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Lake Erie College offers programs leading to licensure for early childhood education, adolescent/young adult education and special education: intervention specialist - mild to moderate. Education programs at Lake Erie College are based on a conceptual framework which embodies professionalism, knowledge, collaboration, reflection and a commitment to diversity and the development of all students. Programs are performance based with a focus on field and clinical experiences that provide teacher candidates with opportunities that allow them to develop into professional practitioners.

The programs are designed around the seven standards approved by the Ohio Department of Education and adopted by the Lake Erie College Education Department as indicators of student success.
Teacher candidates are expected to display dispositional behaviors that demonstrate a commitment to helping children grow and develop a love for learning and an expansive curiosity. Through a liberal arts foundation, teacher candidates acquire a broad-based repertoire of knowledge, critical thinking skills and dispositions they need to help their students become lifelong learners.

The State of Ohio has reciprocity with many other states. Although the specifics of teacher licensure vary from state to state, there is sufficient similarity so that Ohio licensure may satisfy even those states where there is no reciprocity agreement. Candidates are responsible for checking the licensure requirements of other states in which they wish to obtain licensure and for fulfilling the requirements within each state's guidelines.

Lake Erie College teacher candidates complete tests required for licensure in the upper quartile of the state with pass rates of 93-100%. To be recommended for licensure by Lake Erie College, students must pass the PRAXIS II tests required by the State of Ohio before they begin their student teaching experience. All educational programs are subject to review by the Ohio Department of Education and may require periodic adjustments. The College reserves the right to make changes to the teacher licensure programs as recommended by the State of Ohio.

Licensure for Degree Holders

A person who already holds a bachelor's degree may acquire a teaching license by completing the requirements for the desired license listed in the Teacher Education Handbook. Degree holders should provide transcripts of their college work to the Dean of the Education Department who will evaluate the transcripts against the license requirements and supply a written list of remaining coursework needed for licensure. In the event that the degree is more than seven years old or if the grade point average is lower than the Lake Erie College Education Department requirements, students may be asked to repeat some courses required for licensure. The professional courses are offered primarily in the daytime to provide opportunity for related field experiences. Therefore, it is necessary for license seekers to be available during the day. The length of time needed to complete licensure requirements will vary, depending upon the type of license desired and the number of courses remaining to be completed.

General Requirements for Admission in Education Program
Teacher candidates entering all education programs must have a 2.7 GPA in general education courses. Students are expected to earn a C or better in the following courses: College Algebra or Theory of Mathematics for Education I and II, General Psychology, Public Speaking and English. Complete details about the educational programs can be found in the Teacher Education Handbook which is given to new students in EDC 201 Foundations of Education. Admission to and retention in the education programs are selective and subject to criteria spelled out in the handbook. Transfer students must meet with the Associate Dean or an advisor to plan for admission to the program during their first semester on campus. All Education majors are required to maintain a 2.7 cumulative grade point average to graduate.
NOTE: Although student teaching is not a requirement for graduation, it is mandated for licensure in all areas. Because of the state requirements for licensure, Lake Erie College education students may sometimes complete more than the 128 minimum required credit hours.

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