DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University’s Department of Education is one of 35 colleges and universities across the nation recognized today for “effectiveness in preparing future teachers for knowledge in their anticipated subject areas.”
The honor comes from the Washington, D.C.-based National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), a nonpartisan research and policy group committed to “modernizing the teaching profession based on the belief that all children deserve effective teachers.”
NCTQ examined 800 schools and chose to recognize 35 with an “A” grade for meeting its “high school content standard,” which involved a review of Ohio Wesleyan’s course content offerings, degree plans, and admissions selectivity.
“Teachers deserve the opportunity to be prepared, and we congratulate these colleges and universities for leading the pack in taking steps to give teachers a solid base in subject knowledge,” Kate Walsh, president of NCTQ, said in a news release announcing the honored schools. “The most critical step is to make sure that the coursework is rigorous and strong, holding students accountable for achieving mastery in the subjects they intend to teach.”
Ohio Wesleyan earned recognition following an NCTQ review of its program resulting in a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education in Physics with Minor in Adolescent/Young Adult Education. Overall, OWU offers programs for teacher licensure at the early childhood, elementary school, middle school, and high school levels.
Amy McClure, Ph.D., chair of the OWU Department of Education, said the university is committed to “preparing teachers who are ready to step into the classroom and teach effectively from day one. Our education majors spend more than 450 hours in local classrooms observing and assisting teachers and teaching lessons based on ideas they developed in methods courses.”
OWU’s Department of Education also is accredited by the Washington, D.C.-based National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), an organization dedicated to ensuring that teacher-candidates graduate with an in-depth knowledge of the subject matter they plan to teach as well as the skills necessary to convey the material effectively to their students.
The NCTQ recognition was announced today in conjunction with a survey of high school students conducted by San Francisco-based YouthTruth, a nonprofit that seeks to capture “student perceptions to help educators accelerate improvements in their K–12 schools and classrooms.” According to the YouthTruth survey, 32 percent of high school students question whether their teachers are getting enough training in the subjects they teach.
Learn more about Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of Education – including its undergraduate and post-baccalaureate programs – at www.owu.edu/education.
Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers 87 undergraduate majors and competes in 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Ohio Wesleyan combines a challenging, internationally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities to connect classroom theory with real-world experience. OWU’s 1,675 students represent 43 U.S. states and territories and 33 countries. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” listed on the latest President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at www.owu.edu.