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 is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
- 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.
Bluffton University provides educator preparation programs at the baccalaureate and master's degree level that are approved by the Ohio Department of Higher education and include a minimum of 12 weeks of full-time pre-service clinical experience.
You will apply for admission to the Educator Preparation Programs in EDU 200 Introduction to Teaching, taken during your first or second semester on campus. Additional information about Bluffton's Educator Preparation Programs is available in the Educator Preparation handbook.
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
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, MIDDLE CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, ADOLESCENT/YOUNG ADULT EDUCATION (Integrated language arts, Integrated mathematics; Integrated social studies), MULTI-AGE (Music, Visual arts), INTERVENTION SPECIALIST, CHILD DEVELOPMENT, TESOL ENDORSEMENT and MINORS (Education studies, Special education.)
Early childhood education (Pre-K to grade 3)
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
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YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO SELECT AT LEAST TWO AREAS OF CONCENTRATION.
You may earn a middle childhood generalist endorsement by completing all four 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
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ADOLESCENT/YOUNG ADULT (AYA)
AGES 12-21 AND GRADES 7-12
John Parent, a senior English major with a concentration on adolescent/young adult education, is not only a full-time student at Bluffton but also a husband, a father of seven, a full-time regional sports editor and currently the active mayor of Delphos.
“It’s a teacher’s job, not only to prepare students for learning the material, but prepare students for life after high school and how to be successful adults no matter what they’re going into.”
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AGES 3-21, GRADES PRE-K THROUGH 12
Students may choose a teaching licensure program in specific areas, which permits teaching across a broader age range in either music or visual arts.
Multi-age licensure programs are offered in:
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MILD TO MODERATE EDUCATIONAL NEEDS (AGES 5-21, GRADES K-12)
Students prepare to teach in the area of special education by completing course requirements for the intervention specialist major. This program provide 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
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Bluffton offers a major in child development. Highly motivated students may complete this major in 3 years. >>> more info
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. While the major does not lead to licensure, one possibility would be to add a minor in business administration to learn to manage a small business. >>>occupational outlook
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- Major in child development
Students with majors outside the education department may minor in education studies or special education.
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- EDUCATION STUDIES
For students who plan to work in settings where there are educational opportunities (e.g. training, tutoring, program development, religious education, etc.)
>>> 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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Want to learn more about Bluffton?
Bluffton is different in that you get hands-on experience (also called field experience) in a classroom beginning as early as your first year in the educator preparation program.
Student Teaching in Chicago
Bluffton partners with the Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture to offer student teaching opportunities in Chicago, Ill. The program also fulfills Bluffton's cross cultural requirement.
On April 30, 2018, the Accreditation Council of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) granted the Bluffton University Education Department Accreditation at the initial-licensure level with no areas for improvement (AFIs). Status is effective Spring 2018 to Spring 2025.