The Ohio State University at Lima

Education Academic Programs

OSU Lima offers degree options, endorsements, and a Special Education licensure only program students can pursue. Students can discover their academic passions that prepare them for careers as the next generation of leaders in education.

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Ohio State Lima Education programs

What is Early & Middle Childhood Education?
Through the College of Education and Human Ecology, the Ohio State University at Lima offers nationally ranked programs for students interested in teaching grades pre-kindergarten through 3 (Early Childhood) or grades 4-9 (Middle Childhood). Teacher candidates benefit from small class sizes, personalized attention from faculty, staff and field supervisors, observational and teaching experiences with students in area schools, opportunities for service learning, and the prestige of attending a Big Ten university, all while completing coursework on a beautiful OSU campus close to home. Undergraduate students in Education complete courses in a variety of disciplines to develop knowledge of the teaching and learning process. Qualifying students are placed in area school districts for field participation at every level of the program, culminating with a full year placement leading to the student teaching internship during the final semester of the program.

Admission to both programs is highly competitive. Typically, students apply to the Education major after their second year of coursework. The minimum GPA for admission is a 2.75, but is subject to change. Interested students must meet with the education academic advisor regularly to ensure they are meeting the requirements for admission to the major. To schedule an appointment with the academic advisor, Deborah Barton, call 567-242-7510.

If you plan to apply to the Early Childhood or Middle Childhood Education major on the Lima campus and are currently attending the Columbus campus, please call and schedule an appointment to review the application process and review current coursework.

Faculty and staff for Education:

  • Dr. Dean Cristol - Associate Professor of Education
  • Dr. Hea-Jin Lee - Associate Professor of Mathematics Education
  • Dr. Leah Herner-Patnode - Associate Professor of Special Education
  • Dr. Young Ah Lee - Associate Professor of Education
  • Dr. Katie Barnes - Lecturer, Education
  • Dawn Swihart - Lecturer, Education and Field Placement Coordinator/Supervisor
  • Deborah Barton - Education Program Specialist/Academic Advisor


  • Galvin Hall

For Columbus campus program:

For more information regarding the curriculum for the different majors and endorsements please see the links below:
Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education
Bachelor of Science in Middle Childhood Education
Bachelor of Science in Education, Child and Youth Studies
Early Childhood Generalist Endorsement (4-5)
Middle Childhood Generalist Endorsement (4-6)
K-12 Mild/Moderate Special Education Licensure

Apply to the Major:
Application -Must click on “Admissions” on the application page

Reference Form

Note: Applications for the Lima campus are currently only accepted once per year. The application window will open January 12 and all required materials are due by March. Please make sure to schedule an appointment with your advisor to complete your projection and to ensure you are ready to apply to the major.


The Ohio State University at Lima Admissions Office

Student Services Center
4240 Campus Drive
Lima, OH 45804

Phone: 567-242-7500