Otterbein is committed to advanced programs that prepare students to become outstanding teachers. The essence of good teacher candidates lies in their potential for having positive impacts on the learning and well-being of the pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade students that they teach.
Impactful teachers are those who possess the knowledge, skills and dispositions to effectively facilitate learning for students of diverse backgrounds and abilities.
Federal, State and Institutional standards all play a role in the development of Teacher Education Admission criteria.
Otterbein faculty members work continually with highly qualified field supervisors and cooperating teachers to monitor the performance and progress of teacher candidates.
At four decision points—outlined below—the Otterbein Teacher Education Committee reviews each candidate to determine whether they are satisfactorily progressing toward becoming highly qualified teachers.
Teacher Education Candidates: Critical Decision Points and Assessment Benchmarks
To determine the progress of education and teaching candidates in meeting departmental standards, benchmarks have been set to be reviewed across the program.
The Education Department reserves the right to refuse registration and/or admission to any candidate who does not meet the criteria or who does not make satisfactory progress in the Teacher Education Program.
Decision Point 1: Pre-Admission (Entry to EDUC 1600)
- 2.5 overall GPA in courses that appear on the Otterbein transcript
- ACT scores of 20 or above on both English and Math, OR
- SAT scores of 500 or above on both Critical Writing (formerly Critical Reading) and Math, OR
- Praxis I score of 172 or above on Writing and/or Math OR Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (as of 9/1/14) with scores of 150 on Math and/or 162 on Writing. Scores must be sent to Otterbein University, Education Department. Students who fail the same Praxis I OR Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators test three times are no longer eligible for program admission.
Decision Point 2: Admission to Teacher Education Programs
Students complete applications during EDUC 2000 or 2200 on Taskstream. Applications are due the third week of the term. Criteria for admission to the Teacher Education Program include:
- Must continue to meet all Decision Point 1 criteria.
- A minimum of three semesters or 48 semester hours of college level work, including EDUC 1600 and EDUC 2000/2200; a minimum of two semesters or 28 semester hours must be completed at Otterbein;
- AYA and Multi-Age candidates must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours in their teaching area;
- Post-evaluation 2.5 overall GPA from all institutions;
- Post-evaluation 2.75 GPA in teaching area(s);
- Positive recommendations from persons listed below, which will be used to assess interpersonal relations, motivation, and content knowledge:
- EDUC 1600 instructor, supervisor, and cooperating teacher(s);
- EDUC 2000/2200 instructor, supervisor, and cooperating teacher(s);
- A member of the Otterbein faculty or staff, chosen by the candidate, who can assess the student's critical dispositions. It is the candidate’s responsibility to request completion of a recommendation form from a faculty/staff member. Forms are available in the Education Office;
- The chairperson of the teaching area department (for AYA or Multi-Age).
- Transfer and post-baccalaureate candidates who have completed at least 75% of their content area requirements with a content GPA of 2.75 or higher do not need approval of the content area department and may apply for admission prior to completing 12 content hours at Otterbein;
- Proficiency in written communication as evidenced by a "C" or better in a college level composition course;
- Proficiency in oral communication as evidenced by performance in EDUC 1600 and EDUC 2000/2200;
- Course grades of C or higher and overall field ratings of 3 or higher in EDUC 1600 and EDUC 2000/2200;
- At the discretion of the Teacher Education Committee, data collected and reported in all college-level courses; and dispositions in courses, field experiences, and on-campus interactions with university faculty, staff, and students may also be considered in the decision to admit a student to teacher education. This list is not inclusive.
Applications are reviewed every term; files are complete only after a candidate has taken EDUC 1600 and 2000/2200. Applicants will be notified of the action of the Committee in writing within two weeks of the decision, and they may reapply if they do not qualify on the first application by contacting the Education Department for application deadlines.
Eligibility will again be checked prior to candidates being enrolled in Methods courses. Candidates must receive positive recommendations from their early field experience in order to enroll in EDUC 3200, 3420, 3700, or MUSC 3032/3033, or ART 3920.
Decision Point 3: Enrollment in Capstone (Student Teaching)
Applications for student teaching are available on the Education website under “Department Forms.” Applications must be submitted at least two terms before student teaching. Candidates' records will again be reviewed before student teaching placement to assure the following criteria for eligibility are met:
- GPA (see Admission requirements);
- Successful completion of pre-student teaching field and course requirements;
- Positive recommendation from a Methods instructor;
- Submission of a student teaching application to the Education Department;
- Interview with the Director or Assistant Director of Field Placements;
- Post-baccalaureate foreign language candidates must pass both ACTFL content licensure tests (OPI and WPT) prior to student teaching
Candidates needing more time to demonstrate competencies for student teaching may be required to take an extra field experience.
Decision Point 4: Exit Requirements for Student Teaching
Successful completion of Student Teaching Clinical Practice requirements; effective Fall 2016: All candidates in student teaching must complete and submit the edTPA for national scoring. The Education Department has set a cut score of 35. Candidates with a score of less than 35 must revise and re-submit sections of the assessment for scoring by the department. Successful completion of Student Teaching Seminar and workshop requirements, including an electronic exit portfolio and a Senior Year Experience project and presentation.
Decision Point 5: Program Completion and Recommendation for Licensure
- Completion of all required coursework, including a "C" grade in all Professional Education courses;
- Verification of GPA requirements (see Admission to Teacher Education);
- Application for graduation/program completion (See Registrar's Office for details at least two terms before you plan to complete your program);
- Licensure candidates should have a 2.75 GPA in their content area; Integrated Science majors need a 3.00 GPA
- Successful completion of OAE licensure tests required for the specific licensure area(s). Note: Modern Language teacher candidates must score at the “Advanced Low” level on the OPI and WPT tests (ACTFL tests). (See section on Licensure Testing for further details.
- Valid Fingerprinting and Background Check is required for licensure;
- Set up a SAFE account on the Ohio Department of Education website and apply for licensure.