“The teacher education programs of Ottawa University have maintained a recognized standards-based and outcomes-motivated excellence throughout the University’s history,” says Amy Hogan, director of Kansas education programs. “The School of Education continues to be an innovator in creating and implementing state-of-the art programs which meet the always changing needs of a post-modern society.”
Committed to educating innovative, adaptable and involved professionals in mind, body and spirit, Ottawa University’s School of Education graduates promote holistic learning, global awareness and cultural competency as responsible contributors to a diverse, pluralistic world.
One emphasis within the School of Education is a “practitioner focus,” which is accomplished, in part, by utilizing service-learning opportunities, advisory councils that pair students with a wide range of practitioners, international and experiential learning opportunities, and an expanded student experience. Also stressed are “multiple competencies,” which, in addition to those gained through their practitioner opportunities, students develop through OU’s™ liberal arts curriculum, the Professional Development School Model (PDS), state-approved programs, and education symposia/workshops. Finally, the School of Education is committed to “serving the underserved.” By providing varying methods and opportunities for earning a degree, such as cohorts, day-evening- online courses and Weekend University, more students can become educators while maintaining their current life responsibilities. Graduates are also provided methods for identifying and serving the underserved in their own classrooms.
“Despite the recent decline of jobs in education, our graduates continue to rise to the top when openings become available,” says Hogan, “whether they be in Kansas, Missouri or Arizona school districts. Some have even ventured to teach in other countries.”
2009-10 Initiatives and Achievements
1. Appointed Amy Hogan for the position of Director of Kansas Education Programs; hired Dr. Paula Wolfe as the Director of Arizona Education Programs
2. Developed School of Education Strategic Plan
3. Developed Business Education, Music Education and the ESOL endorsement undergraduate programs, as well as the Educational Leadership graduate program
4. Expanded online academic programs
5. Organized the first faculty symposium for the School of Education
6. Initiated revisions of recreation and sports administration, special education, and early childhood education undergraduate programs
Education Programs Offered
at Ottawa University
Master of Arts Education Programs
Master of Arts in Education (MA in ED)
OU-Arizona and OU-Online
Bachelor of Arts Education Programs
Early Childhood Education
Professional Education Program (PEP)
Professional education courses are offered at Ottawa University’s Kansas City and Phoenix campuses, as well as online. However, students must receive approval from their professional development council before enrolling in PEP courses to determine if the courses will fulfill their school district’s professional education requirements.
All courses are offered for upper division/graduate level credit and can be used for professional development, certificate renewal and salary increments. Registration is now available online at https://pep.ottawa.edu/.
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