“Teachers need to have patience, be kind and need to be passionate about what they do. They need to love seeing children learn,” said Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education Qiuping Cao. “They need to have a passion to make a difference in the lives of young children.”
“Our teacher candidates really want to make a difference for kids,” said Associate Professor of Education Kaye Martin. “That is what sets our programs apart.”
The bachelor’s degree in Middle Childhood Education prepares students to teach in grades 4 through 9.
“Students can select what they prefer to teach from four subject areas. They can choose from math, science, social studies and language arts,” said Martin. “Students can choose any two of those four. They specialize in those areas and take a number of courses in each.”
Martin said more and more students are becoming interested in teaching math and science. She also said more men are entering the teaching profession.
“We still have more women in the total program. But, the number of men is really increasing. We have a large number of men across all the programs.”
The bachelor’s degree program in Early Childhood Education is preparing students to teach children from the ages of 0 to 8. Cao said the program focuses on learning development. Students spend many hours in the classroom environment with cooperating teachers.
“Students start with foundation courses like childhood development and gradually they decide if this age group is right for them,” said Cao.
The associate’s degree in Deaf Studies and Interpreting prepares students for entry level jobs interpreting for deaf students in the K – 12 realm.
“More than 50% of deaf children now are educated in K – 12 environments, so the interpreters are needed in the schools,” said Assistant Professor Becky Brooks. “They get a variety of experience working in real-world settings with professional working interpreters as mentors in the program.”
Students pursuing an associate’s degree in Child Development Technology are being prepared to work in the pre-school environment. They can easily move into the bachelor’s degree program in Early Childhood Education if they choose.
The education programs at Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington were featured on this month’s edition of Fairfield Today at OUL. The program airs weekly on Time Warner Cable Channel 9 in Lancaster.