M.Ed. Early Childhood Education PK-3 (ECE)
If you have a Bachelor’s degree and have always wanted to teach, you now have the opportunity to do so through the Antioch University Midwest Professional Preparation Program for Teacher Licensure. Designed for adults with busy schedules, this graduate professional program provides you with the coursework and preparation required for an Ohio Resident Educator License.
Through this unique learning experience, and consistent with Antioch’s philosophy of the development of the whole person, you will be encouraged to develop further your intellectual, social, emotional and ethical potential, thus preparing you for the rigors of teaching in today’s schools. Antioch University Midwest believes that all teachers who graduate from the Teacher Licensure programs must be able to connect with diverse classrooms, and be creative, competent, and compassionate leaders in the 21st Century.
In order to attain these goals, Antioch University Midwest relies heavily on the integration of experience and theory. Through a focus on learning, teaching, curriculum, and assessment from a student-centered perspective, you are prepared to guide students in the development of the skills and knowledge needed in our rapidly changing world. Once you have completed the program, our hope is that you will be a highly skilled teacher able to integrate theory and practice in today’s diverse classrooms.
- An accelerated, prescribed program sequence for candidates to follow
- A cohort model that functions to provide ongoing support throughout the program
- Field observation hours attached to courses (10-15 hours per course)
- Evening classes so that candidates may continue to work
Cohort Group Model
You will enter as a member of a group and progress together through the program. This provides a structure for ongoing support and unique exchange within the learning experience.
Consistent with the best practices in education, you will learn through classes conducted in a seminar format and with course work organized in modules. Courses integrate varied learning styles and multiple intelligences.
Technology Oriented to the Educator
You will use Internet technologies to learn, teach, and facilitate networking and communication with your cohort members and your faculty.
Faculty members have extensive experience in K-12 classrooms and higher education. These experiences make the faculty uniquely qualified to combine theory with the reality of practice and provide you with a rich and highly applicable learning experience.
Student Centered, Non-Graded Alternative Evaluation
Your progress is evaluated based on predetermined competencies that must be met in order to receive course credit. In addition, you will produce portfolios that promote self-reflection and serve as valuable ongoing resources as you enter the teaching profession.
Only evaluations equivalent to the traditional letter grades of A” or B” will receive credit for the course. Students who require letter grades for tuition reimbursement or employer approval are asked to complete a letter grade equivalency form available from the program office.
All students in the Professional Preparation Program for Teacher Licensure, regardless of the level or area of concentration they wish to teach, must meet the following requirements in order to be recommended for an Ohio Resident Educator License:
- Complete and document the required hours of supplemental learning activities.
- Complete a minimum of 12 weeks of full-time clinical work in an Antioch University Midwest approved setting.
- Undergo Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI & I) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
- Mandatory fingerprinting (must have a clear record and be current for supplemental learning activities and license submission-reports are valid for one year). These background checks must be completed at Antioch University Midwest and clear background checks must be returned to us before initial acceptance into the program will be processed.
- Pass Praxis II required tests at or above the minimum level established by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE).
- Successfully complete the Antioch University Midwest Professional Preparation for Teacher Licensure program coursework.
- Successfully complete courses that fulfill the State of Ohio content requirements for general education and/or specified teaching concentration(s).
- Pay all financial debts to Antioch University.
General Education Requirements
All students, regardless of license being sought, must complete the general education requirements. Typically, general education and content requirements will have been completed as a part of an undergraduate degree program.