Associate Professor Kaka, Assistant Professors Nobel, Kang, and Deitz
In addition to completing the requirements for a broad, integrated liberal arts education at Ohio Wesleyan, students in the teacher preparation programs leading to multiage PK-12 and to adolescence and young adult licensure (grades 7-12) in Social Studies, Mathematics, and Language Arts complete a major in their specific content area, education courses, carefully planned and supervised field-based experiences, and student teaching in classrooms with certified, experienced teachers. Education faculty members plan and supervise their field experiences. Student teaching is supervised by both members of the education faculty and faculty in content area disciplines.
The teacher preparation program is based on current theories and research about teaching and learning. The Education Department adheres to standards that address issues related to the value and recognition of student diversity, to the depth of teachers’ knowledge of content and pedagogy, and to the need for teachers to use a wide repertoire of instructional skills and approaches to plan, implement, and assess learning with multiple sources of data, including a variety of formal and informal strategies used to support and evaluate the processes and products of learning. In addition there are varied educational and professional opportunities provided by the program so teacher preparation students can learn through experiences with a wide range of verbal, visual, technological, and creative media, to participate in classrooms that function as communities of learners, and to reflect on their own and other’s processes of learning and teaching practices.
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, Inclusive Elementary Education, Middle Childhood Education, Special Education, Integrated Science, or the secondary content areas will pursue an OWU major in Education. Candidates pursuing Music Education will complete the Multi-age Education minor.