(Newly renovated McCracken Hall)
Renée A. Middleton, Dean
Ann Paulins, Associate Dean
Maureen Coon, Assistant Dean
Connie Patterson, 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 fashion product development; 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 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 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 requirements 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.Ed.) 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. At the associate level a program in Child Development is available. All programs require extensive field experience and for those programs at the bachelor’s level an intensive senior yearlong Professional Internship serves as the capstone course.
Department of Recreation and Sport Pedagogy (RSP)
The Department of Recreation and Sport Pedagogy (RSP) at Ohio University offers two undergraduate bachelor of science degree programs: Physical Education Teacher Education (BSPE) and Recreation Studies (BSRS). The Physical Education Teacher Education program includes two majors: Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) and Physical Activity & Sport Coaching (PASC). The PETE major is designed to prepare students to teach physical education in Pre-K through Grade 12 settings. The PASC major is designed to prepare students to pursue physical activity and sports coaching careers in a variety of settings and at various levels of specialization and competition. The Recreation Studies program also includes two majors: Recreation Management and Outdoor Recreation & Education. The Recreation Management major is designed to prepare students to pursue career opportunities in the field of parks, recreation, and leisure services management. Professionals in this field are generally responsible for the administration of facilities, services, events, and activities within the public, private, and non-profit sectors of the parks, recreation and leisure services industry. The Outdoor Recreation & Education major is designed to prepare students to pursue career opportunities in the outdoor industry. General settings in which graduates of the program work include parks and protected areas management, ecotourism and guide services, collegiate outdoor recreation programs, municipal parks and recreation programs, the adventure travel and tourism industry, the outdoor retail industry, nature centers and environmental interpretation programs, summer camps, and wilderness education programs such as Outward Bound and the National Outdoor Leadership School. In addition to these two majors, the Recreation Studies program also offers minors in Recreation Management and Outdoor Recreation & Education and a certificate program in Ecotourism. The Department of Recreation and Sport Pedagogy also houses the Physical Activity & Wellness (PAW) program, which is intended to promote health and wellness through participation in physical activity and recreational sports. The PAW program offers a wide variety of one-credit-hour courses that are available to students across the university, including courses such as aerobic conditioning, weight training, jogging, basketball, tennis, bowling, ice skating, and more.
Department of Human and Consumer Sciences
The Department of Human and Consumer Sciences (HCS) 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. The Family and Consumer Sciences Education program provides students with the opportunity to select from two different majors: Family and Consumer Sciences, Teacher Education and Family and Consumer Sciences - Community Leadership. The Restaurant, Hotel, and Tourism major offers event management, food, beverages, and hotel management, and tourism management. The Retail Merchandising and Fashion Product Development program offers coursework in both creative (product development and promotion) and analytical (sales performance and trend) areas of merchandising with a focus on fashion products.
The Department of Human and Consumer Sciences provides an online bachelor completion program in Customer Service Leadership. The online major leads to a Bachelor of Applied Human and Consumer Sciences. It is a bachelor completion program designed for students who have completed an associate’s degree.
Department of Counseling and Higher Education
The Department of Counseling and Higher Education provides an online bachelor completion program in Human Services. The online major leads to a Bachelor of Applied Human and Consumer Sciences. It is a bachelor’s completion program designed for students who have completed an associate’s degree.
The Department of Educational Studies provides service courses for Teacher Education students, but does not offer bachelor degree programs.