Delaware, Ohio

Ohio Wesleyan University

Undergraduate Elementary, Traditional

Suggested citation:
National Council on Teacher Quality. (2020). Ohio Wesleyan University Undergraduate Elementary. Teacher Prep Review. [Data set].
Retrieved from: https://www.nctq.org/review/view/Ohio-Wesleyan-University-OH-1

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Knowledge
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Comments on analysis

Courses reviewed: EDUC 252, EDUC 253, EDUC 321, and EDUC 352

The research-based content proven to be necessary for teaching all children to read should be clearly evident in course materials such as lecture topics, assignments and textbooks. All of a program's required reading courses — not just some courses — should impart what is necessary to teach reading.

The program partly meets the standard because its coursework covers three of the five of the components of effective reading instruction:

  • Phonics
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension Strategies
but does not address:
  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Fluency

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Elementary Mathematics
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Students cannot excel in mathematics without skillful instruction in the earliest years of school. Teacher candidates generally require three semesters of coursework, complemented by adequate field practice, to progress from a procedural to a conceptual understanding of the essential mathematics topics taught in the elementary grades.

Courses reviewed: EDUC 322, and EDUC 323

Through a review of the coursework noted above, the program was found to require too few SCHs of content-focused coursework for teacher candidates to develop a comprehensive understanding of elementary mathematics.

Next Steps
To improve under this standard, require teacher candidates to complete at least four SCH of coursework focused on developing their conceptual understanding of numbers & operations, algebra, geometry, and data analysis & probability.

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Comments on analysis

Because they teach all subjects, elementary teacher candidates need to have a solid grasp of literature and composition, American and world history, geography and science. Teacher candidates should also develop some expertise outside of their professional studies, not only to enrich their own academic experience, but also to serve as a fallback major in the event that the student teaching experience is unsuccessful.

Requirements established by the program and/or the institution in which it is located ensure that all elementary certification candidates must take relevant classes in the checked topics below.

Literature & Composition
 ✗ World literature
Because of the range of course options permitted, all elementary teacher candidates are not required to take the equivalent of a three semester credit hour general education course that covers, at a minimum but not exclusively, both the major literary genres and the significant works and movements of Western literature, beginning with ancient Greek and/or Roman sources.
 ✗ American literature
Because of the range of course options permitted, all elementary teacher candidates are not required to take the equivalent of a three semester credit hour general education course that covers major authors and themes in American literature from roughly the colonial period to the modern era.
 ✗ Writing, grammar and composition
Consider revising required coursework in Writing, grammar and composition so that it addresses composition, in particular the writing of expository, argumentative, descriptive, and narrative essays.
 ✗ Children's literature
Consider revising required coursework in Children's literature so that it provides an introduction to major authors, works and forms of children's literature and includes some examination of children's literature as an historical phenomenon.
History & Geography
 ✗ Early American history
Because of the range of course options permitted, all elementary teacher candidates are not required to take the equivalent of a three semester credit hour general education course that focuses on U.S. history from the age of discovery or colonial period or founding of the republic to the Civil War or Reconstruction.
 ✗ Modern American history or Government
Because of the range of course options permitted, all elementary teacher candidates are not required to take the equivalent of a three semester credit hour general education course that focuses on US history from the Civil War or Reconstruction to the modern period (beginning anywhere from 1865 to 1900 and concluding near the present) or on the constitutional underpinnings, the specific branches, and state and national features of our democracy.
 ✗ World history—ancient
 ✗ World history—modern
 ✗ Geography
Science
 ✗ Biology
Because of the range of course options permitted, all elementary teacher candidates are not required to take the equivalent of a three semester credit hour general education course that covers biology and matter related to biological processes, including topics such as cellular structures and dynamics, genetics, taxonomy, evolution, plant and animal physiology, developmental biology, and, ecology. Cellular and molecular biology should be more prominently featured than ecology and/or evolution.
 ✗ Chemistry
 ✗ Physics
Because of the range of course options permitted, all elementary teacher candidates are not required to take the equivalent of a three semester credit hour general education course that falls into one of these broad categories.

Physics: an introductory course covering motion, energy, conservation laws, gravity, phase changes, thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, sound, light, and wave dynamics.

Physical Science: an introduction to physical science which features physics prominently.

Earth Science: an introductory course that covers one or more of geology, climatology, astronomy, and oceanography.
 ✗ Earth science

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