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Dr. Jeanne R. Bruce, who recently joined Ohio Christian University’s Teacher Education Department, creates positive environments where students thrive and succeed. Experienced in applying strategies for success in teaching, she is well-versed in classroom management, online instruction, and student support.

Recognized for her communication and relationship-building skills, Professor Bruce teaches a spectrum of courses, including Educational Psychology, Math Methods, Cultures of Children, Instructional Strategies for Adolescents and Young Adults, Fundamentals of Communication, and Teaching the Exceptional Child. She also advises and instructs students on careers in teaching and observes student teachers in their field placements. Bruce specializes in educating pre-teachers on how to implement intervention strategies that benefit students with learning disabilities in the general and special education classroom.

Dr. Bruce earned her doctorate in Administration and Supervision at Tennessee State University, an Education Specialist degree in Instructional Leadership and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a K-12 Special Education Teaching Certification at Tennessee Technological University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication and Romance Languages at Olivet Nazarene University.

Bruce’s background includes directing discipleship ministries for a United Methodist church, instructing online and face-to-face graduate education courses at faith-based universities, being a Special Education teacher, directing marketing and public relations for a hospital, writing newspaper features and editorials, and providing administrative support for a law firm and a manufacturing company.

“The first time I stepped into a college classroom, I realized that teaching this age group is my passion. When I saw the opportunity to teach full-time at OCU, I applied, because I have the Intervention Specialist and hands-on experience that the University needs for its rapidly growing Teacher Education Program,” explains Bruce. “Teaching is my calling and, because I’ve gained specialized training to help students with disabilities, I can share that knowledge with pre-teachers so they, too, can be successful in the classroom with students who struggle; they can make a difference in the lives of those children and their families.

“When teachers are prepared and trained to work with students with learning disabilities in the general education classroom, they will better serve their school, district, and community. My dissertation research indicated that the more teachers feel prepared for these challenges in the classroom, the more positively they feel about having these students in their classroom. Providing the training our OCU students need to be effective in meeting such challenges in their college careers will result in greater success as teachers in the future, not only for them but for their students for years to come.”

In February, at Capital University’s Gateway Conference, Dr. Valerie Jones, Director of Teacher Education at OCU, and Dr. Jeanne Bruce are presenting a case study on intervention for at-risk college students. 

Articles of Interest

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Summer Institute Courses

Summer Institute Courses image

Published: May 10, 2019

This summer, Ohio Christian University is offering summer courses that will help K-12 and undergraduate instructors work towards a graduate degree. The institute gives instructors the opportunity to earn degrees and gain knowledge in a shorter period of time. Each course lasts for six weeks and counts as three credit hours. There will be two separate six-week terms throughout the summer. The cost of these graduate level classes is $990 per course. There is a simple application and approval process for the program. The University will also be offering special topic classes that count
This summer, Ohio Christian University is offering summer courses that will help K-12 and undergraduate instructors work towards a graduate degree. The institute gives instructors the opportunity to earn degrees and gain knowledge in a shorter period of time. Each course lasts for six weeks and counts as three credit hours. There will be two separate six-week terms throughout the summer. The
This summer, Ohio Christian University is offering summer courses that will help K-12 and undergraduate instructors work towards a graduate degree. The institute gives instructors the opportunity
OCU Kappa Delta Pi Chapter Inducts 28 New Members image

OCU Kappa Delta Pi Chapter Inducts 28 New Members

OCU Kappa Delta Pi Chapter Inducts 28 New Members image

Published: April 26, 2019

CIRCLEVILLE, OHIO—Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, is pleased to announce that 28 preservice educators have been invited and inducted into its membership through the Alpha Iota Sigma Chapter of Ohio Christian University. The initiation ceremony took place on April 9, 2019 at The Ministry and Performing Arts Center. The ceremony opened with Dr. Hank Kelly, Provost at Ohio Christian University, giving the welcome and prayer. Dr. Ann Shelly, of Kappa Delta Pi, installed the new members, the Alpha Iota Sigma Chapter and the officers. Mr. Jonathan Davis,
CIRCLEVILLE, OHIO—Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, is pleased to announce that 28 preservice educators have been invited and inducted into its membership through the Alpha Iota Sigma Chapter of Ohio Christian University. The initiation ceremony took place on April 9, 2019 at The Ministry and Performing Arts Center. The ceremony opened with Dr. Hank Kelly, Provost at
CIRCLEVILLE, OHIO—Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, is pleased to announce that 28 preservice educators have been invited and inducted into its membership through the Alpha

