The OBU Teacher Education Council is a representative group of faculty from departments which prepare candidates to be professional educators who are licensed to teach. The committee members are invited by the Dean of Education in collaboration with other deans.
The purpose of the Council is to set and regulate policies for the Teacher Education Unit with the guidance of the Director of Teacher Education. The council must give final approval for admission to teacher education, admission to the Professional Semester for the Student Teaching Internship, exceptions to requests for completing the student teaching internship in a school not pre-approved, approving procedures for the Portfolio Interviews, and discussion of other educational issues as needed. The Council members provide discipline specific feedback, serve on Portfolio Interview Teams for both admission to the professional semester and upon completion of student teaching internship experiences. They provide assistance with changes necessitated by the Arkansas Department of Education and accrediting bodies.
The OBU Teacher Education Council 2015-2016
Ms. Summer Bruch, Art Department Dr. Scott Holsclaw, Drama/Speech Dr. Kathy Collins, Early Childhood/Middle School Dr. Rachel Pool, Middle School/Secondary Dr. Doug Sonheim, English Dr. Jeff Sykes, Math Dr. Becky Morrison, Music – Instrumental Dr. Terry DeWitt, Physical Education Dr. Kevin Cornelius, Science Dr. Kevin Motl, History/Social Studies Dr. Merribeth Bruning, Director of Teacher Education