The University of Toledo Judith Herb College of Education was honored with the 2014 Outstanding Field Experience Program designation by the Ohio Association of Teacher Educators.
UT received the honor for its one-year Licensure and Master’s Program.
The Licensure and Master’s Program is a graduate-level pre-service program designed to meet the needs of adults who already have degrees. It is a comprehensive graduate program where students earn a master’s degree in education and become licensed to teach in middle or secondary grades in the state of Ohio.
Students in the program have the opportunity to see the beginning of the school year and follow along with the teacher and classroom to the end of the academic year.
“It is a unique opportunity in that traditional pre-service programs include only one semester of student teaching. In our Licensure and Master’s Program, course work is integrated with the field throughout the program,” said Dr. Rebecca Schneider, UT professor of curriculum and instruction.
This award is for exemplary field experience programs that significantly contribute to the professional development of pre-service teachers.
“At both the state and national levels, field-based programs are considered to be the direction that teacher participation programs should be headed, and we are ahead of the curve,” said Dr. Virginia Keil, executive associate dean of the Judith Herb College of Education. “This program has been in place for four years, so we are truly leading the way.”