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OCU Professor Valerie Jones

Dr. Valerie Jones
Teacher Education Department Chair
Professor of Teacher Education

Welcome, and thank you so much for considering a degree in Teacher Education from Ohio Christian University.

The goal of Ohio Christian University's Teacher Education Program is to graduate competent, caring and qualified teachers. It is designed to prepare teachers with a constructivist philosophy of education and a Christian world view, integrating general, professional and Biblical knowledge. OCU's Teacher Education program is accredited by Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).

Program Objectives

  • Demonstrate a strong Christian world view.
  • Demonstrate appropriate professional characteristics as well as being life-long learners by setting professional goals and continually reflecting on and evaluating their teaching.
  • Demonstrate a broad base knowledge in general core education subjects and extensive knowledge in their curricular area.
  • Value a holistic approach in dealing with learners by engaging in a wide range of teaching techniques and assessment practices, promoting learners' construction of understanding and higher order thinking.
  • Develop relevant learning for pupils of varied educational, cultural, economic, and language backgrounds.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use technology for their own learning and integrate available technology in their teaching to enhance student learning. 

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. 

Student outcome reports are available via: Title II Teacher Preparation Report which summarizes the programmatic data for the Teacher Education program of OCU.

For specific information about this program, contact Valerie Jones, chair of the Teacher Education Department. If you are interested in studying this program, request information from our admissions office.

 

Degree Programs

Circleville Ohio Campus  •  4 Year Program  •  Bachelor of Science  •  Undergraduate

The Adolescence to Young Adult Education Degree provides a strong academic, using constructivist learning to prepare quality educators, committed to professional excellence, who positively impact seventh-twelfth grade student learning.

 
Circleville Ohio Campus  •  4 Year Program  •  Bachelor of Science  •  Undergraduate

The goal of the Early Childhood Education Degree is to provide a strong academic, using constructivist learning to become quality educators who are committed to professional excellence and who positively impact PK-5 student learning. Elementary Education prepares teachers for pre-school through fifth grade.

 
Circleville Ohio Campus  •  4 Year Program  •  Bachelor of Science  •  Undergraduate

The goal of the Middle Childhood Education Degree is to provide a strong academic, using constructivist learning to become quality educators who are committed to professional excellence and who positively impact fourth - ninth grade student learning. Middle Childhood Education prepares teachers for fourth through ninth grade.

 
Circleville Ohio Campus  •  4 Year Program  •  Bachelor of Science  •  Undergraduate

The goal of the Mild to Moderate Intervention Specialist Education Degree is to provide a strong academic, using constructivist learning to become quality educators who are committed to professional excellence and who positively impact K-12 student learning. Mild to Moderate Intervention Specialist Education prepares teachers for Kindergarten through twelfth grade.

 
Circleville Ohio Campus  •  2 Year Program  •  Associate of Science  •  Undergraduate

The Associate of Science Degree in Early Childhood Development requires a minimum of 62 semester hours distributed through the curriculum. The goal of Ohio Christian University’s Early Childhood Development program, leading to an Associate of Science degree, is to graduate competent, caring, and qualified teachers for public and private childcare settings. The program integrates a Christian worldview and constructivist philosophy of education. For those who desire to work with young children to an extent beyond babysitting, and yet do not desire a four-year teacher education degree, this program is an excellent alternative. Preschool teachers play an important role in developing children’s interest in learning. Through various techniques and activities, such as games, group play, artwork and music, preschool teachers instruct reading, writing and basic math concepts. Preschool teachers also encourage creativity and social interaction. These are the dispositions that OCU candidates for AS and Early Childhood Development Certificate.

Pre-service teachers must demonstrate:
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    Ability to meet deadlines and obligations
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    Ability to relate with children and parents
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    Collaboration
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    Communicative skills both oral and written
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    Creativity
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    Patience
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    Positive temperament
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    Preparation
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    Punctuality
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    Respect for all students
Cognitive knowledge that the pre-service teacher should know when they graduate from the program:
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    Knowledge of young children’s characteristics and needs, from birth through age 5.
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    Knowledge of multiple influences on early development and learning
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    Knowledge to create healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments for young children
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    Know and understand effective strategies and tools for early education, including appropriate uses of technology
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    Reflect on their practice to promote positive outcomes for each child
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    Understand positive relationships and supportive interactions as the foundation of their work with young children
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    Use a broad repertoire of developmentally appropriate teaching /learning approaches

In the event that a four-year degree is eventually sought, OCU’s Early Childhood Development program can be applied to an OCU teacher education degree.

GENERAL EDUCATION CORE38 HOURS

Refer to the General Education core at the beginning of the Academic Programs section for specific courses that fulfill elective requirements.

 
Circleville Ohio Campus  •  4 Year Program  •  Masters  •  Undergraduate

The purpose of the Masters of Education degree program is to provide practicing educators with further advanced knowledge of pedagogy and chosen focused content areas and to create Teacher Leaders in classrooms, buildings and districts.

Objectives

Upon completion of the MEd, the graduate should be able to:
  • Integrate Christian principles in critical thinking and decision-making.
  • Apply an advanced knowledge of education practices and processes, including both pedagogy and technology.
  • As a teacher-leader, critically examine concepts and theories concerning developing education trends.
  • Extend and expand knowledge and skills as a professional educator.
  • Evaluate assessment strategies and instruments, including standardized testing.
  • Develop strategies to address learners with exceptionalities.
  • Conduct education research that involves interpretation of data and applying results to improve educational practice.