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 children in area schools, community centers, and in Ohio Wesleyan’s Early Childhood Center, a laboratory pre-school program.
Ohio Wesleyan offers programs preparing students for teacher licensure at the early childhood, elementary school, middle school, and high school levels. Candidates working toward the Early Childhood or Middle Childhood license pursue an OWU major in education. Candidates pursuing one of the other two licenses will major in another department at Ohio Wesleyan and minor in education. Ohio Wesleyan has programs leading to the following State of Ohio teacher licenses:
Education majors must be admitted to the teacher education program by the end of fall semester of their sophomore year. Minors must be admitted by the end of their junior year. The program admission requirements include successful completion of two courses in education, a recommendation from an OWU faculty member, and a GPA of 2.8 (overall and, for education minors, in the subject area major). 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 Praxis II examination(s), are entitled to an Ohio provisional teaching license. The teacher education program is approved by the State of Ohio Department of Education, and it has achieved national accreditation through the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. 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 states concerned.
All candidates seeking licensure student teach for 15 weeks, resulting in a total of over 400 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-3 licensure program, and full-time faculty from the arts and sciences supervise AYA and Multi-Age candidates in their subject area. Student teachers meet for weekly seminars and receive a minimum of eight formal observations during the semester. Beginning with their first education course, candidates spend a minimum of 100 hours in local school classrooms observing and assisting teachers, and teaching lessons based on ideas developed in methods courses. Student teaching takes place through agreements with local schools.
2010 - 2011 Data
During the 2010-11 academic year, 29 students completed their teacher education program. Of these, 12 were in the Early Childhood education program; four in the Middle Childhood program; four in Physical Education; three in Music; two in Social Studies; one each in English, Spanish, Visual Arts and Drama/Theatre. Female students made up 90 percent; male, 10 percent. The overall enrollment at OWU was 1919: 55.3 percent female and 44.7 percent male. International enrollment was 9.2 percent; American Indian/Alaskan Native was .6 percent, Asian/Pacific was 2.1 percent; Black, non-Hispanic was 4.7 percent; Hispanic was 2.2 percent; White, non-Hispanic was 78.2 percent; two or more races was 1.2 percent; and Race/ethnicity unknown was 1.8 percent.
Of the 29 program completers, 29 took the Praxis II examination(s) in their teaching area. In areas where ten or more OWU students took the same examination, the passing rates were as follows: Principles of Teaching and Learning (7-12), 100 percent; Early Childhood Education, 100 percent. The state rates for these tests were 97 percent and 100 percent respectively.
One hundred thirteen students were formally enrolled in the teacher education program in 2010-11. Of those, 18 percent were male, 82 percent female. Three full-time and two part-time Education Department faculty members supervised student teachers, along with members of the arts and science faculty. Students completed a total of fifteen weeks of full-time student teaching, totaling 450 hours of in-class experience.
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