miami University has been offering programs to prepare teachers for the classroom.

Extensive classroom and community experience

Our teacher education program offers you more classroom and community experiences than most Primary PK-5 programs at other universities.

Professional education sequence

Teaching young people requires understandings and skills in areas of: characteristics and needs of learners; relationship-building; trauma-informed classroom climate; conceptions of cultural identity and cultural diversity; social-political structures of schools, families and communities; assessment and evaluation; theories of critical literacies toward applied analysis of problems of practice; educational policy and law; technological literacies for school and community leadership; the disciplines of science, mathematics, the social studies, and language arts; the acquisition and evaluation of resources; and theories and principles of justice, equity, and democratic life relevant to the challenges of PK-5 classrooms, schools, families, and communities.

Teaching licensure

Miami's Department of Teacher Education is fully accredited by the Ohio Department of Education and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

What courses would I take:

In addition to the program-specific courses—which include courses in Teacher Education; Educational Leadership; Kinesiology and Health; Family Science and Social Work; and Educational Psychology--as a Miami University student you will be required to take classes within the Global Miami Plan for Liberal Education. Through the plan's foundation courses, you'll hone skills such as thinking critically, understanding contexts, reflecting and acting, and engaging with other learners. These courses are in the broad discipline areas of English composition, fine arts, humanities, social science, world cultures, natural science, formal reasoning, and in the social foundations of education. The principles and content of the foundation are the basis for the professional education sequence and the content specialization.

What can I do with this major:

In addition to licensure for teaching pre-kindergarten through grade 5, graduates of this program may work in a variety of settings involving young people, such as non-profit social service agencies, children’s hospitals, court services for youth, museums, recreational programs, and child care settings.

Which department am I in?

College of Education, Health and Society

Study options

Full Time (124 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$37,379.12 per year
Instructional Fee: USD $13,790.16; Non-Resident Surcharge: USD $20,674.80; General Fee: USD $2,714.16; Career Development Fee: USD $200

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 December 2021, 1 February 2022

Start date

24 January 2022


College of Education, Health and Society

210 E. Spring St.,



45056, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements accepted: TOEFL with a minimum score of 550; Pearson Test of English(PTE) with a overall score of 53.

For international students

Completion of formal secondary education in a pre-university curriculum

This education must culminate in the award of a diploma or the issuance of a leaving certificate or matriculation certificate generally recognized as the educational qualification necessary for admission to higher studies.

English Language Requirements:

To be considered for direct admission into an undergraduate (bachelor's) degree program at Miami University, international students whose native language is not English should have earned the following minimum scores:


Internet-based: 80

Paper-based: 550

IELTS (and IELTS Indicator) - Overall band: 6.5

Duolingo English Test - Overall score: 110

PTE Academic - Overall Score: 53

Application deadline: Feb/01 for fall; Dec/01 for spring.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Miami University

Students who are driven to achieve the highest quality education will be given every tool to succeed at Miami University.

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