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Application Instructions

Now accepting applications for fall 2018. New candidates begin the superintendent's licensure program in August. You can apply for admission at any time, however, it is recommended that you apply at least six weeks prior to fall semester.

Baldwin Wallace University welcomes each student’s application for admission and will carefully review the academic preparation and achievements of each applicant. During this process, candidates must provide evidence of their preparation and fit for future success at Baldwin Wallace University consistent with academic standards and code of conduct statements for the University, program, or profession. Candidates for admission are selected based on their academic preparation for a post-master's program; relevant work, community and teaching experience with children and young adults; recommendations from professionals in the field; and personal dispositions/ attributes that support success in an education career. All aspects of an application are considered, and used as the primary means for informing an admission decision. An admission counselor will work with you throughout the application process.

All application materials should be submitted to:

Admission Office
Baldwin Wallace University
275 Eastland Road
Berea OH 44017
Fax 440-826-2054

Required Application Materials


Apply online (no application fee). Please contact the BW admission office if you prefer to fill out and submit a paper application.

College/University Transcripts

Print transcript request forms. Official copies of all undergraduate and graduate college/university transcripts must be mailed directly from each college/university you attended to the BW admission office, including courses that may be recorded on another school's transcript. All coursework attempted is part of your academic record and considered in the application process, even if that coursework is no longer consistent with your academic goals.


All candidates must provide one recommendation from their superintendent or his/her designee holding a superintendent's license. Provide the online recommendation form to your superintendent. Once received by the admission office, this recommendation is confidential and will not be shared with the candidate. The superintendent would need to share those comments with you. Your application may not be fully considered until the recommendation is submitted, so encourage your superintendent to complete this form promptly.

Criminal Record

When applying for admission to BW School of Education teacher licensure programs, candidates are asked whether they have ever been found guilty of a misdemeanor or felony that was not expunged or sealed. Candidates with a criminal record that has not been expunged or sealed are not eligible for admission to the teacher licensure programs at Baldwin Wallace University.  

BW School of Education verifies that candidates have a clear Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCII) report and a clear Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) report. Forms and details will be provided to all candidates who qualify for admission to the program. Once enrolled, candidates must have the same clear reports prior to any school observation, field experience or clinical practice assignment. Although candidates with an expunged record may be eligible for enrollment and to participate in school placements in BW’s Education programs, an expunged or sealed record may impact a student’s eligibility to qualify for an Ohio teaching license following completion of the program. Eligibility for a teaching license varies by state and may be assessed on a case-by-case basis by the professional teacher licensing board in that state.