Professional educational programs at College of the Ozarks are designed to help graduates be reflective decision-makers and effective teachers. This is approached through an integrated program of general, specialized and professional education combining theory and practice designed to help students gain knowledge, skills and attitudes essential for a successful teaching career. Each graduate of the education program will demonstrate satisfactory knowledge and understanding of: 1) significant content in the liberal arts core component of the program; 2) a variety of teaching methods and their application to the teaching-learning process; 3) a variety of evaluation techniques essential to effective assessment of student learning; 4) the profession of teaching as documented in current research; 5) the specialized areas of study; and 6) a strong Christ-like character dedicated to intellectual growth, hard work, and service to God and the education profession.
NOTE: Admission to the Teacher Education program and completion of 45 hours are required for enrollment in courses numbered 300 or above offered by the Education department except with special permission of the Director of Teacher Education.
Courses required for General Education in addition to the above requirements for Elementary with Early Childhood Concentration: 54 credit hours. If a BA degree is desired, two semesters of the same language must also be completed.
All Elementary and Secondary Majors should apply for admission to the Teacher Education program by the end of semester #3. Minimum standards for admission include: 1) Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 with minimum C-BASE scores of 265 on 3 of 5 sections, and two sections may be minimum scores of 235 OR minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 with minimum C-BASE scores of 235 on all sections; 2) 30 semester hours course work completed; 3) ACT score on file. Students must apply for permission to enroll in student teaching the semester preceding the student teaching semester. Minimum standards for permission to enroll include: 1) minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 with minimum 2.7 in major teaching field; 2) successful completion of teaching certification course requirements in one or more teaching fields; 3) minimum grade of “C–” in all professional education and major field courses required. Successful completion of Praxis is required prior to student teaching. College of the Ozarks Program and Missouri State Department of Education Certification Standards that are in effect at the time of program completion must be met in order to be recommended for teaching certification.
College of the Ozarks students who completed the professional educational programs for teacher certification had a 100% pass rate on the prescribed state licensure tests for 2010-2011.