Initial Licensure - Apply
New students enroll in the initial licensure program throughout the year in the fall, spring and summer terms. It is recommended that students apply for admission at least six weeks prior to the term they wish to enroll.
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, students 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. Students are selected based on their academic preparation; interview with members of the admission committee; 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.
All application materials should be submitted to:
Baldwin Wallace University
275 Eastland Road
Berea OH 44017
Required Application Materials
- Apply online (no application fee)
- You may also print a copy of the application to complete by hand, if preferred.
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.
Using the online recommendation form, please provide two recommendations from principals, supervisors, teachers or other persons qualified to evaluate your background and potential to pursue a career in teaching. A printable version of the recommendation is also available, if preferred.
All candidates for the initial licensure program meet with a member of the admission committee to discuss the program and their goals to pursue a career in education. The admission office will contact you to schedule your interview once our application and supporting credentials have been received.
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 students 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 students who qualify for admission to the program. Once enrolled, students must have the same clear reports prior to any school observation, field experience or clinical practice assignment. Although students 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.