"I need a teacher. Don't send me anybody but a UToledo LAMP graduate!"
— School principal
It's never too late to start a new career. If you have a bachelor's degree and want to teach, the licensure and master's program (LAMP) at The University of Toledo is a perfect choice.
LAMP's accredited one- and two-year teacher licensure and master's degree programs are intentionally structured to prepare adult learners who already have degrees in specific content areas, such as science or English, to be successful Ohio educators.
Students simultaneously earn initial, four-year Ohio teaching licenses and a master of education degree (M.Ed.).
LAMP is a unique blend of theory and practice. It combines master's-level courses and in-classroom experience. UToledo's Judith Herb College of Education is committed to developing teacher-leaders who actively work for advancements in education.
The following areas are available in UToledo's licensure and master's program:
The Ohio teacher licensure may be transferrable to other states. Check with the state's department of education.
Program variety. This unique graduate program was designed by UToledo faculty. Graduate students receive resources and support from one of the best public universities in Ohio. Prepare to teach at any elementary, middle or high school in Ohio, in any of seven licensure areas.
Field placements. Students in the master of education program are in the field early and often. We offer a variety of student teaching experiences, from rural to urban.
Acclaimed statewide. The LAMP program in middle childhood and adolescent-to-young-adult education was awarded the Outstanding Field Experience Program Award by the Ohio Association of Teacher Educators.
Full support. UToledo's LAMP is highly selective. We admit 35-40 graduate students each year. Our licensure and master's degree students receive personal attention from faculty and staff, including a dedicated enrollment specialist.
Outstanding job placement. 90% of LAMP graduate students with Ohio teaching licensure qualifications receive job offers for educator positions before they graduate from UToledo.
Community partnerships. UToledo is a top, accredited research university with strong local and regional partnerships. These collaborations are important for student-teacher placements.
Financial aid. LAMP graduate students are eligible for awards from both the Judith Herb College of Education and The University of Toledo.
UToledo students who earn an initial Ohio teaching licensure and M.Ed. are well-prepared to lead and manage classrooms. 90% of LAMP students receive job offers before graduating.
LAMP graduates are highly sought-after by public school systems across Ohio for their excellent teaching skills.
LAMP's curriculum integrates graduate course work with in-school teaching experiences. For details about your plan of study and specific program requirements, visit our LAMP program pages.
As a LAMP student, you are guaranteed a student-teaching placement in Toledo Public Schools or a neighboring school district. UToledo's college of education takes advantage of community partnerships to find placements that are good fits for each graduate degree student. Internships with mentor teachers in classroom settings — combined with classes on campus — produce better experiences and outcomes.
A wife and mother to five children, Janice Schlacter majored in marketing and enjoyed a successful career while raising her family. But the opportunity to teach has always been her dream.