Jul 13, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2021-22 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2021-22 [Archived Catalog]

Teacher Education

Patton College of Education 
Department of Teacher Education
McCracken Hall
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.4400

Danielle Dani, Chair


The Department of Teacher Education comprises five major program areas: Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Middle Childhood Education, Adolescent-to-Young Adult Education (Secondary Education), Special Education (Intervention Specialist), and Multiage Education (Human and Consumer Sciences, Modern Languages, Music Education, and Physical Education). Programs are grounded in national and state standards, embrace the clinical model with a strong connection to field experiences, and emphasize a commitment to equity, justice, and diversity.

The Department provides the opportunity for candidates admitted to professional education to pursue undergraduate courses leading to teacher licensure in the State of Ohio. 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 requirements of the University, candidates for a teaching license must also satisfy requirements established for their specific licensure programs. Changes in state standards could dictate requirement changes not available at publication. Check with the Office of Student Affairs in McCracken Hall (740.593.4400) for current information.

The Connavino Honors Program is available to students in the Department of Teacher Education. The Connavino Honors Program offers talented students the opportunity to become members of a learning community and complete rigorous inquiry-based courses that supplement and augment their programs. For more information about the Connavino Honors Program, visit https://www.ohio.edu/education/honors-programs.

For more information about undergraduate programs contact the Office of Student Affairs, McCracken Hall, 740.593.4400.


To apply to a program in the Department of Teacher Education, you must submit test scores for one of the following assessments. Admission will be determined holistically in tandem with other requirements and supplementary materials. Students only need to take and submit scores for one of the following tests, not all three.

  1. PRAXIS CORE (Academic Skills for Educators) Test

  2. ACT

  3. SAT

The Patton College of Education has a selective admission and retention process that applies to all candidates who intend to complete the teacher preparation program through Ohio University. Decisions regarding the retention of teacher education candidates in licensure programs will be made through a continual evaluation of progress in coursework, clinical experiences, and field-based experiences. Evaluation criteria will be directly related to the specific knowledge, skills, and dispositions associated with each experience. Generally, there are three selection phases in this process: Admission to Teacher Candidacy, Admission to Advanced Standing, and Admission to Professional Internship in Teaching. The Early Childhood and Elementary Education program also requires Admission to the Pre-Primary Internship.

A candidate may appeal a decision regarding admission or retention by filing an appeal with the Credential Review and Candidate Progress Board. Appeal information can be obtained from the Patton College Office of Student Affairs, McCracken Hall.

Change of Major to the Patton College of Education

Students from other colleges at Ohio University who wish to transfer into the Patton College of Education must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0. Admission requirements are subject to revision.       

Professional Expectations

Membership in the Ohio University academic community carries certain rights and responsibilities that are specifically delineated in the Student Code of Conduct. In addition, membership in the education profession requires that you demonstrate the ability and commitment to respect the dignity, worth, and diversity of all persons with whom you work and study, including peers, school students, and professional contacts on campus and in the community.   

Core Values & Dispositions

The core values and dispositions of the Patton College of Education are a set of fundamental principles and values that guide the practice and development of our faculty, candidates, and staff.

Commitment to Social Justice

  • Professional practice incorporates multicultural and international perspectives.

  • Professional practice respects the dignity of all stakeholders in the educational environment.

  • Professional practice attends to issues of social, economic, and political equity for individuals and groups that differ by gender, race, social class, disability, and sexual orientation.

  • Professional practice entails creation of a challenging, student-centered learning environment that makes use of multiple approaches.

Commitment to Ethics

  • Professional practice attends to codes of ethical conduct relevant to the candidates’ respective educational specialties.

  • Professional practice demonstrates responsible, principled behavior.

  • Professional practice respects the human dignity of all members of the school community.

Commitment to the Well-Being of Students, Families, and Communities

  • Professional practice promotes the development and welfare of all students.

  • Professional practice attends to the students’ health and safety.

  • Professional practice models caring and empathy.

  • Professional practice initiates productive relationships with students, families, communities, and colleagues.

Commitment to Professional Competence and Ongoing Professional Development 

  • Professional practice involves decision making and problem solving, based on reflection, critical thinking, and self-awareness relating to intra/interpersonal functioning.

  • Professional practice demonstrates proficiency in the ethical use of technology.

  • Professional practice demonstrates engagement with continuing education relating to both content and pedagogy

Graduation Requirements

All students in licensure programs must take the required content-area Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) and submit a complete edTPA to Pearson for scoring before graduation and will not be permitted to graduate until the scores have been received by the Patton College Office of Student Affairs. 

Modern Language candidates will continue to be tested using the ACTFL/LTI OPI and WPT.