Feb 22, 2019  
2017-2018 Catalog 
2017-2018 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Education

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The School of Education at Shawnee State University is dedicated to preparing highly skilled educators at the undergraduate level and supporting professional development of practicing professionals at the graduate level. Degree and professional licensure programs are available in teaching as well as non-teaching areas for undergraduate and graduate students.

The School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). 

Teacher Licensure Programs

The vision of teaching that guides the teacher education programs at Shawnee State University is to prepare “Learner-Centered Inquiring Professionals.” The teacher preparation programs require a strong foundation in an academic content or teaching area with the rigor of a professional credentialing program. This program prepares entry-level teachers and other professionals for the dynamic responsibilities of contemporary schools and agencies. Our program emphasizes lifelong learning in addition to the acquisition of specific skills and knowledge that are essential for any teacher.

The knowledge base for all of the SSU teacher education programs is defined as five constituent domains of teacher capacity, including: 1) general studies and discipline area; 2) the diverse learner and learning process; 3) learning contexts and environments; 4) effective teaching strategies; and 5) professional development.

The Teacher Education program provides a well-articulated arrangement of field and lab experiences designed to screen students for desired teacher qualities, provide a wide range of classroom experiences, and result in documentation of individual skills and experience through a professional portfolio. The teacher education program culminates in a student teaching experience that evaluates professional competence and potential.

All of the licensure programs lead to a greater mastery of a teaching or professional specialization, an increased understanding of the liberal arts perspective, a research-based professional education core, and a greater sense of the need to contribute one’s abilities to the present community through service and to future communities through students’ lives.

Programs and Licensure offered by the School of Education

Bachelor of Science in Education with Licensure in:

     Early Childhood (Grades PreK-3)
     Early Childhood Intervention Specialist (Grades PreK-3)
     Middle Childhood (Grades 4-9)
     Multi-Age Intervention Specialst (Grades K-12)

Education Studies (BSE) Non-Licensure in:

     Early Childhood Studies
     Reading and English Education Studies
     Professional and Related Studies

Adolescent to Young Adult (Grades 7-12) Licensure in conjunction with departments in the College of Arts and Sciences:

     Bachelor of Arts in English/Humanities
          Integrated Language Arts
     Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences
          Integrated Social Studies
     Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences
          Integrated Mathematics
     Bachelor of Science in Natural Science
          Earth Science
          Integrated Science
          Life Science
          Physical Science

Multi-Age Visual Arts Licensure (PreK-12) in conjunction with Shawnee State University’s:

     Bachleor of Fine Arts


Minor/Certificate (Non-Teaching)

     Deaf Studies


Master of Education

     Curriculum and Instruction
     Intervention Specialist (K-12) Mild/Moderate with Licensure
    Teacher Leader (Endorsement)

School of Education

All of the licensure programs lead to a greater mastery of a teaching or professional specialization, an increased understanding of the liberal arts perspective, a research-based professional education core, and a greater sense of the need to contribute one’s abilities to the present community through service and to future communities through students’ lives.

For More Information:

Cheryl Irish, Ed.D., Director, School of Education
Phone: 740.351.3002
Kassy Bryant, Academic Administrative Assistant II
Phone: 740.351.3451

School of Education
Shawnee State University, 940 2nd Street
Education Building, 945 4th Street
Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
Fax:  740.351.3603

The Office of Preprofessional Services

The Office of Preprofessional Services provides assistance in the following areas to current and potential education students of Shawnee State University:

  • TK20 Assessment System
  • Student Recruitment
  • Field Experiences Placement
  • Student Teaching Placement
  • Graduate Follow-up
  • Transfer Credit Review
  • Program Admissions
  • Examination Registration Information
  • Licensure 

For More Contact Information:

          Timothy Davis, M. Ed., Clinical and Field Experience Coordinator
          E-mail: tdavis@shawnee.edu
          Phone: 740.351.3297

Marcia Tackett, B.A., PreProfessional Services Representative
Phone: 740.351.3571
Amber Hall, Student Information System, Reporting & Assessment Specialist
Phone: 740.351.3571

School of Education/Preprofessional Services 
Shawnee State University, 940 2nd Street
Education Building, 945 4th Street
Portsmouth, Ohio 45662

Fax:     740.351.3603

The Dr. Miller & Genevieve Toombs Children’s Learning Center at Shawnee State University (CLC)

The CLC is a preschool which serves children who are three, four, or five years old. It is operated in conjunction with the School of Education and is located on the campus of Shawnee State University. In addition to providing preschool and extended care services, the CLC functions as a laboratory school for the University’s early childhood licensure programs.

