The School of Education at University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College holds a shared vision for its program, candidates and community. The University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College Bunce School of Education provides a challenging environment in which teacher candidates develop into professional individuals and are sensitive to Appalachian values. Our institution offers access to a professional career through a unique community college/private university configuration. An example of Rio Grande’s unique nature is that through a particular program alignment, teacher candidates at University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College may opt for some combination of a two, plus two, plus two program which will take them almost seamlessly from a two-year Associate’s Degree to a four year Bachelor’ Degree and into a two year Master’s program. This allows the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College to open “Windows to the Future” for our candidates at all degree and licensure levels.
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Teacher Education Program
The Teacher Education Program includes all programs within the School of Education that lead to teacher licensure. These programs are: Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education (age 3-grade 3), Early Childhood (age 3grade 3) and Intervention Specialist (K-12), Middle Childhood, Adolescent to Young Adult, Multi-Age, Early Childhood Associate, and Career-Technical. The Career-Technical Licensure program is available for individuals with specialized work experience who are teaching within a Career-Technical school setting.
Teacher Education Conceptual Framework
The Bunce School of Education at the University of Rio Grande (URG) recognizes the core values of our Appalachian culture, especially ties to community and place and connection to family. URG is a teaching and service institution whose primary focus is to provide educational opportunities and open “The Windows to the Future” for students of Appalachia in Southeast Ohio. This purpose is in alignment with the mission of the institution, historically and today.
The Bunce School of Education faculty provide the parameter for their conceptual framework through the theme of “Windows to the Future” which is accomplished through the Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession. Three main organizers dominate the framework: the Focus of Teaching and Learning, the Conditions for Teaching, and Teaching as a Profession.
Masters of Education
Bachelor of Science in the licensure areas of
Associate Degree Programs
Other Academic Opportunities
The student will demonstrate:
- A knowledge base in their area of licensure
- A knowledge base of teaching principles and practices
- A depth of field experiences involving diverse public school populations
- Knowledge of incorporating Reading into instructional practice
The University of Rio Grande is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). The Teacher Education unit has been approved by the Ohio Department of Education and accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. Additionally, some licensure areas are nationally recognized by their respective Specialized Professional Association; these are noted within each licensure area.
Admission to the Teacher Education Program
The application for admission to the Teacher Education Program will be completed during the student’s enrollment in EDU 20403 Planning for Instruction. Enrollment in upper level (30000-40000) education (EDU) courses is only allowed upon satisfaction of the following standards:
|3.0 GPA in 3 classes||ENG 11103, 11203, and COM 11103|
|Overall 2.5 GPA||In 27 General Education hours|
|ACT score of 19||For score of 17 or 18, see the Education Dept. Chair|
|Submit 2 essays||“The URG Conceptual Framework” and “My Philosophy of Education”||Completed during EDU 20403 and EDU 10303|
|Sign a statement of Good Moral Character||as defined in Section 3319.30 of the Ohio Revised Code|
|A clear background check||Apply through the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI)||Available at the URG Bookstore|
|Current, clear tuberculosis test (TB)||Test is available through URG Health Services|
|Pass an interview||Satisfactory rating by panel of EDU faculty|
Measures of Academic Aptitude and Achievement
The following methods are used as measures of academic aptitude and achievement for selection and diagnosis of strengths and needs of potential teacher education candidates:
1. GPA (GPA): GPAs will be calculated by the Chair of the School of Education by using institutional transcripts. A 3.0 GPA is required in communication courses (Comp I, Comp II and Speech), and an overall GPA of 2.5 in at least twenty-seven (27) semester hours of the general education coursework.
2. ACT: A composite score of at least 19 on the ACT is required. All students who desire consideration for acceptance into Teacher Education must take the ACT or have a Bachelor Degree. There is no limit to the number of times the student may take the ACT.
3. Utilization of Program Tests: The Praxis I Test is used to provide a standardized measure of knowledge and skills in the areas of reading, mathematics, and writing which are considered essential for successful completion of the Teacher Education Program. School of Education requirements may be adjusted periodically to comply with changing state requirements. A candidate may repeat any part of the test that the candidate did not pass. A scheduled consultation with the Head of Teacher Education is required if the candidate does not pass all areas of the Praxis I Test in two attempts. A score of 21 or greater on the ACT or a Bachelor’s Degree will allow the student to circumvent Praxis I.
4. Essays: Candidates must submit two essays to be reviewed by faculty: “The Conceptual Framework,” and “My Philosophy of Education.” The essays will be reviewed by faculty. If not approved by faculty, the candidate must resubmit the essay or essays.
5. Moral Character Statement: Candidates must sign a statement of Good Moral Character as defined in Section 3319.30 of the Ohio Revised Code. This statement alerts the candidate to the fact that teachers must be of good moral character. Before a student receives admission to the School of Education or a licensure in teacher education, the student must submit fingerprints for a criminal background check. No person may receive a teacher license that does not have a clear BCI & FBI Check. All questions regarding convictions need to be addressed to the Office of Professional Conduct at the Ohio Department of Education.
6. Candidates enrolled in any courses with field experience must complete the following: The candidate must have a background check (BCI) with clear results. Clearance of BCI is required for Ohio Dept. of Education licensure, but does not guarantee employment clearance. BCI check is available through the Campus Bookstore.
7. Candidates must have a current, negative TB test. TB tests are available through Health Services.