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Clarissa Crowley, one of the first Adolescence to Young Adult Education (AYA) Mathematics majors at Ohio Christian University, set her sights high when she decided to major in STEM education to transform young lives.

Serving as a ‘guinea pig’ for the new AYA curriculum with its advanced, yet enticing, and rigorous materials, Crowley’s goal for herself is not only propelling her into the future, but also enabling her to demonstrate faith-based leadership to her peers.

Becoming a servant leader wasn’t always in the cards for Crowley.  Higher education seemed unobtainable to her until a former OCU president arrived to vacation in Pigeon Forge, TN, Crowley’s hometown. 

“Until I encountered OCU’s former president who shared about the university, I never imagined attending college was within my reach.  I felt driven to succeed, but I wasn’t sure what steps to take.  With a scholarship obtained through guidance of OCU’s Financial Aid Office, I am acquiring a quality higher education.  It was God’s will that I discovered here is where to earn my teaching degree.”

Many students like Crowley struggle with unknowns in finding their way to and through college.  However, as her story demonstrates, God enables us to succeed, especially when we align with His will and calling for us.  “After OCU’s president heard my testimony at our church, he introduced himself and told me about OCU, and, through prayer and trusting God, I decided to come.”

In her junior year now, Crowley feels OCU’s AYA Teacher Education program is phenomenal: “It is preparing me to be highly equipped in the classroom. I have no doubt I will continue and become an inspiration to others.  OCU has taught me to take chances.  Through Christ, we can do anything.”

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Ohio Christian to Host Education Summit in November image

Ohio Christian to Host Education Summit in November

Ohio Christian to Host Education Summit in November image

Published: October 16, 2019

Ohio Christian University is pleased to welcome government officials, teachers and the public to its 2019 Education Summit on Nov 15. The purpose of the summit is to bring in education stakeholders to discuss Ohio’s new strategic education plan “Each Child, Our Future” and the next steps moving forward. The event will be held in Ohio Christian’s Ministry
Ohio Christian University is pleased to welcome government officials, teachers and the public to its 2019 Education Summit on Nov 15. The purpose of the summit is to bring in education stakeholders to discuss Ohio’s new strategic education plan “Each Child, Our Future” and the next steps moving forward. The event will be held in Ohio Christian’s Ministry
Ohio Christian University is pleased to welcome government officials, teachers and the public to its 2019 Education Summit on Nov 15. The purpose of the summit is to bring in education stakeholders
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Trailblazers in Reading

Trailblazers in Reading image

Published: August 12, 2019

Submitted by Professor Scott Barr American author Henry David Thoreau wrote, “How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book.” This holds true for many of the young men and women in Professor Anita Conkel and Professor Scott Barr’s English composition classes. On April 15, students marked their participation in “The Great American Read” with a celebration sponsored by the English Department and hosted by the Maxwell Library staff. “The Great American Read” is a nationwide event started by the Public Broadcast System (PBS) in 2018. One hundred influential and
Submitted by Professor Scott Barr American author Henry David Thoreau wrote, “How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book.” This holds true for many of the young men and women in Professor Anita Conkel and Professor Scott Barr’s English composition classes. On April 15, students marked their participation in “The Great American Read” with a celebration sponsored
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OCU Assisted with Summer Institute for Teachers image

OCU Assisted with Summer Institute for Teachers

OCU Assisted with Summer Institute for Teachers image

Published: June 14, 2019

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 Training II, Orton-Gillingham Training, and Google Classroom Training. The Ohio Christian University Teacher Education Department believes in providing excellent and effective professional development for the teachers and the school
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 Training II, Orton-Gillingham Training, and
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
OCU T.E. Group Observes Educators in Finland and Sweden image

OCU T.E. Group Observes Educators in Finland and Sweden

OCU T.E. Group Observes Educators in Finland and Sweden image

Published: June 6, 2019

During summer break, Dr. Valerie Jones, Teacher Education Chair and Dr. Jeanne Bruce, Associate Professor, traveled with five pre-service educators to Helsinki, Finland, and Stockholm, Sweden to study the top-two school systems in the world. The group was able to tour a Finnish grade school to observe their curriculum and instruction and speak with the students and teachers. In Sweden, the group visited a university and were able to learn about Swedish high schools and the transition to higher education. In addition to the focus on education, the group did some sightseeing and learned
During summer break, Dr. Valerie Jones, Teacher Education Chair and Dr. Jeanne Bruce, Associate Professor, traveled with five pre-service educators to Helsinki, Finland, and Stockholm, Sweden to study the top-two school systems in the world. The group was able to tour a Finnish grade school to observe their curriculum and instruction and speak with the students and teachers. In Sweden, the
During summer break, Dr. Valerie Jones, Teacher Education Chair and Dr. Jeanne Bruce, Associate Professor, traveled with five pre-service educators to Helsinki, Finland, and Stockholm, Sweden to
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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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Valerie Jones, left, talks with student Mackenzie Walton in her office Tuesday at Ohio Christian University. Jones, a former Southeastern English teacher, is now the department chair for the teacher education program at Ohio Christian University.

