Student Organizations in Education

Education Theme House

Residents living in the Education House at 162 W. Home Street are education majors. They live and learn together, supporting one another through the Education Program. The house plans programs on the topics of Columbus schools, leadership development and student teaching. Residents serve as role models to freshmen education majors and those going through the student teaching process. They also host meetings and programs sponsored by the Education department and often have socials open to the campus. For more information about the Theme House, contact Diane Ross, advisor.

Otterbein Collegiate Middle Level Association (OCMLA)

OCMLA, an affiliate of the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE), is a professional and social organization for middle childhood education majors. OCMLA hosts several professional development events for all education majors each year. Past professional development events included a discussion with a panel of first-year teachers, a speaker from Franklin County Children’s Services, a discussion with practicing teachers about classroom management, a workshop at the William Sheridan Teacher store, and a team-building event at Vertical Adventures Rock Climbing Gym.

The Otterbein Collegiate Middle Level Association (OCMLA) is an official chapter of the national Collegiate Middle Level Association (CMLA) organization.  Once or twice a year, members and officers of all of the CMLA chapters throughout the nation gather to share ideas and develop professionally.
John Swaim, former professor of Education at Otterbein, founded the Collegiate Middle Level Association in 1989. The aim of CMLA is to engage teacher candidates in professional development activities related to young adolescent development and middle grades teaching. There are now a number of CMLA chapters at colleges and universities throughout the country. For more information about this organization contact: Diane Ross, OCMLA Advisor.

Otterbein Student Education Association (OSEA)

OSEA is a professional development organization for all education students attending Otterbein University.  Students involved in OSEA have opportunities to develop and implement workshops focused on the betterment of Ohio’s school children; some examples are: classroom management, resume writing, interviewing tips, and classroom technology resources. OSEA members also have the opportunity to engage in professional activities with Otterbein professors as well as teachers and administrators from local school districts. OSEA has brought nationally and state renowned speakers to campus and organizes registration to professional development conferences.  Any of these activities are open to all education majors. OSEA is also responsible for hosting the yearly education department induction for those students who are accepted into the Department of Education at Otterbein University. For more information, contact the OSEA advisor, Carrie Scheckelhoff, or visit us on Facebook.