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 will:
- Establish a friendly rapport and exhibit warmth, caring, respect and unconditional acceptance of students as individuals.
- Demonstrate professional ability to reflect on and evaluate one's teaching and teaching philosophy.
- Demonstrate broad-based knowledge in core general education subjects with focus in their teaching area.
- Demonstrate a holistic approach to teaching that promotes learners' construction of understanding and higher order thinking.
- Develop relevant learning for students of varied education, cultural, economic and language backgrounds, communicating these tenets with parents.
- 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 CORE with scores of at least 150 on the mathematics section, 162 on the writing skills section, and 156 on the reading skills section. Students must furnish the Teacher Education Department and Registrar with PRAXIS CORE scores.
- If, after the second try, PRAXIS CORE has not been completed, the student will be counseled regarding whether to continue in the Teacher Education program. (If there is delay in passing PRAXIS CORE, this will not result in the student taking multiple methods classes at the same time in order to catch up.)
- 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 CORE 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 and concentration classes.
Program completers are required to pass the designated OAE tests for the state of Ohio to be eligible for licensure.