Centers and Offices
Formerly known as the Center for Professional Development Schools, the Center for Clinical Practice in Education has a mission of positively impacting P-12 student learning. Teacher Candidates seeking licensure in Early Childhood, Middle Childhood, Adolescent-to-Young Adult, and Intervention Specialist programs receive in-depth clinical preparation in our PDS Schools. Currently, 12 active partnerships are instrumental in completing the Center's mission and purpose while providing a space for Teacher Candidates to have a clinical experience. Partnerships span across six local school districts, involving Elementary, Middle, Junior High, and High School buildings.
The Child Development Center at Ohio University opened in September 1972. It is the early childhood laboratory within the Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education. As one of the only centers in the area that serves children ages six weeks to five years, we serve as a model for best practices in Southeastern Ohio. We believe that all children and parents have the potential to be an integral part of our community.
The Patton College of Education's Clinical Model of Teacher Preparation promotes substantive opportunities for clinical practice in Pre-K-12 settings. Together with our school partners, Clinical Experiences engages in a community-fostered approach to place teacher candidates in educational settings that benefit all stakeholders through these supported partnerships.
Ohio University College Bound, located in The Patton College of Education, provides Athens and Vinton County high school students who are potential first-generation college students with readiness skills and support services that cultivate resilience, confidence, and preparation for a healthy and successful transition to a postsecondary institution upon high school graduation. College Bound is designed to provide academic support as well as personal and cognitive development. Students receive assistance in preparing for the ACT/SAT, college applications, financial aid, and many more areas regarding academic and personal success.
CORAS is an organization of 110 school districts and other educational institutions in the 32-county region of Ohio designated as Appalachia. School districts in neighboring counties, institutions of higher education and related organizations may become members of the Coalition. CORAS is under the governance structure of a Regional Council of Governments and is funded through membership dues and support from the Ohio University Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education.
The Curriculum Technology Center (CTC) provides technology services to all faculty, staff, and students in The Patton College. We provide expertise in online learning which includes design, implementation, and troubleshooting in Blackboard and other online learning platforms. Group project study rooms in McCracken Hall can also be reserved through the CTC as well as equipment such as projectors, cameras, and microphones. We have a computer lab with 20 computers, a laptop cart, iPad cart, statistics lab, gaming center, and SmartBoards for students to use, as well as classroom reservations.
The George E. Hill Center for Counseling and Research is a training facility for Master's and doctoral students in The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education's Counselor Education programs. The primary mission of the Center is to train Master's- and doctoral-level students in counselor education programs. A secondary purpose includes providing counseling and human development services to area residents. The third mission of the Center is to conduct counseling-related research.
The Institute for Democracy in Education (IDE) generates empirical evidence to inform K-12 educational policies and interventions supporting historically marginalized and underserved student populations, their families, and their communities. In addition, the Institute provides technical assistance to educators (e.g., assistance with translating research to practice, support for engaging in action research, and facilitation of work developing linkages between and among education and community groups) with the intent of promoting practices that are appropriately responsive to the challenges and strengths of resident populations.
Ohio University's The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education, in collaboration with other colleges within the University, has developed programs to prepare educators for licensure in the state of Ohio.
The Robert L. Morton Professorship of Mathematics Education is an endowed chair established by Dr. Morton, an Ohio University alumnus who returned after doctoral studies elsewhere to have a long and illustrious career at the university. The Advanced Quantitative Reasoning (AQR) project is creating an innovative post-Algebra II alternative to Pre-calculus for students who have completed Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II, or Integrated High School Mathematics I, II, and III. Advanced Teacher Capacity offers professional development in mathematics, statistics, and modeling for mathematics teachers in Grades 9-12 to prepare them for four years of high school mathematics for all students.
OCEMS is committed to strengthening collaboration, coordination, and communication among Patton College of Education faculty, OU faculty in other colleges, PreK-16 educators and administrators in the SouthEast Ohio region and beyond, and other important stakeholders including faculty at other institutions. This work supports the Patton College of Education and Ohio University missions.
Dr. Koestler, the director, brings expertise and focus on issues of diversity, equity, and justice in teaching and teacher education, in early childhood education, elementary education, teacher education, and mathematics education. Dr. Koestler is a former K-8 public school teacher and has taught in culturally, linguistically, economically diverse schools located in rural, suburban, and urban communities. Dr. Koestler had been both a classroom teacher (grades 2, 4, 5, and 8) and has also worked as a mathematics coach. For over a decade Dr. Koestler has been a university-based teacher educator at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Arizona, and now at Ohio University as Director of OCEMS.
The Stevens Literacy Center is engaged in community outreach in numerous, diverse relationships with local schools, businesses, and other community agencies. The Center focuses on improving lives by researching, developing, and promoting literacy across the lifespan. The professional staff seeks and secures external funds to design and implement applied research projects that create solutions for issues of low-level literacy and language development. The Stevens Literacy Center is the parent organization for the Helen M. Robinson Center for Reading (a community tutoring center) and numerous state and national special projects.
Advisors in The Patton College of Education apply the theory of Appreciative Advising when working with students. This theory utilizes concepts to identify students’ personal and academic strengths to empower them to identify, optimize, and strive for excellence.