The university offers state-approved programs in teacher education in four areas; an early childhood development program, early childhood program for grades PreK-3, 4th/5th Generalist Endorsement, 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:
- Establish a friendly rapport and exhibit warmth, caring, respect and 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.
- Classes in Teacher Education may not be taken until this requirement is satisfied.
- Students with 21 or above composite ACT scores 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 (see below) are placed on probation for the next semester (restricted from registering for TE courses).
- Students may be reinstated if their GPA is returned to the required T.E. minimum (see below).
- Two consecutive semesters on probation will result in suspension from the program. If the suspended student raises the GPA to the required TE minimum, said student may be reinstated.
- 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 (Ohio Assessment for Educators) tests for the state of Ohio to be eligible for licensure. For more information, see www.oh.nesinc.com.