Archived Articles of Interest

Trauma Informed Care Training Hits Needs Head-On image

Trauma Informed Care Training Hits Needs Head-On

Trauma Informed Care Training Hits Needs Head-On image

Published: June 20, 2018

On June 4 and 5, Ohio Christian University hosted over 150 participants attending the Southern Ohio Trauma Informed Care Training. OCU undergraduate and graduate teacher education students as well as area educators, pastors, administrators, and social workers listened to informative sessions covering topics ranging from classroom teaching to social work case management.  They engaged in dynamic discussions, break-out activities and tasks that raised questions and prompted fresh thinking by even the most inquisitive participants. Hosted by social workers Amanda Knotts and Bryston
On June 4 and 5, Ohio Christian University hosted over 150 participants attending the Southern Ohio Trauma Informed Care Training. OCU undergraduate and graduate teacher education students as well as area educators, pastors, administrators, and social workers listened to informative sessions covering topics ranging from classroom teaching to social work case management.  They engaged in
On June 4 and 5, Ohio Christian University hosted over 150 participants attending the Southern Ohio Trauma Informed Care Training. OCU undergraduate and graduate teacher education students as well
2019 Spring Trip to Learn Education Excellence in Finland and Sweden image

2019 Spring Trip to Learn Education Excellence in Finland and Sweden

2019 Spring Trip to Learn Education Excellence in Finland and Sweden image

Published: June 12, 2018

Learn how the Finnish and Swedish secondary school systems provide world-class education for their students.  These globally top-rated schools maintain their excellent quality of education without homework or standard tests.   Cultural experiences throughout this tour of Finland’s Helsinki and Sweden’s Stockholm give participants an enriching perspective on Scandinavia’s culture and progressive educational practices.  Registration is open now for this once-in-a-lifetime trip that begins in mid-May, 2019. According to OCU Teacher Education Department Chair, Dr. Valerie Jones, “Our aim
Learn how the Finnish and Swedish secondary school systems provide world-class education for their students.  These globally top-rated schools maintain their excellent quality of education without homework or standard tests.   Cultural experiences throughout this tour of Finland’s Helsinki and Sweden’s Stockholm give participants an enriching perspective on Scandinavia’s culture and
Learn how the Finnish and Swedish secondary school systems provide world-class education for their students.  These globally top-rated schools maintain their excellent quality of education without
Instructional Techniques for Teaching AYA Learners with Exceptionalities image

Instructional Techniques for Teaching AYA Learners with Exceptionalities

Instructional Techniques for Teaching AYA Learners with Exceptionalities image

Published: March 2, 2018

Adolescence to Young Adult majors (grades 7-12) take a course within our program called “Instructional Techniques for Teaching AYA Learners with Exceptionalities” in which they are placed with an Intervention Specialist and learn instructional methods for students with disabilities and also with giftedness. This class is only one reason why our AYA program is different from others. Our students are often treated to guest speakers who provide real-world and first-hand information that our students will be able use as they teach. Pictured are Rev. Joe and Peggy Duvall who spoke to our
Adolescence to Young Adult majors (grades 7-12) take a course within our program called “Instructional Techniques for Teaching AYA Learners with Exceptionalities” in which they are placed with an Intervention Specialist and learn instructional methods for students with disabilities and also with giftedness. This class is only one reason why our AYA program is different from others. Our
Adolescence to Young Adult majors (grades 7-12) take a course within our program called “Instructional Techniques for Teaching AYA Learners with Exceptionalities” in which they are placed with an
Teacher Ed Department Meeting Spring 2018 image

Teacher Ed Department Meeting Spring 2018

Teacher Ed Department Meeting Spring 2018 image

Published: March 2, 2018

The Teacher Education Department met for their spring meeting to discuss updates within the programs and also for reminders of very important information. There was also an announcement of European trip to Finland and Sweden in May 2019. Current and future education students will have the opportunity to travel to Finnish and Swedish schools to observe and interact with their students and educational settings that are considered to be #1 in the world, as well as sightsee and experience the culture during their time there.          
The Teacher Education Department met for their spring meeting to discuss updates within the programs and also for reminders of very important information. There was also an announcement of European trip to Finland and Sweden in May 2019. Current and future education students will have the opportunity to travel to Finnish and Swedish schools to observe and interact with their students and
The Teacher Education Department met for their spring meeting to discuss updates within the programs and also for reminders of very important information. There was also an announcement of European
Night to Shine

Students Gain Empathy in Tim Tebow’s Night to Shine

Night to Shine

Published: March 1, 2018

By Amber Ginter Ohio Christian University Teacher Education students and faculty participated in Tim Tebow Foundation’s Night to Shine in Circleville Vineyard Church in February.  The event gave opportunities to show love and support to those with disabilities.  Night to Shine is a prom where everyone can participate, delivering fun, dancing, music, food, and normalcy.  Created to embrace those with exceptionalities so that they feel loved and special, the event enables participants to show kindness in the spirit of Christian faith. “It was a Christian event. Yet, you need not be a
By Amber Ginter Ohio Christian University Teacher Education students and faculty participated in Tim Tebow Foundation’s Night to Shine in Circleville Vineyard Church in February.  The event gave opportunities to show love and support to those with disabilities.  Night to Shine is a prom where everyone can participate, delivering fun, dancing, music, food, and normalcy.  Created to embrace
By Amber Ginter Ohio Christian University Teacher Education students and faculty participated in Tim Tebow Foundation’s Night to Shine in Circleville Vineyard Church in February.  The event gave