Education 6-12 Licensure
The secondary education licensure program is designed to produce teachers who have the knowledge, social competencies, methods, communication skills, and sensitivity to be effective in the school environment. Students complete methods courses, professional education courses, and field experiences and observations. They develop critical thinking skills through an analysis of educational history, philosophy and psychology; measurement and evaluation of learning; and classroom management. They gain awareness of cultural diversity and the social and political contexts of education. Elementary education majors must also demonstrate ability in liberal arts areas including mathematics, science, writing, communication, and the fine arts. The education major is based on state, regional, and national licensure criteria and testing competencies. The Ottawa University teacher education program is state approved in Kansas and is also accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
Secondary education licensure is not an academic major, but rather a required companion program to an academic major for students who wish to teach at the secondary level. Students must complete a major in a secondary subject area approved by the state as well as professional knowledge and secondary methods courses prior to the student teaching field experience. Prospective high school teachers learn to be sensitive to the unique needs, challenges and learning styles of a diverse adolescent student population.
Graduates of the secondary education licensure program are prepared to serve in a variety of school settings, both public and private.