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Ranked 4th among online Christian colleges
OCU ranks 4th among the “Top 8 online Christian Colleges and Universities in 2017” according to www.thebestcolleges.org. Ranking is by graduation, retention and acceptance rates, student-teacher ratios, tuition costs, years of accreditation, reputation, awards, and job placement records.
$300K
$300K
OCU awards $300K+ in scholarships in annual Scholars Day competition

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).

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

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.

 

Available 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
 
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
 

News

OCU Assisted with Summer Institute for Teachers

The 2019 Summer Institute took place on June 3-7. The Ohio Christian University Teacher Education Department partnered with Circleville City Schools, Pickaway County Board of Developmental Disabilities, and Pickaway County ESC to design an institute that would benefit many educators. Courses offered for graduate credit included Trauma Informed Care... Read More

Hands-on Teaching: OCU Professor Keeps Science 'Fun'

By Steven Collins, Senior Reporter, Circleville Herald Photo by Nancy Radcliff, Chief Photographer​, Circleville Herald Circleville Herald, November 14, 2018 When teaching, Rolanda Hurtt believes a hands-on approach is a way to keep both students and teachers interested and engaged. Hurtt, an Affiliate Professor in the Teacher Education... Read More

OCU Develops Future Teacher's Skills in Educating 'Whole Child'

By Steven Collins, Senior Reporter, Circleville Herald Photo by Nancy Radcliff, Chief Photographer, Circleville Herald Circleville Herald, November 15, 2018 The Ohio Christian University’s Teacher Education program is guiding the next generation of teachers into modern day teaching. Valarie Jones, chair of the education department, said... Read More