Taking classes requires time. In addition to driving to and from the University and actually sitting in classes, you will need to budget time to do large amounts of reading, writing, and research. For the education classes, you must engage in “field work.” This means that you will spend between five and ten hours each week in an assigned school. After your field work, the next step is “student teaching.” During student teaching you work with a cooperating teacher as a teacher for an entire semester. You must arrive before the students every morning, Monday through Friday, and you stay after the students leave at the end of the day. You will also attend classes on campus during this time. This leaves little time for a full-time job. We suggest that you request a leave of absence while you complete student teaching requirements.
If you have children, you will need to arrange for child care while you take your classes. You need to be able to have time to complete your assignments. You may be able to arrange to take some classes on line. During the latter semesters of classes, you will need to come to Otterbein during the day.
In addition to budgeting time, students must be willing to meet with advisers, communicate with the COELEC staff by phone and by e mail, and keep in touch with instructors. Regular, consistent communication is critical to your success.