Assistant Professors Kaka, Nobel
Ohio Wesleyan has been educating teachers for more than 100 years. This experience confirms our belief that the most creative and effective teachers are prepared at strong liberal arts colleges such as ours. Our program emphasizes a solid theoretical base and practical experience. From the first course onward, Education candidates learn about the responsibilities and rewards of their profession by working directly with students in area schools, community centers, and/or in Ohio Wesleyan’s Early Childhood Center, a laboratory pre-school program.
Ohio Wesleyan offers programs preparing students for teacher licensure at the elementary school, middle school, and high school levels. Candidates working toward the Elementary Education, Middle Childhood Education, or Integrated Science license pursue an OWU major in Education. Candidates pursuing other Multi-age (except for Special Education) or Adolescent to Young Adult (except for Integrated science) licenses will major in another department at Ohio Wesleyan and minor in education. Ohio Wesleyan’s programs lead to the following State of Ohio teacher licenses:
1. Elementary Education License: preparation for teaching Prekindergarten to grade five.
2. Inclusive Elementary Education License: preparation for teaching as an intervention specialist or in inclusive prekindergarten to grade five classrooms.
3. Middle Childhood License: Grades four to nine — preparation for teaching in a middle school setting. The State requires two of the following four concentrations:
- Reading and Language Arts
- Social Studies
4. Adolescence to Young Adult License (AYA): Grades seven to twelve — preparation for teaching in a high school setting.
- Integrated Language Arts
- Integrated Mathematics
- Integrated Science
- Integrated Social Studies
5. Multi-age License (MA): Prekindergarten to grade twelve
- Foreign Language (Spanish)*
- Visual Arts
* Students interested in teaching French should talk with the Education Department Chair.
6. Intervention Specialist License - grades Kindergarten - grades 12
Beginning with their first Education course, EDUC 110 : Role of the school, or EDUC 105 : Introduction to Early Childhood Education, candidates participate in a field experience working with students in a diverse setting (i.e., Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Columbus Initiative Tutoring Experience at Linden Elementary, Autism Equine Ranch). During EDUC 251 - Psychological Foundations of Education, candidates complete their field experience by tutoring diverse learners in area schools. These two placements give candidates over 50 hours of field experience. Candidates then continue their field experiences during their methods courses. In total, candidates will have completed a minimum of 100 hours observing and assisting teachers, and teaching lessons based on ideas developed in their methods courses before they begin their student teaching experience. All candidates seeking licensure student teach for 15 weeks, resulting in a total of over 450 hours in the classroom. Full-time faculty members in the Education department take part in the supervision of student teachers. In addition, teachers at the Early Childhood Center work with candidates in the PreK-5 licensure program and full-time faculty from the arts and sciences supervise AYA and MA candidates in their subject area. Student teachers meet for weekly seminars and receive a minimum of six formal observations during the semester. Student teaching takes place through agreements with local schools.
Education majors are normally admitted to the Teacher Education program by the end of their sophomore year. Minors are normally admitted by the end of fall semester of their junior year. The program admission requirements include successful completion (C- or higher) of foundational courses in Education, (EDUC 105, EDUC 110, EDUC 115, depending on licensure area), and EDUC 251, ratings of “3” or higher for the field experiences associated with the foundational courses, two positive recommendations from OWU faculty members, a GPA of 2.8 (overall and, for Education minors, in the subject area major), required SAT or ACT scores, satisfactory scores on the department Dispositional Survey, and “adequate” or above ratings on the application essays. Contact the Education department for a complete description of the admission and retention policy.
Graduates who complete the prescribed coursework in Education and content area fields, student teaching, and other requirements of the State of Ohio, and who pass the State-mandated licensure examination(s), are eligible to recommended for the Ohio Four-Year Resident Educator license. The teacher education program is approved by the Ohio Board of Regents, and it has achieved national accreditation through the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) - now called CAEP. The University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. Ohio maintains formal reciprocal agreements with 27 other states, thus the Ohio license is recognized by most other states. Candidates desiring a teaching license from another state should consult with the education department early in their junior year to discuss reciprocity and/or organize their programs to meet the requirements of the relevant states.
Student teaching takes place every spring semester. Students register for 4 units—3 for student teaching and 1 unit for the student teaching seminar. Student teaching is a full-time commitment involving teaching, planning, and other in-school responsibilities, and various assignments originating from the seminar course.
Education Department Policy on Credit/No Entry in all Teacher Education Licensure Programs
Credit/no entry courses may not be taken in the major area of study (elementary education, middle childhood education, special education, integrated science for teachers, history for teachers, English for educators), nor in any courses to be used for the general requirements in English composition, foreign language, professional Education licensure courses, or for the University distribution requirements. Only one course taken in the minor area of study or concentration may be taken credit/no entry and must have the approval of the director of the specific licensure program.
Bachelor of Arts
- Education, Elementary Education Major (leads to Primary License, Grades PK-5)
- Education, Inclusive Elementary Education Major (leads to Primary License, Grades PK-5 and Special Education License, Grades PK-5)
- Education, Middle Childhood License (4-9) Major
- Education, Special Education License (leads to Intervention Specialist License