Valerie Jones Leads Teacher Education Program to New Heights

Valerie Jones, left, talks with student Mackenzie Walton in her office Tuesday at Ohio Christian University. Jones, a former Southeastern English teacher, is now the department chair for the teacher education program at Ohio Christian University.

Published: March 7, 2016

Valerie Jones says she never expected to be in an administrative role as an educator, but is looking ahead to the future in hopes she can continue making a positive impact on students' lives. The former Southeastern High School teacher now serves as department chair of the teacher education program at Ohio Christian University, where she has been employed since last July, and has been instrumental in improving the department as a whole. Jones, who is working on her doctorate degree at Marshall University, resides on a farm just outside of Chillicothe with her husband. Jones said it
Valerie Jones says she never expected to be in an administrative role as an educator, but is looking ahead to the future in hopes she can continue making a positive impact on students' lives. The former Southeastern High School teacher now serves as department chair of the teacher education program at Ohio Christian University, where she has been employed since last July, and has been
Valerie Jones says she never expected to be in an administrative role as an educator, but is looking ahead to the future in hopes she can continue making a positive impact on students' lives. The
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A New Vision for OCU's Teacher Education Program

A New Vision for OCU's Teacher Education Program image

Published: January 20, 2016

Over the past several years under the leadership of now former department chair Valerie Wilson, the Teacher Education program experienced accelerated growth, quickly becoming the second largest program at OCU. That growth will continue under the leadership of new Teacher Education Department Chair Valerie Jones, who joined OCU over the summer with more than 16 years of teaching experience.  Ohio Christian University’s Teacher Education program graduates competent, confident, caring, and qualified teachers.   “Graduates from OCU’s Teacher Education program are sought after,” 
Over the past several years under the leadership of now former department chair Valerie Wilson, the Teacher Education program experienced accelerated growth, quickly becoming the second largest program at OCU. That growth will continue under the leadership of new Teacher Education Department Chair Valerie Jones, who joined OCU over the summer with more than 16 years of teaching experience
Over the past several years under the leadership of now former department chair Valerie Wilson, the Teacher Education program experienced accelerated growth, quickly becoming the second largest
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OCU Education Students Honor Local Teachers with 650 Gifts of Appreciation

OCU Education Students Honor Local Teachers with 650 Gifts of Appreciation image

Published: September 25, 2015

  At Ohio Christian University, we strive to cultivate an attitude of gratitude in our students, and as the school year started we wanted to take a moment to thank our community’s teachers. So last week, Ohio Christian University’s teacher education students showed their thanks to Pickaway County’s educators as they formed an assembly line to package nearly 650 gifts of appreciation for every teacher in the county. Each gift contained: A coffee mug Coffee A personal note of encouragement from President Smith According to Valerie Jones, Chair of the Teacher
  At Ohio Christian University, we strive to cultivate an attitude of gratitude in our students, and as the school year started we wanted to take a moment to thank our community’s teachers. So last week, Ohio Christian University’s teacher education students showed their thanks to Pickaway County’s educators as they formed an assembly line to package nearly 650 gifts of appreciation
  At Ohio Christian University, we strive to cultivate an attitude of gratitude in our students, and as the school year started we wanted to take a moment to thank our community’s teachers
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Kids on Campus

Kids on Campus image

Published: July 1, 2015

Ohio Christian University’s commitment to education isn’t exclusively highereducation; this commitment includes every stage of a person’s learning experience.That’s why OCU is a dedicated to “Kids on Campus” – a summer enrichmentprogram for first through fourth graders that allows them to experience academiclife on a college campus, while improving their math, science, art, and technologyskills.The program is a partnership with Pickaway HELPS (Higher Education for LearnersPartnership) and Ohio Christian University with generous support from PPGindustries.Campus rarely lacks youthful
Ohio Christian University’s commitment to education isn’t exclusively highereducation; this commitment includes every stage of a person’s learning experience.That’s why OCU is a dedicated to “Kids on Campus” – a summer enrichmentprogram for first through fourth graders that allows them to experience academiclife on a college campus, while improving their math, science, art, and
Ohio Christian University’s commitment to education isn’t exclusively highereducation; this commitment includes every stage of a person’s learning experience.That’s why OCU is a dedicated to “Kids
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OCU Writing Center Presents at Writing Center Conference at the University of Notre Dame

OCU Writing Center Presents at Writing Center Conference at the University of Notre Dame image

Published: May 20, 2015

The OCU Writing Center has been busy this year. In addition to the over 400 drop-in visits they received from students, the twelve writing workshops they hosted, and their work with students in the Basic Writing Lab, they also presented at a professional writing conference this past spring.April 10-11, Dr. Krista Stonerock and Christine Zimmerman, co-directors of OCU Writing Center, accompanied a group of tutors to the annual East Central Writing Center Association (ECWCA) Conference held at the University of Notre Dame. Tutors Ethan Allen, Tim Allen, Brent Palmer, and Kelsey Blackman
The OCU Writing Center has been busy this year. In addition to the over 400 drop-in visits they received from students, the twelve writing workshops they hosted, and their work with students in the Basic Writing Lab, they also presented at a professional writing conference this past spring.April 10-11, Dr. Krista Stonerock and Christine Zimmerman, co-directors of OCU Writing Center,
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