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AYA Program Outcomes

The Notre Dame College Adolescent to Young Adult (AYA) field-based licensure programs prepare undergraduates and post-baccalaureate candidates for teaching grades 7-12. Candidates acquire the knowledge, skills, and dispositions required to successfully meet the educational needs of 7-12 students. The State of Ohio outlines expectations for AYA candidates. Candidates complete content courses and education courses that prepare them to meet the thematic, disciplinary, and pedagogical standards of their particular major. In order to be licensed to teach in Ohio, candidates are required to pass the Ohio Assessments for Educators. The Ohio Assessments for Educators assesses the content-area and professional (pedagogical) knowledge of candidates who are seeking initial Ohio educator licensure or adding a new licensure area. The assessments are aligned with Ohio Academic Content Standards and Common Core State Standards. See the Ohio Department of Education website for a complete list of tests, qualifying scores and registration information.

Throughout their preparation, the candidates relate their practice to the Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession. The standards cluster in three categories: teaching and learning, conditions for teaching and learning, and professional work. Candidates are prepared to create effective learning experiences for a diverse student population. Ohio requires all AYA teacher candidates to complete three (3) semester hours of content area reading. This course helps the candidates understand the value of specific reading strategies to use in response to the literacy skills students bring to the AYA classroom, including the recognition of and intervention in students with dyslexia. In the reading, curriculum, methods, and management classes, the candidates develop and implement a repertoire of methods and techniques to use in the AYA classroom to teach diverse learners in a myriad of educational contexts.

Adolescent to Young Adult (AYA) Field-based Licensure Programs


Integrated Language Arts
Integrated Mathematics
Integrated Social Studies
Life Science
Life Science and Chemistry
Baccalaureate Teaching License Certificate




Arts & Humanities
Science & Mathematics
Arts & Humanities
Science & Mathematics
Science & Mathematics

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Credentials You Can Count On

Notre Dame College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission as a degree-granting institution. Our academic programs are accredited by some of the most respected organizations of higher education in the country.

The education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) or the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Founding institution of the American Council on Education.
Accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.
The Notre Dame College Elementary/Intermediate Classroom Teacher Program has earned the ILA National Recognition for the Preparation of Literacy Professionals.

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