Bluffton University is one of just 147 providers approved under the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) teacher preparation standards.
Bluffton's graduate program in education provides an affordable and accessible experience with classes one day a week through Zoom Technology, or self-paced and fully on-line.
Through Bluffton's Educator Preparation Programs, you will be prepared to create communities of learning and respect in your classroom. Bluffton graduates are among the best qualified in the nation, as reflected in student rankings on the Ohio Educator Preparation Performance Report and in the reputation our graduates enjoy once they enter the teaching profession.
What's special about our programs?
- Bluffton's educator preparation program received full accredited with no areas for improvement by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation in 2018. (CAEP).
- Students gain experience in a classroom in a local school (field experience) in their first semester as an educator preparation candidate.
- The Lion and Lamb Peace Arts Center of Bluffton University provides peace and conflict resolution programs and resources for education students and public school teachers and students.
- A specially designed 3+1 program so you can earn a teaching license and a Masters of Arts in Education with reading endorsement in just four years.
- In addition to Educator Preparation Programs, Bluffton offers a Child Development major.
The traditional route to becoming a teacher in Ohio involves completing a bachelor's degree then obtaining a teaching license from the Ohio Department of Education. >>>occupational outlook
When Judy (Mull ‘63) Pierman sees a need, the recipient of the 2016 Lifetime Service alumni award seeks a solution. The need could be quality preschool education, or understanding English. What began as a volunteer position teaching literacy in the workplace, became a career with the Hispanic Human Resources Council.
“Our mission is to prepare children to go to school speaking English while maintaining their home language.” >>> Judy's story
You may also add an endorsements for pre-kindergarten special needs. The intervention specialist (K-12) major may be completed with the elementary education major in four years.
Explore the courses required for a
Complete the elementary education major in four years by following this guideline for course selection.
You must select at least two areas of concentration:
While many students choose to teach close to home, Nathan Otto '18, a middle childhood education major, decided to take the chance to experience not only what it’s like teaching in an urban environment but also living in one.
“I knew this was an opportunity I might not have again, and I wanted to get out of
the area and experience something totally new.”
>>> Nathan's story
Ages 12-21 and grades 7-12
After studying abroad in Guatemala for a semester, Jarod Siekman returned to Bluffton with a new understanding of numbers that crossed cultures and opened up ideas about mathematical concepts.
“I think there’s a lot of cool math ideas that you can teach students even if it doesn’t really apply to the curriculum. Even if it’s just to get them more excited and interested in math.” - Jarod’s story
Explore courses for
- AYA licensure in integrated language arts
- AYA licensure in integrated mathematics
- AYA licensure in integrated social studies
Follow a guideline for course selection to complete your degree in four years
Area elementary students are introduced to musical instruments by members of Bluffton's chapter of Ohio Collegiate Music Educators Association during the Instrument Petting Zoo.
Mild to moderate educational needs
Ages 5-21, Grades K-12
Prepare to teach in the area of special education by completing course requirements for the intervention specialist major. This program provided preparation to teach children in grades K-12 with mild/moderate special educational needs, including children with learning disabilities, developmental disabilities and emotional/behavioral disabilities, with emphasis on inclusive practice. >>>occupational outlook
A special education minor is offered for students who are interested in working with people with disabilities whether in their major field or as a service.
Did you know Bluffton offers a 3+1 program to help you complete a bachelors for intervention specialist and a Masters of Arts in Education with reading endorsement in just four years? Learn more!
Education majors taking Phonics at Bluffton can choose the Allen County Juvenile Detention Center for their site selection. Claire DeOrio '17 is one Bluffton student who volunteered at the detention center for three semesters.
“The Bluffton students are learning a lot about themselves, they’re learning about incarcerated youth, they’re learning about the reading process and they’re learning about the importance of relationships.” >>> Claire's story
The child development major provides opportunities to study young children in a variety of settings. Coursework includes developmental curriculum, preschool classrooms and nutrition and opportunities to gain experience in various infant/toddler/early childhood environments.
Students also gain knowledge about working with young children outside the traditional classroom setting, such as day care, Head Start and other child development centers.
Highly motivated students may complete this major in 3 years. >>> more info
Students with majors outside the education department may minor in education studies or special education.
- EDUCATION STUDIES
Completion of the Education Studies Minor fulfills requirements for the Alternate Pathway to Licensure's Intensive Pedagogical Program. This allows a person to teach for four years while completing the Professional Development Institute en route to professional licensure.
Students who plan to work in settings where there are educational opportunities (e.g. training, tutoring, program development, religious education, etc.) may also benefit from an education studies minor.
>>> course requirements
- SPECIAL EDUCATION
For students who are interested in working with people with disabilities whether in their major field or as a service.
>>> course requirements
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