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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. 

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Summer Institute Courses

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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
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OCU Kappa Delta Pi Chapter Inducts 28 New Members

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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

Kudos to Courtney Teague: Student Mentoring Makes the Grade image

Kudos to Courtney Teague: Student Mentoring Makes the Grade

Kudos to Courtney Teague: Student Mentoring Makes the Grade image

Published: May 14, 2015

A pre-Teacher Education student was recently in my office to express enthusiastic gratitude for the valuable mentoring received from Courtney Teague, a sophomore in the OCU Middle Childhood Teacher Education program (with concentrations in Math and Science.)   Because of Courtney’s kindness, encouragement, mentoring, and teaching, the student who was struggling in a general education course, was able to pass the final exam three grade levels higher than on the previous two exams. Without Courtney’s pro-active invitation to study together, the student’s GPA would have been much
A pre-Teacher Education student was recently in my office to express enthusiastic gratitude for the valuable mentoring received from Courtney Teague, a sophomore in the OCU Middle Childhood Teacher Education program (with concentrations in Math and Science.)   Because of Courtney’s kindness, encouragement, mentoring, and teaching, the student who was struggling in a general education
A pre-Teacher Education student was recently in my office to express enthusiastic gratitude for the valuable mentoring received from Courtney Teague, a sophomore in the OCU Middle Childhood Teacher
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OCU Teacher Education Student With a Passion for Missions

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Published: May 14, 2015

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Ohio Christian University Sophomore and Early Childhood Education major Allyson Jones has grown up being involved in ministry.  Her family has always served together, whether in pastoring or missions work.  Her dad is the President of GO International giving her the chance to travel to Mexico, Colombia, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Trinidad.  This year she will be returning to
Ohio Christian University Sophomore and Early Childhood Education major Allyson Jones has grown up being involved in ministry.  Her family has always served together, whether in pastoring or
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Teacher Education Grads following Their Passion for Education and Family

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Published: January 3, 2015

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Lauren (Bivens) Sisley
Lauren (Bivens) Sisley
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Enthusiasm For The Classroom

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Published: March 9, 2014

Do you wonder what’s happening in the OCU Teacher Education department? Catch a glimpse from current student, Annie Bonk, pursuing licensure through our Bachelor of Arts Teacher Education for Early Childhood program.   In her recently submitted paper, "A Tour of the Common Core," Annie enthusiastically quotes Valerie L. Wilson, Ph.D., OCU's Teacher Education Department Chair, "’Ohio Christian University has had a constructivist view on our teacher education program even before our accreditation. We believe in hands-on approaches to learning.’"   She goes on to give an
Do you wonder what’s happening in the OCU Teacher Education department? Catch a glimpse from current student, Annie Bonk, pursuing licensure through our Bachelor of Arts Teacher Education for Early Childhood program.   In her recently submitted paper, "A Tour of the Common Core," Annie enthusiastically quotes Valerie L. Wilson, Ph.D., OCU's Teacher Education Department Chair, "’Ohio
Do you wonder what’s happening in the OCU Teacher Education department? Catch a glimpse from current student, Annie Bonk, pursuing licensure through our Bachelor of Arts Teacher Education for Early
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Impacting the World through Education from Wesley’s Point of View

Impacting the World through Education from Wesley’s Point of View image

Published: November 26, 2013

During a recent visit to a church, one high school senior said to me, “I do not want to attend Ohio Christian because I want a real-world education.” I’m sure he has his own definition of what constitutes a “real-world education,” but his statement concerned me. Today’s Christian parents must be alert to the fact that many higher education institutions present godless content and philosophies that can cause students to stray from their faith.  Now, I am not so naive as to think one cannot be a proponent of Christian education while supporting the education processes of local public
During a recent visit to a church, one high school senior said to me, “I do not want to attend Ohio Christian because I want a real-world education.” I’m sure he has his own definition of what constitutes a “real-world education,” but his statement concerned me. Today’s Christian parents must be alert to the fact that many higher education institutions present godless content and
During a recent visit to a church, one high school senior said to me, “I do not want to attend Ohio Christian because I want a real-world education.” I’m sure he has his own definition of what