Pennington at symposium

Ohio University Southern Dean Nicole Pennington addresses students majoring in education at the recent Teacher Education Symposium.

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Teacher Education Symposium at Southern Campus highlights preparedness


Education majors at Ohio University Southern Campus came together for a Teacher Education Symposium that provided valuable information about such topics as licensure guidelines, teacher preparedness, field assignments, and the national Teacher Performance Assessment that is required throughout Ohio. The single-day event also created a sense of eagerness and excitement among the education students for the upcoming academic year, as key faculty members offered words of encouragement and motivation to the crowd of aspiring teachers.  

Sue Nichols, assistant professor in middle childhood education, was the first to greet the students. “Welcome everyone! You have chosen one of the most meaningful career paths. Teachers make a difference in so many ways. We are so glad that you are here and hope today will give you the information and tools you need to be successful this academic year and beyond,” Nichols said.

For Skyler Miller, a senior transfer student majoring in early childhood education, the message was well received and served as a backdrop for a day well spent. “The other students made me happy to start this school year. I was so excited to see all of my education friends and get to catch up with them. I think the symposium is a great way to make sure all the education majors are up-to-date with everything that is going on,” she said.

Students who attended had the opportunity to meet their professors and discuss their future course work. Shortly before the students were divided into groups for breakout sessions, the newly appointed dean of the Southern Campus, Dr. Nicole Pennington, offered some words of encouragement. “We are very proud of you. You represent the best that Ohio University has to offer our community in helping to shape the minds and character of young people. A great teacher never stops learning, so embrace your experiences at Ohio University Southern and consider what is yet to come,” she said.

During the group sessions, students discussed clinical hours, student teaching and program requirements, all with the reoccurring theme of professionalism. Towards the end of the symposium, students completed physicals and TB tests, and background checks. All are required for the education program.

“Ohio University Southern is a completely different atmosphere. The professors truly care about their students and want us to be successful,” added Miller.