Department of Teaching and Learning
Teaching and Learning in Ohio State’s College of Education and Human Ecology is the No. 1 place in Ohio preparing educators of tomorrow. Our innovative and nationally ranked programs equip students with the knowledge, skills and convictions to teach learners from all backgrounds and lead advances in education research.
Degrees and Program Options
A suite of English learning and proficiency programs for international students and non-native speakers of English.
A research-based, short-term early intervention program of one-to-one teaching for the lowest-achieving first graders.
A comprehensive school reform and professional development program training literacy coaches in schools to improve the reading, writing, and language skills of elementary and middle school children.
The International Data Evaluation Center (IDEC) is an ongoing research project of the Department of Teaching and Learning that processes evaluation research data for all Reading Recovery® programs in the United States.
A reading program that provides quality texts incorporating the elements proven to help young readers develop early proficiency and secure their literacy futures.
The First Education Experience Program (FEEP) is an Open Option Service Learning GE course that allows undergraduate and graduate students to explore education as a possible career path through real-world experiences and seminars.
“United Together: Envisioning a bold future”
We envision humanizing education contexts that are critical, inclusive and equitable, and that disrupt and decolonize systems of oppression, where all people are committed to working towards equity, anti-racism, and racial and linguistic justice.
The mission of the Department is to generate knowledge with communities and educators about effective practices for learning and teaching processes affecting people in diverse schools and environments, families, and communities through world‐class research, innovative teaching, and responsive service that addresses pressing educational problems both locally and globally. We are especially concerned about preparing researchers, educators, and teachers who understand and enact social justice for under-represented groups, for emergent bilingual students, and for children and youth from immigrants and refugee communities.
Accordingly, the major focus of the department is the preparation of students:
- To be well prepared in theory, evidence-based, and research-based practices in pedagogy.
- To develop the knowledge, pedagogical abilities, and dispositions within a strong social justice framework to effectively teach diverse learners in ways that are culturally relevant and sustaining.
- To become leaders in the field, helping to critique and re-conceptualize knowledge and pedagogy for academic content, critical inquiry and reflection, and learning processes.
Our mission and vision link directly to The Ohio State University’s as well as the College’s Vision, Mission, Values and Goals. The four core elements are critical components in terms of achieving the university’s goals:
- To provide unsurpassed, student-centered learning experience led by engaged world- class faculty and staff, and enhanced by a globally diverse student body;
- To create distinctive and internationally recognized contributions to the advancement of fundamental knowledge and scholarship and toward solutions of the world’s most pressing problems;
- To advance a culture of engagement and collaboration involving the exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of reciprocity with the citizens and institutions in Ohio, the nation, and the world;
- To be an affordable public university, recognized for financial sustainability, unparalleled management of human and physical resources, and operational efficiency and effectiveness.
These values guide our mission, strategies, goals, and daily work as we adhere to the democratic principles of equity and shared governance.