Renée A. Middleton, Dean
Aimee Howley, Associate Dean
Ann Paulins, Associate Dean
Maureen Coon, Assistant Dean
The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education is committed to preparing individuals for professional roles in education, education-related fields, recreation and sport pedagogy, retail merchandising, and restaurant, hotel and tourism. In addition to professional preparation programs at the undergraduate level, the college provides graduate programs in a full range of professional education and education-related fields of study.
All undergraduate programs include a broad base of general education, intensive preparation in the subject matter, and a professional emphasis that integrates theory with practice.
The Patton College of Education is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). All programs leading to licensure for teaching in Ohio are approved by the Ohio Department of Education and aligned with Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession, developed by the Ohio Educator Standards Board.
The Patton College of Education shares in the mission of Ohio University. Its special mission is to provide supportive and challenging experiences that foster the development of educational and human services professionals and the communities they serve. The College is a center for the development of knowledge and effective practices in education, human development, and organizational leadership. It promotes the efforts of participants to design and experiment with new practices, evaluate their impact, and share the results. Thus, programs evolve and are frequently reviewed to comply with changing standards established by the State of Ohio and accrediting agencies.
Department of Teacher Education
The mission of the Department of Teacher Education is to prepare future educators for a variety of opportunities in the field of teacher education. Conferral of the Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) degree signifies successful completion of a program that enables demonstration of competence in three areas: (1) general/liberal education; (2) the knowledge, skills, and dispositions required for teaching; and (3) the subject matter in the chosen teaching field(s). In addition to the General Education requirement of the University, candidates for a teaching license must also satisfy requirements established for their specific licensure programs. Teacher Education oversees five licensure areas leading to a Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.E.D.) and one program leading to an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.). At the bachelor’s level the following teaching fields are offered: Early Childhood, Middle Childhood, Adolescent to Young Adult, Intervention Specialist (Special Education), and Multi-Age programs. A major in Child Development is available at the associate level. All programs require extensive field experience and for those programs at the bachelor’s level an intensive Professional Internship serves as the capstone course.
Department of Recreation and Sport Pedagogy (RSP)
The Department of Recreation and Sport Pedagogy (RSP) offers undergraduate degree programs that lead to a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Studies. Students in Physical Education develop their academic background, instructional skills and physical talents, as well as preparation to enter the work force. Extensive field experiences at all levels of the curriculum through its uniquely designed methods course sequence are provided. Students are prepared to teach physical education from PreK through grade twelve. Students in Outdoor Recreation & Education qualify for leadership positions in settings such as high adventure programs and guide services, local, state and federal parks, camps, religious organizations, and outdoor schools such as Outward Bound and the National Outdoor Leadership School. Recreation Management is an interdisciplinary profession. Knowledge and content emphasis in the recreation sector focuses on international, national, regional, state and city recreation services, and they can be applied in commercial, community, collegiate, camp, and resident settings. Recreation Management students qualify for leadership, supervisory, and management positions in city park and recreation departments, resorts, campus recreation, camps, marinas, and non-profit organizations such as, YWCAs & YMCAs.
Department of Human and Consumer Sciences
The Department of Human and Consumer Sciences offers degree programs that lead to a Bachelor of Science in Human and Consumer Sciences. The following programs are offered at the bachelor’s level: Family and Consumer Science Education, Restaurant, Hotel, and Tourism, and Retail Merchandising and Fashion Product Development.
Department of Counseling and Higher Education
The Department of Counseling and Higher Education offers graduate programs only.
The Department of Education Studies provides service courses for Teacher Education students, but does not offer bachelor degree programs.