Welcome to the Office of Educator Preparation (OEP) at The Ohio State University. Our primary mission is to help monitor and support the university's Educator Preparation Programs that lead to a PK-12 state license in teaching, administration, or pupil services.
Our office assists in collecting, organizing, and analyzing data about various key program elements such as: admissions, content, rubrics, student teaching experiences, field placements and candidate/intern performances. Through the monitoring of this data, the OEP ensures that state, federal, and program-specific standards are met to maintain state and federal accreditation status.
The Teacher Education programs at Ohio State were accredited nationally by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) in 2015. Our next accreditation visit is scheduled for fall 2018 by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CEAP). Additionally, The Ohio State University Teacher Education programs are fully approved by Ohio Department of Education and their respective Specialized Professional Associations (SPAs).
The main functions of the Office of Educator Preparation are:
- Accreditation*: Our office develops numerous reports for state, federal, organizations such as AACTE (American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education), and accreditation bodies.
- Assessment: Our office assists Educator Preparation Programs in collecting, organizing and analyzing data about program admissions/transition gates, course content and rubrics (a set of criteria and standards typically linked to learning objectives), student teaching experiences, field placements and candidate/intern critical performances such as edTPA and Ohio Assessments for Educators, to continue to improve educator outcomes.
- Field Placement: The Office of Educator Preparation acts as the liaison between the university and area schools/school systems and coordinates placements for field experiences. We arrange several thousand placements yearly in over 500 schools.
- Licensure: The Office of Educator Preparation prepares individuals for careers in the PK-12 system and recommends over 500 individuals each year for teaching, endorsement, administrator, and pupil services licenses.
- Professional Development: Supporting professional development of educators is an essential part of our relationships with districts, schools, administrators, pupil support personnel and teachers. We offer timely professional development courses to practicing educators and courses to teachers that may lead to an additional endorsement or licensure, such as TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages), or Reading. Autumn 2016 course offerings
*Accreditation is a review of our institution's educator preparation programs to determine that the education provided is of uniform and sound quality, and will ultimately produce high-quality teachers and principals. Being awarded accreditation ensures that we have been evaluated and have met predetermined standards of quality. Our accreditation is maintained by continued adherence to set criteria and academic standards.
Our vision is to serve as the Epicenter of Eminence for Educator Preparation (E³P).