For More Information:

Amanda Hedrick, M.Ed., Director
Phone: 740.351.3188

Carol Sexton, Secretary
Phone: 740.351.3252

Children’s Learning Center
Shawnee State University
940 Second Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662-4344

Fax:     740.351.3184

Undergraduate Teacher Education Program Information

Eligibility Criteria for Level 1:  Selective Admissions and Retention

All programs offered by the School of Education are by selective admission and retention. The OAE examinations of reading, writing, and mathematics with currently mandated test requirement scores are required for registration for all education courses numbered 2000 and higher. A combination of ACT scores, CASE scores and/or grades from specific courses may be used to meet the entrance requirements.

Admission to Teacher Education: To be considered for admission to teacher education, a student must complete the following criteria:

  • Satisfactory completion of at least 24 credit hours of university/college coursework
  • Qualifying scores on currently mandated examinations.
  • 2.75 overall GPA
  • Completion of the following courses with a grade of “C” or higher.  This section cannot be exchanged for Basic Competency Skills* listed below.
    • ENGL 1101 or 1102
    • ENGL 1105
    • MATH1100/GEP Quantitative Reasoning course
    • PSYC 1101
    • EDUC 1115
  • Satisfactory evaluations for field experiences in EDUC 1115
  • Completed electronic application including electronic signature on statement of good moral character
  • Successful Federal and State background clearances (Early Childhood and Early Childhood Intervention Specialist licensure students must complete health packet and reference forms.)

Students receiving admission to teacher education are eligible to register for education courses as they meet necessary prerequisites and Level Admission Requirements.

Special Note:

Admission to teacher education does not guarantee admission to a licensure program, student teaching, or recommendation for teacher licensure. Please consult the Teacher Education Handbook online at education@shawnee.edu or a faculty advisor for more information. The Teacher Education Handbook has detailed requirements for admission and retention.

Basic Competency Skills*

Applicants may qualify via a combination of scores/grades (e.g., ACT English, ACT Reading, and a grade of B in MATH 1100).  ACT, Core Academics Skills Evaluation, and grades from specific courses in the GEP may be combined to meet this threshould.   Students must complete the current examination and requirements for admission to the Teacher Education prior to enrolling in any teacher education course. Currently mandated examinations and scores are required for advancement in the program.

  • English/Reading
    • ACT score in English of 18 or higher
    • Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE) score in Writing of 162 or higher
    • Grade of B or higher in ENGL1101/1102 AND ENGL1105
  • Reading
    • ACT score in Reading of 21 or higher
    • Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE) score in Reading of 156 or higher
    • Grade of B or higher in ENGL1101/1102 AND ENGL1105
  • Math
    • ACT score in Math of 22 or higher
    • Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE) score in Math of 150 or higher
    • Grade of B or higher in GEP Math

Transfer, Postbaccalaureate, SSU Graduate Policy

Transfer students should review this catalog for transfer credit information. A grade of “C” or higher is required for all transfer credit. No exceptions will be made for any student entering a teacher preparation program. Grades earned at the student’s previous institution will be used in determining program GPA requirements.

Postbaccalaureate students who graduated from an accredited institution with an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher in an appropriate content area may register for licensure only. The programs leading to adolescent to young adult licensure are best suited for postbaccalaureate students. Currently mandated tests must be passed prior to admission as a licensure only student. Any deficient areas must be met prior to recommendation for licensure. All applicable GPA and minimum grade requirements apply. Students registering for the licensure only option do not earn a degree from Shawnee State University; all coursework applies only to licensure requirements regardless of credit hours earned. A postbaccalaureate student who feels s/he may be eligible to earn the bachelor’s degree may have his/her program reviewed and credit transferred into a degree program.

SSU graduates who have not begun the teacher preparation program are considered postbaccalaureate students and are required to meet the same guidelines listed previously.

Students who began their professional preparation at Shawnee State as undergraduates must meet the applicable undergraduate program requirements.

Alternative Pathways to Teaching

The Alternative Resident Education Licensure process is initiated by the applicant by contacting the Ohio Department of Education at 1-877-644-6338 or 888-886-0181 (TTY). Shawnee State University supports the State of Ohio’s alternative pathways to teaching programs by providing coursework as required by law. SSU requires an application and information to be submitted by candidates for this option. Some required courses are offered on a limited basis and restrictions do apply. Contact the School of Education for additional information.


Graduate Degree Admission Requirements

Please visit the Graduate Center section of this catalog for more information about admission to Graduate level programs.

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