Teach the Future
Department of Education
Join Otterbein’s community of educators who are passionate about teaching, innovating, and changing the future. Your instructors care about preparing teachers, and they will show you how to implement cutting-edge developmentally and culturally responsive teaching methods.
Your field experiences begin with your first class. Otterbein’s ideal location allows you to experience many different schools and classrooms.
Otterbein offers licensure programs in Primary Education (PreK-5), Middle Childhood Education (4-9), Adolescence to Young Adult (7-12), and PreK-12. Licensed teachers can add a license or endorsement or consider a Master of Arts in Education degree.
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Programs of Study in Education
Become an exceptional elementary school teacher. Otterbein’s program emphasizes literacy-reading and writing, as well as technology, science, and mathematics literacy aimed at maximizing every student’s potential. With a few extra classes, students can earn a dual P-5 Elementary/Special Education license.
Otterbein’s Middle Childhood (4-9) candidates learn to integrate content through a comprehensive middle childhood philosophy, preparing them to teach in their own classrooms from Day one. Middle Childhood teachers can teach two content areas from the following choices: Language Arts & Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies.
Interested in teaching adolescents and young adults? Complement your content area bachelor’s degree with a teaching license (grades 7-12). Learn how to integrate technology in your teaching and implement a variety of instructional strategies, assessments, and materials unique to teaching secondary and multi-age curriculum.
Intervention Specialists see the potential in every child. We will provide you with the knowledge, tools, and skills you need to meet the needs of every student. This license can be earned in two areas, “mild/moderate” or “moderate/intensive.”
Educational Studies is for those interested in education (as corporate trainers, museum docents, pre-professional preparation as school counselors or psychologists, etc.) but not as teachers. Students can major or minor in Educational Studies and explore education from diverse disciplinary perspectives with unique opportunities for internships outside of the classroom.
Students in the Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.) take coursework that develops musicianship skills and competencies in the field of education. This program leads to Music Multi-Age licensure and prepares the student for teaching instrumental and vocal music in the public and private schools, grades PreK-12.
Passionate about education? Otterbein offers non-degree licensure programs for students with a bachelor’s degree who want to become licensed teachers. Licensure programs include PreK-5 and PreK-5 Intervention, Middle Childhood (grades 4-9), Adolescence to Young Adult (grades 7-12), K-12 Special Education (pending state approval), and Music Education.
Make a difference in the classroom with our Master of Arts in Teaching programs (M.A.T.) in either Middle Childhood (4-9) or Special Education (K-12). Otterbein’s M.A.T. programs offer a graduate route to initial teacher licensure for students with a bachelor’s degree in another field. Students will experience embedded field placements, flexible scheduling, and expert instruction. Contact Amy Featherstone for more information.
The M.A.E. Curriculum and Instruction program at Otterbein empowers teachers through study, research, and reflection. Teachers complete their Capstone projects transformed and ready to lead and make a difference in their schools and classrooms.
Add the valuable PreK-12 Reading Endorsement to your current license and enjoy flexible scheduling and expert literacy instruction and mentorship. Our four-course sequence* allows students to start in the spring and finish during the summer, ending with our unique community-based onsite reading clinics that put your knowledge into practice.
Take the next step at Otterbein and add the PreK-12 TESOL Endorsement to your current license. Our graduate blended courses offer both the convenience of online work and the power of collaboration with professors and classmates. Students can put their knowledge into practice during the summer mentored TESOL field practicum.
Student, Faculty, and Alumni Spotlights
The Education Department at Otterbein is a home away from home. I have always felt supported through the actions of the faculty and staff. No matter where I am or what I am going through, the Education Department will meet me where I am. A big part of my growth is because of the Education Department!
Zoe Conley ’22
Early Childhood Intervention Specialist
You might meet Zoe as an orientation leader, or working in technical services at the Otterbein’s Courtright Memorial Library. Zoe is the co-president of the Otterbein Deaf Culture Club, and enjoys participating in Otterbein Student Education Association (OSEA).
My experience as an Otterbein education major has really been transformative. Otterbein helped me realize my true passion for teaching and goes above and beyond in preparing me to be the best teacher I can be.
Lyndsay Blum ’22
PreK-5 Primary Education
When Lyndsay is not in the classroom, you might find her on the links as the Otterbein Women’s Golf Team Captain. Lyndsay also served as Vice President and President of the OSEA (Otterbein Student Education Association), and various leadership roles in Otterbein athletics and organizations.
The smaller school experience allows for great faculty and student relationships. I feel I can reach out and communicate with any faculty member, especially my professors and advisor. One of the most valuable aspects of the Education Department at Otterbein is the field experiences in the classroom even right at the start.
Mia Stanich ’23
Middle Childhood Education, Math and Science content areas
Mia is an organizer at Otterbein with her roles as Secretary for OCMLA (Ohio Collegiate Middle Level Association) and Co-President for OCSM. (Otterbein Catholic Ministry).
Otterbein hands down is one of the best schools with making the learning process personal with the students. The help and support I receive from faculty is what makes me strive to do my best and one day hopefully become a supporting academic faculty member myself.
Jake McDivitt ’23
Middle Childhood Math & Science
Jake is a student athlete and is on the Otterbein Tennis team and ultimate frisbee club. He also serves as an officer in OSEA (Otterbein Student Education Association).
