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Frequently Asked Quesitons

COELEC Summer Academy 2015


  • Who should apply to COELEC?

  • Is COELEC only for students who wish to be teachers or paraprofessionals to ELs?

  • Westerville City School District is a COELEC partner. Does that mean you only work with Westerville teachers?

  • I am a high school social studies teacher. I need help to better serve my ESL students but I don’t want the TESOL endorsement. Would COELEC help my situation?

  • I am a bilingual ESL aide in Central Ohio. I want to become a teacher. Would COELEC help my situation?

  • I have never attended a U.S. university. I am new to the U.S. Can COELEC help me?

  • I work, and I have a family. I want to take classes to become a teacher. Can COELEC help me?

  • I want to teach ELs. I’ve been an EL, and I know how hard it is to learn English. Can COELEC help me?

  • What things should I consider before I agree to take classes through COELEC?

FAQs about the Higher Education Initiative (HEI)

FAQs about the Summer Plus Academy (SPA)

  • What costs are associated with the SPA?

  • What is the time commitment for the SPA?

FAQs about the Career Ladder Initiative (CLI)

  • What costs are associated for students in the Career Ladder Initiative?

  • Is student aid available for Career Ladder students?

  • How long will it take to complete a teaching credential?

  • I am new to the U.S., but I have a degree from my home country. I want to be a teacher. Can you help me?

  • I am an immigrant, and I am taking courses at another university. Can I apply to COELEC?

  • There are students at Columbus State Community College but they are in COELEC. How can this be if the project is at Otterbein University?

Central Ohio English Learners' Education Collaborative

Sue Constable Ph.D.
Principal Investigator
e/ sconstable@otterbein.edu
p/ 614.823.1419

Bev Good Ph.D.
e/ bgood@otterbein.edu
p/ 614.823.1460

Lavonne van der Zwaag
Administrative Assistant
e/ lvanderzwaag@otterbein.edu
p/ 614.823.1320

Kristin Reninger, Ph.D.
Faculty Curriculum Coordinator
e/ kreninger@otterbein.edu
p/ 614.823.1114

Sonia Colon
e/ scolon@otterbein.edu
p/ 614.823.1320

COELEC Offices

408 and 458 Roush Hall
27 South Grove Street
Otterbein University
Westerville, Ohio 43081
Fax: 614-823-3036 

Mailing Address

Otterbein University
Department of Education Roush 430
1 South Grove Street
Westerville, OH 43081