Patton College of Education

Students who participate in a College of Education LC have a unique first-year experience, with increased opportunities to explore academic issues, make friends, participate in special out-of-class activities, and develop strong relationships with faculty and other education majors. Each community consists of about 25 students who enroll in three “linked” courses. You may also choose to live in the same residence hall with other members of your learning community.

Participation Requirements

The only requirement for you to be in a College of Education LC is that you be admitted to Ohio University as an incoming freshman in the College of Education.
Because enrollment is limited and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, interested students should submit applications as soon as possible. During Orientation in July and August, your Orientation academic adviser will review your LC assignment with you and assist you in building a complete and balanced schedule for your first quarter at Ohio University.

Learning Community Options

There will be several learning community options within the college.  Regardless of your major there is a learning community available for you that matches courses of your academic program.

For students in the Department of Recreation and Sport Pedagogy (Physical Education; Outdoor Recreation and Education; Recreation Management) and the Department of Human and Consumer Sciences Education (Restaurant, Hotel, and Tourism; Retail Merchandising and Product Development; Family and Consumer Sciences Education) the learning community will incorporate necessary classes for the major in addition to the Learning Community Seminar, UC 190. 

There will be learning communities for students interested in following a Teachers Education honors track, regardless of major.  For students interested in Middle Childhood Education, Special Education, Adolescent-Young Adult Education or Multi-Age Education Programs, you and the members of your LC will be pre-registered together in three required courses, for a total of 13 credits. One of these courses, Introduction to Teacher Education (EDTE 150), includes only the students in your Learning Community. This will provide you with unique opportunities to explore your academic discipline and assist you in adjusting to Ohio University. In this course, you will explore the purposes of schools in society and what it takes to be an effective teacher today.

For students interested in Early Childhood Education, you and your fellow community members will be pre-registered together in two courses for a total of 9 credit hours.  One of these courses will include only those students, like you, who are seeking admission to the Early Childhood program.

LC course enrollment is for fall quarter only. With assistance from your academic adviser, you will select a different set of courses for winter and spring quarters.