Teacher Education Program
Accreditation: The Huckabee School of Education is accredited by the state of Arkansas and NCATE – The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
Certification: Candidates completing the approved programs in education are eligible for teacher licensure in the state of Arkansas. Arkansas has reciprocity with other states. Some states do require additional tests or requirements unique to that state.
Grade Point Requirements: Admission to the Teacher Education Program requires a minimum Grade Point average of 2.5 overall. A GPA of 2.5 must be maintained and a GPA of 2.5 in the Teaching Field is required for admission to the Professional Semester of Student Teaching.
Program Completers for 2011-2012 had an average overall GPA of 3.505 on a 4.0 scale. Exact figures are not available but most of these candidates accepted employment within six months with four our 37 education graduates choosing to teach in international settings.
Four-Year Experience: Education majors can finish their programs in four academic years with the exceptions of Music Education and Sciences which need either summer school or another semester.
The EDFN 1001 Freshman Seminar initiated in 2006 provides information and access to the School of Education. The course also provides an introduction to the Education profession as well as the OBU campus philosophy and services. The Teacher Education Handbook is explained and accessed electronically. The course is designed as a forum for building relationships with other education majors and education faculty.
Facilities: The Huckabee School of Education is located on the third floor of McClellan Hall. Classrooms are equipped with technology tools to prepare candidates for classrooms of tomorrow. The Wetherington Teaching-Learning Center houses a computer lab with 20 student computers and a Smart Board with Airliner. Also in the Center are Ellison dies and other materials available for creating presentation and teaching materials.