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At Mount St. Joseph University, be the change for yourself and for your future students.

Our focus is on increasing opportunity for aspiring teachers. BE THE CHANGE allows students to complete their bachelor’s degree and teaching license affordably.

The BE THE CHANGE program at Mount St. Joseph University is designed to make earning a bachelor’s degree and teaching license more accessible for those who already have already completed two years (or equivalent) of higher education coursework at a community college. Our focus on increasing accessibility and opportunity for aspiring teachers has resulted in the success of many community college students achieving their dreams of being teachers.

At the Mount, we will do more than prepare you teach. Our mission, our “why”, is to prepare each of our students to change lives, impact communities and transform the world. For 100 years we have been the program of choice for many current and prospective educators. Becoming a teacher at the Mount is an engaging process of high-quality coursework, practical experience, and personalized attention from faculty and staff dedicated to your success.

Real-World Experience

Field work, provided through service learning, practicum placements, and student teaching, immerses students in real-world experiences to apply learned practices. Students learn instructional and assessment strategies that address individual learning barriers. Candidates are placed in a variety of school settings with diverse populations of students. These experiences are key to the development of highly qualified, collaborative, caring, and reflective educators who uphold the tradition of social responsibility, academic excellence, and ethical leadership.

Transferring to the Mount?

Transfer students come to the Mount because they know our small class sizes mean individual attention from passionate and experienced professors. Our transfer students appreciate our academic and career resources, as well as our networks within the greater Cincinnati area.

BE THE CHANGE Transfer Program

  Affordable Bachelor's Degree

Partial tuition scholarships are available. The BE THE CHANGE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM allows students to complete their bachelor's degree and teaching license with low out of pocket tuition & costs depending on students’ qualifications. 

  Flexible Formats to Meet your Needs
The BE THE CHANGE program provides access to many course formats and times. Students will have access to face to face courses during the day or evening as well as online.
  Educating with a Dedication to Quality

Mount St. Joseph University prepares highly qualified, collaborative, caring and reflective educators who uphold the tradition of social responsibility, academic excellence, and ethical leadership.

  • First and only teacher preparation program in Ohio to offer an extensive dual licensure program in early childhood and special education (P-5, IVS M/M, IVS M/I)
  • A+ rating from the National Council on Teacher Quality (one of only 18 universities in the country)
  Meet our Team
Faculty and staff with real-world and extensive experience in preschool – grade 12 settings. Meet our team!
photo of MSJ transfer student, Jordan Carlson smiling.

Transferring "Home"

Jordan Carlson`22, Dual Licensure in Early Childhood and Special Education
“Honestly, if you aren't sure about transferring, come to the Mount and spend a day here. It feels like home. No matter who you run into around campus, they are there to help you, whether it be navigating the campus or even just a quick question.”


BE THE CHANGE Transfer Scholarships


Merit-Based BE THE CHANGE  Transfer Scholarships

GPA: 2.75+    
AMOUNT: $18,500


This scholarship can be combined with the following grants (for those eligible) resulting in low or no out-of-pocket balances.


Pell Grant


Ohio Opportunity Grant





School of Education Licensure Programs

Student Testimonials

Find out how transfer students at the Mount acheived their educational goals through flexibility and ongoing faculty support.

Discover more student voices here on our Transfer Student Spotlights Page.

Contact Us: Let us Help you Get Started with a Program Application

Space in the BE THE CHANGE program is limited and requires a review of your academic materials.  Apply as soon as possible for consideration!

Amy Wolf, Assistant Director for Adult and Transfer Student Recruitment