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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
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
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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

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

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Amanda Grooms surrounded by family and friends at her suprise commencement celebration at Grant Medical Center

OCU held surprise commencement for hospitalized student

Amanda Grooms surrounded by family and friends at her suprise commencement celebration at Grant Medical Center

Published: April 22, 2014

Amanda Grooms, a now mom of four, expected to walk across the stage and graduate with her bachelor’s degree from Ohio Christian University last weekend. However, complications resulted in her being hospitalized on bed-rest for the duration of her pregnancy, so she was unable to realize her dream of walking at graduation. Knowing how important it was to her, a group of Ohio Christian University officials secretly planned a surprise mini-commencement at Grant Medical Center on Friday, April 22. A teary-eyed Amanda entered a packed-room full of her family, friends, and co-workers. She
Amanda Grooms, a now mom of four, expected to walk across the stage and graduate with her bachelor’s degree from Ohio Christian University last weekend. However, complications resulted in her being hospitalized on bed-rest for the duration of her pregnancy, so she was unable to realize her dream of walking at graduation. Knowing how important it was to her, a group of Ohio Christian
Amanda Grooms, a now mom of four, expected to walk across the stage and graduate with her bachelor’s degree from Ohio Christian University last weekend. However, complications resulted in her being
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Enthusiasm For The Classroom

Enthusiasm For The Classroom image

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
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First Students Begin in New OCU Atlanta-Morrow Location!

First Students Begin in New OCU Atlanta-Morrow Location! image

Published: September 28, 2013

On Thursday, September 26, 2013, Ohio Christian University opened the doors and welcomed thirteen new students at OCU’s newest location, 1550 Southlake Parkway in Morrow, Georgia. Dr. Shawn Thomas serves as the Director of Enrollment and Operations in Morrow and started with OCU in August. Ms. Latonya Holmes serves as Corporate Developer and Recruiter and began this past July. Dr. Tim Eades, Assistant Provost and Vice President stated, “Dr. Thomas and Ms. Holmes have accomplished an amazing feat in reaching out to the Morrow community and opening the facility to serve students in
On Thursday, September 26, 2013, Ohio Christian University opened the doors and welcomed thirteen new students at OCU’s newest location, 1550 Southlake Parkway in Morrow, Georgia. Dr. Shawn Thomas serves as the Director of Enrollment and Operations in Morrow and started with OCU in August. Ms. Latonya Holmes serves as Corporate Developer and Recruiter and began this past July. Dr. Tim
On Thursday, September 26, 2013, Ohio Christian University opened the doors and welcomed thirteen new students at OCU’s newest location, 1550 Southlake Parkway in Morrow, Georgia. Dr. Shawn Thomas
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Faculty and Students Present Research on Hybrid Learning

Faculty and Students Present Research on Hybrid Learning image

Published: April 15, 2013

On Friday, January 4, 2013, Dr. Sylvia McDonald, Assistant Professor of Psychology, and Jodi Irvine, a senior psychology major, and Psych Club President,(material in italics need added) presented on the topic of “Professor Immediacy in Hybrid Classes: Do Hybrids Make the Grade?”At a faculty workshop in 2010, OCU Provost Dr. Hank Kelly challenged faculty to look into the hybrid model and its benefits.“As someone who takes the teaching portion of my job very seriously, I felt it my duty as a professional to investigate trends in higher education,” Dr. Sylvia McDonald said.McDonald and
On Friday, January 4, 2013, Dr. Sylvia McDonald, Assistant Professor of Psychology, and Jodi Irvine, a senior psychology major, and Psych Club President,(material in italics need added) presented on the topic of “Professor Immediacy in Hybrid Classes: Do Hybrids Make the Grade?”At a faculty workshop in 2010, OCU Provost Dr. Hank Kelly challenged faculty to look into the hybrid model and its
On Friday, January 4, 2013, Dr. Sylvia McDonald, Assistant Professor of Psychology, and Jodi Irvine, a senior psychology major, and Psych Club President,(material in italics need added) presented