Otterbein University was my first choice for college, both because I’ve heard such positive things from both of my sisters who went there and because of the large and diverse selection of classes and professors in Educational Studies. The Human and Community Service concentration will prepare me to work with children in educational settings beyond schools, especially in hospitals or nonprofit setting.
Laura Calvaruso ’23
Educational Studies Major with a Human and Community Service concentration.
We prepare you for success! Otterbein connects you with local school districts for student teaching and annual events including the HR Round Table and Education Interview Day. Teacher candidates at Otterbein become exceptional teachers, and they are ready to teach at any school, from day one!
Join Otterbein’s professional student organizations to make friends with your future colleagues. Our student organizations are open to all education majors and provide opportunities to attend conferences and workshops, engage with renowned speakers, and attend social events.
Otterbein and the Education department will hold you accountable for your own success, hold high standards for you to meet and provide you with many opportunities to demonstrate your strengths and skills, just as teachers and educators should do for ALL students. Learn to love and love to learn. This career is not just to stand in front of a classroom and speak or pass time, this career is one of the most honorable careers because those who care, can change the world within a classroom.
Alex Natividad ’21
Multi-Age PreK-12 Spanish Education
The Education faculty members were always willing to collaborate and support my learning and goals. This looked like meetings, borrowing books, recommending conferences, and conversations.
Mia Munoz ’20
Early Childhood, Generalist
Mia is a current student in the Otterbein Master of Arts in Education program. She began her teaching career as a third-grade teacher in Cincinnati. This year Mia will teach third grade in Dublin City Schools.
Otterbein is the reason I survived my first year of teaching. I felt prepared and ready because the education did such a great job with real world applications and experience in the classroom. My professors were also right there to help me while I was in school and I still contact them for advice even since I graduated. Once you’re in the education program, you are family. That support really helped me.
Janin Rosas ’19
Middle Childhood LA & SS
Janin is a current 6th grade Engligh Language Arts and Social Studies teacher. Her future goals include earning a PhD in education to help preservice teachers the way professors helped her. Janin is also involved with different children’s theatres around Central Ohio.
The Otterbein Education Department treats both professors and students as education professionals. I help students develop their lessons and my students offer suggestions for my practice. We quickly become colleagues trading teaching ideas.
Dr. Paul Wendel
Professor & Department Chair
Dr. Wendel teaches Science Education courses at Otterbein.
Learn more about Otterbein’s 2020 Teacher of the Year, Dr. Paul Wendel >
Otterbein has always embraced equity in resources and community service. Otterbein’s literacy education outreach is a wonderful example of our institution living those values and ‘doing the most good’.
Dr. Susan Constable
Professor & Department Chair
Dr. Constable teaches Educational Literacy courses at Otterbein, including Phonics, Reading Endorsement courses, and Early Childhood Methods.
Otterbein Education faculty members are caring, passionate, and knowledgeable, and we prepare high-quality teachers. When I visit schools in central Ohio, I always run into our graduates. Otterbein alumni have a major presence in area schools. Come to Otterbein to learn the tools to make an impact!”
Dr. Dee Knoblauch
Dr. Dee Knoblauch teaches Educational Psychology; Equity Literacy; Why Race and Culture Matter in Our Schools; Integrated Curriculum Internship, Grades 4-5.
Learn more about Otterbein’s 2021 Teacher of the Year, Dr. Dee Knoblauch >
Department Features and Student Opportunities
Travel with Middle Childhood educator Dr. Diane Ross for a transformative teaching experience in Uganda. This life-changing opportunity is open to all education majors.
Summer Reading Clinic
Otterbein’s unique Summer Reading Clinic pairs students in our Reading Endorsement courses with children in the community seeking additional literacy instruction.
Teaching Talent Awards
These Education scholarships are awarded annually to incoming education students who have early exposure to teaching in their High School Teacher Academy or Career Center.
Education Department News
Five Questions with Education Alumna Emma Gill ’21
News - December 16, 2022Name: Emma Gill Title: Intervention specialist at the Hilliard City School District Preschool Major: Early Childhood Education (Early Childhood Intervention focus) Class Year: 2021 Emma Gill Tell us about your career journey after graduation? After graduating in December of 2021, I got a wonderful opportunity to be a long-term intervention specialist substitute in Hilliard City Schools for the remainder of the 2021-2022 school year. Then I was given the opportunity to work as an intervention specialist at the Hilliard City…
Recent Otterbein Alumnus Lands Dream Job as Columbus City Schools Spanish Teacher
News - February 18, 2022By Bridget Oder ’23 When Alex Natividad graduated from Otterbein with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Latin American studies and education, he already had his dream job lined up. He has been teaching at Columbus City Schools since August 2021. Otterbein prepared Natividad for success in the classroom in many ways. Otterbein understood that he came from an urban school with a K-12 education. Therefore, they strategically placed him in schools different than his own schooling experience to have…
Otterbein Teacher of the Year’s Enthusiasm and Passion for Education Sets Students Up for Success
News - May 28, 2021The Otterbein University 2021 Teacher of the Year award has been awarded to Dee Knoblauch, professor of education. This peer-nominated award is given to Otterbein faculty members after three years of teaching who exemplify excellence in five principles of teaching: knowledge, design, praxis, relationship, and assessment. Professor Dee Knoblauch "Professor Knoblauch is so passionate about teaching,” said a student commenter in the award nomination. “She makes all her students so excited to be teachers one day. I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to learn from her. As…
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I feel very prepared for my life after Otterbein. All of my classes and other experiences have helped me become the best teacher I can be.