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Teacher Preparation


The Patton College has a strong tradition of being a leader in innovation in teacher education. We have offered teacher candidates at Ohio University substantive field experiences ­at our laboratory school ­since 1925 and through our public school partnerships­ for over 30 years.

Our accrediting body, the ­National Council of Accreditation for Teacher Education, has recommended that clinical experiences be put at the center of teacher education. This is an affirmation of our belief that teaching is learned best through doing.  ­In response, we now require a yearlong clinical experience of all of our undergraduate and graduate teacher candidates.  Together with our school partners we are engaged in continuously improving our teacher candidates' clinical experiences at the undergraduate and graduate level.  Today we offer an intensive clinical model for teacher preparation. 


Frans Doppen, Chair, Teacher Education

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Renée A. Middleton, Dean, The Patton College of Education


The Clinical Model Through the Lens of the CARE Program

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Teacher Intern Seminar


Part One- Introduction, Handbook, and Video Clips

Part Two- Submitting edTPA, Resources, and Lesson Plan Template


Unit-Wide Meeting Videos


In the fall of 2013, The Patton College hosted a unit-wide meeting to discuss the importance of full implementation of the clinically-based teacher educator preparation initiatives at Ohio University. To view the videos of the session, please click on the links below.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Clinical Experiences

Reflection of Current Initiatives

Clinical Curriculum and Theory