UC Blue Ash College

Pre-Secondary Education : Language Arts


Why study Pre-Secondary Education : Language Arts?

The secondary education program prepares candidates to teach English/Language Arts to adolescents and young adults in grades 7 to 12. This one-year, non-degree, transition program allows students to start their education at UCBA before transitioning to the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services to finish their Bachelor's degrees. The Bachelor of Science degree blends course work, field experience, and internships to develop teachers who can meet the challenges and changing needs of schools and communities.

Admission Requirements

You may enroll in UC's Blue Ash College if you graduated from an accredited high school or preparatory school, or have a GED certificate (minimum composite score of 45). The college's rolling admissions policy allows you to start any semester: fall, spring, or summer.

High school students who are considering this program should take either the SAT or ACT college entrance examination for use in guidance and counseling. All students entring a degree program must also take the college's placement tests prior to registering for classes.

The Blue Ash College admissions office provides an application for admission and all the information you'll need to enroll in the college. Please go to https://www.ucblueash.edu/admissions/steps.html for more information on applying.

This program is an open admissions program, but in order to proceed to the Bachelor's degree from the UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, the student must meet the following criteria and apply to the cohort in the second year. Talk to an advisor about the timing and requirements for applying to cohort. Note that admission to a cohort is not guaranteed; when the number of applicants exceeds the number of available openings, the better qualified candidates will be admitted.

To graduate from the UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, a student must:

  • Complete all required course work and program requirements.
  • Obtain at least a 2.8 university GPA and a 2.8 GPA in content area (3.0 GPA is preferred).
  • Be in good academic standing (that is, not on academic or disciplinary probation or suspension).
  • Meet the college's residency requirement of 30 semester credit hours.
  • File formal application for the degree by the posted deadline.

Candidates who succeed as teachers of adolescents and young adults:

  • know how individuals learn and develop;
  • can articulate the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and the structures of their discipline;
  • effectively collaborate with others;
  • demonstrate leadership;
  • address issues of diversity with equity;
  • use technology to support their practice;
  • use assessment to inform their efforts;
  • demonstrate pedagogical knowledge;
  • are responsible, caring, fair, and honest; and
  • are committed to social justice.

Graduates of the Secondary Education Integrated Language Arts Program who obtain licensure assume teaching positions in English/Language Arts. These graduates usually elect to teach in Ohio, but graduates teach across the nation. Other graduates can be other types of instructors and tutors.

Advanced degrees are generally required for director, principal, superintendent, librarian, and guidance counselor positions.

Current and admitted students can locate advisor contact information for Pre-Secondary Education via the UCBA advising website: https://www.ucblueash.edu/academics/advising/advisor-list.html.

The University of Cincinnati's Blue Ash College is conveniently located in suburban Blue Ash and is accessible from I-75, I-71, I-275, and the Ronald Reagan Highway. We are relatively small, and our faculty-to-student ratio is low. You will find small class sizes and personal interaction with your instructors create the ideal learning environment. Parking is convenient, and our tuition is one of the lowest of the UC colleges.

We also maintain close ties with area schools. In fact, Blue Ash College is the only college campus to hose an elementary school on campus! Ties to our local community are also strengthened by the experiential learning component we recently added to all education courses. You will provide valued assistance in area schools, as you connect learned academic theory to real-world experiences.

In the education programs available at Blue Ash College, students have the opportunity to observe in the schools at an early point in their academic career. Early exposure can be an advantage in determining the age group that a student desires to teach before progressing through a majority of a chosen program.

Transfer applications are individually reviewed, and acceptance is based on receipt of application materials, as well as official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. An official evaluation of transfer credit from other colleges will be processed after the student's file is complete.

More information on applying as a transfer student can be found at https://www.ucblueash.edu/admissions/steps.html.

Students changing majors from other programs or colleges within UC will be considered based on the same criteria as outside transfers.
Students who did not graduate from a high school in the United States of America must take an ability-to-benefit test and achieve the minimum specified score to be eligible for admission to a degree or certificate program at Blue Ash College. The scores will be used for placement in English courses and general advising for all courses.

Application Deadlines

The college's rolling admissions policy allows you to start any semester: fall, spring, or summer. However, financial aid takes six to eight weeks to process. We recommend that you apply at least 10 weeks prior to your desired attendance.
The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

Behavioral Science Department
Blue Ash College, Univ of Cincinnati
Blue Ash, OH 45236
(513) 745-5655

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Program Code: 28ASC-PSEC-AX-PSEC-LA