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Student Organizations

Education Theme House

Residents living in the Education House at 162 W. Home Street are education majors. They live and learn together, supporting one another through the Education Program. The house plans programs on the topics of Columbus schools, leadership development and student teaching. Residents serve as role models to freshmen education majors and those going through the student teaching process. They also host meetings and programs sponsored by the Education department and often have socials open to the campus. They are most famous for their annual donut run! For more information about the Theme House, contact Diane Ross, advisor.

Kappa Delta Pi

The Otterbein chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, Chi Eta, consists of Education students whose grade point average is in the top 20% of students in their Education program area and who, by faculty evaluation, possess qualities of leadership, service and professionalism. The mission of Kappa Delta Pi is to sustain an honored community of diverse educators by promoting excellence and advancing scholarship, leadership, and service. The vision of Kappa Delta Pi is to help committed educators be leaders in improving education for global citizenship. For more information about this organization, contact Sue Constable, KDP Advisor.

Otterbein Collegiate Middle Level Association (OCMLA)

OCMLA, an affiliate of the National Middle School Association (NMSA), is a professional and social organization for middle childhood education majors. OCMLA hosts several professional development events for all education majors each year. Past professional development events included a discussion with a panel of first-year teachers, a speaker from Franklin County Children’s Services, a discussion with practicing teachers about classroom management, a workshop at the William Sheridan Teacher store, and a team-building event at Vertical Adventures Rock Climbing Gym. Upcoming events include a resume workshop and a spaghetti dinner.

The Otterbein Collegiate Middle Level Association (OCMLA) was designated in 2009 as the National Office of the Collegiate Middle Level Association (CMLA), overseeing all CMLA chapters throughout the country.

John Swaim, former professor of Education at Otterbein, founded the Collegiate Middle Level Association in 1989. The aim of CMLA is to engage teacher candidates in professional development activities related to young adolescent development and middle grades teaching. There are now 31 CMLA chapters at colleges and universities throughout the country. For more information about this organization contact: Kristin Reninger, OCMLA Advisor.

Otterbein Student Education Association (OSEA)

OSEA is a professional development organization for all education students attending Otterbein University. Affiliated with Ohio Student Education Association, students involved in OSEA have opportunities to develop and implement workshops focused on the betterment of Ohio's school children; some examples are: classroom management, resume writing, interviewing tips, and classroom technology resources. OSEA members also have the opportunity to engage in professional activities with Otterbein professors as well as teachers and administrators from local school districts. OSEA has brought nationally and state renowned speakers to campus. Any of these activities are open to all education majors. OSEA is also responsible for hosting the yearly education department initiation for those students who accepted into the Department of Education at Otterbein University. For more information, upcoming events, or to contact an OSEA Executive Board member, please visit us on Facebook.

/ Department of Education

Claire Parson
Roush Hall 430
p/ 614.823.1214
e/ cparson@otterbein.edu

 

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