Student Teacher Survey – Spring 2013
Notre Dame College has a long tradition of teacher education. Students may pursue programs leading to Ohio licensure in early childhood, middle childhood, special education, adolescent/young adult and multi-age education. Those pursuing adolescent/young adult and multi-age licensure also pursue an academic major. The detailed organization of the teacher education program and its specific directives are outlined in the Education Handbook.
Driving the conceptual framework for the teacher education division at Notre Dame College is the institutional mission statement of educating "a diverse population...for personal, professional and global responsibility" and the College motto, "Changing the world, one student at a time." Current theory and research, state and national standards, the standards of specialized professional associations and the concerns of the division's PK-12 partners have further aided the division in reshaping and redefining its conceptual framework. Summarized as "changing the classroom, one teacher at a time," the major themes articulated by the conceptual framework guide candidate performance outcomes and the system by which the division, its programs and its candidates are assessed.
Changing the Classroom, One Teacher at a Time
The teacher education division of Notre Dame College believes that, in order for its program completers to impact classrooms, candidates must possess the appropriate knowledge bases in the content areas in which they will be asked to teach. They will also need the skills necessary to engage students of diverse backgrounds, and they will need to collaborate with all members of the school community.
Through its undergraduate licensure programs,
Notre Dame College's teacher candidates will:
- Be well-grounded in general studies (e.g., human development and learning) and in the specific disciplines (e.g., mathematics, special education).
- Be familiar with students in a variety of settings.
- Be able to use multiple teaching strategies to work effectively with learners of diverse abilities, learning styles and cultural backgrounds.
- Possess the skills to collaborate effectively with parents, colleagues and other stakeholders.
- Be reflective in their education practices.
These five outcomes are the foundation of the coursework, classroom activities, assessments and field experiences prescribed for each licensure program.
Together, the five outcomes form the three essential themes of the division's conceptual framework: the importance of culturally-relevant teaching, a variety of field experiences and the importance of collaboration within the school community.
Students seeking licensure in education must receive a grade of C- or better in all education (ED) courses.
Students who are seeking a bachelor's degree will take twelve (12) hours of student teaching. Students who participate in graduation in May and student teach the following fall will take twelve (12) hours of student teaching. The degree will be earned and the diploma will be presented upon the completion of student teaching.