The university offers state-approved programs in teacher education in four areas; an early childhood development program, early childhood program for grades PreK-3, middle childhood program for grades 4-9 with options for concentrations, and K-12 music education program. The K-12 music education program is described under the Music Department section of the catalog. Upon completion of the program and the satisfaction of all program requirements students will be recommended to the Ohio Department of Education for initial licensure.
Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:
- Demonstrate a strong Christian world view.
- Demonstrate appropriate professional characteristics as well as being life-long learners by setting professional goals and continually reflecting on and evaluating their teaching.
- Demonstrate a broad base knowledge in general core education subjects and extensive knowledge in their curricula area.
- Value a holistic approach in dealing with learners by engaging in a wide range of teaching techniques and assessment practices, promoting learners’ construction of understanding and higher order thinking.
- Develop relevant learning for pupils of varied educational, cultural, economic, and language backgrounds.
- Demonstrate the ability to use technology for their own learning and integrate available technology in their teaching to enhance student learning.
Acceptance into the Teacher Education Program is by meeting the criteria below:
- Completion of the general knowledge test of reading, mathematics skills, and writing skills sections of Praxis I with scores of at least 172 or above on the mathematics and writing skills sections, and 173 or above on the reading skills section. Students must furnish the Teacher Education Department and Registrar with Praxis I scores.
- PRAXIS I may be attempted only twice. Passing scores from the second attempt must be received in the OCU Teacher Ed Office by July 31st in order that placements in the local schools may be procured. For further questions, see a Teacher Education advisor.
- Classes in Teacher Education may not be taken until this requirement is satisfied.
- Students with 25 or above composite ACT scores with no individual scores below 21 are exempted from the Praxis I requirement.
- Have taken TE203 Study in the Foundations of Teaching and received a grade of "C" or above.
- Completed a minimum of 30 semester hours and achieved a minimum 2.5 GPA prior to admission to the program. Students admitted to the program whose GPA falls below the minimum noted in the text below are placed on probation for the next semester (i.e., they will not be allowed to register for TE courses for the coming semester). Such students can be reinstated if their GPA at the end of the probationary semester is returned to the required T.E. minimum. Two consecutive semesters on probation will result in suspension from the program.
- Candidates for the Early Childhood license must maintain a 2.5 overall GPA with no grades below a "C" (2.0 per 1-hour of credit) in teacher education classes.
- Candidates for the Middle Childhood license must maintain a 2.75 GPA in their major and concentrations, a 2.75 overall GPA, and no grade below a "C" (2.0 per 1-hour of credit) in teacher education classes.
Program completers are required to pass the designated OAE tests for the state of Ohio.