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Education – Technical Education and Training

Degree: BS

Campus: Columbus

College: Education and Human Ecology

Technical education and training consists of three specializations. Business education teacher education leads to Ohio teacher licensure in integrated business for grades 7–12. Career and technical education is designed for individuals who are teaching or wish to teach technical subjects in high schools, career centers, correctional facilities, community and technical colleges, and other related educational institutions. Family and consumer sciences education is designed for individuals interested in teaching the subject area for grades 7–12.

Students who come to Ohio State to study technical education and training directly enroll as pre-majors with the potential to apply for the major once a significant amount of the General Education and pre-major courses have been completed. Stu­dents must earn a minimum GPA of 2.75. The selection process is competitive and the completion of the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Students should consult their academic advisor as they near completion of the pre-education requirements to discuss the application process for the major.

This program is designed to prepare students to sit for applicable licensure or certification in Ohio. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please review state educational requirements for licensure and certification and state licensing board contact information at

Students pursuing the business education teacher education and the family and consumer sciences specializations complete course work and field experience (student teaching) to fulfill Ohio teacher licensure requirements in their respective areas. Students pursuing career and technical education complete core course work in addition to courses in a content area selected in consultation with a faculty advisor.

Graduates of the business education specialization in technical education and training will be eligible for Ohio teacher licensure in integrated business for grades 7–12. Graduates of the family and consumer sciences specialization in technical education and training will be eligible for Ohio teacher licensure in family and consumer sciences for grades 7–12.

The Global Option in Education and Human Ecology is an option for students in good academic standing on any Ohio State campus. In this program, students develop their ability to communicate with and work alongside individuals from other cultures through education abroad programs and globally themed course work. 

Field experiences are introduced early and culminate in an extended student teaching experience senior year. Teacher education is conceptualized as an apprenticeship with equal parts content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge and skill.

Because they provide placement sites for all Columbus campus students, the schools in Franklin county, particularly Columbus City Schools, are critical partners in teacher education. Students will have field experiences each year of the program, with a one semester student teaching experience at the end of their program.


The College of Education and Human Ecology Honors Program offers students rigorous course work and opportunities to work closely with faculty to design and complete a research project. Students in this program also have access to smaller classes, priority scheduling and unique housing opportunities. A significant outcome of the Honors Program is the high level of understanding gained in designing and conducting research studies and/or using and analyzing research findings and developing an understanding of the role of research in the expansion of knowledge in fields within human ecology.

The Workforce Development and Education Student Forum provides opportunities for students to learn about career opportunities and workforce development initiatives in central Ohio, and gives undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to socialize with each other and with their faculty. 

There is presently a shortage of qualified teachers in both integrated business education and family and consumer sciences education, and graduates of the business education track will find a robust job market awaiting them.

Students who complete the career and technical education specialization are eligible for positions teaching technical subjects in high schools, career centers, correctional facilities, community/technical colleges and other related educational institutions. They may also find opportunities to work in a variety of corporate settings as corporate trainers or managers in business and industry. These positions involve planning, organizing and directing a variety of training activities such as on-the-job training and in-service programs to develop new skills.

On average, new teachers with no previous teaching experience can expect starting salaries of $36,000–$42,000 per year.