Education and Teaching
TEACHING THAT CHANGES THE WORLD
For more than 100 years, BGSU has been setting the standards in teacher education – in fact, we started out as a teachers’ college. Our programs are nationally recognized, meeting or exceeding state and national benchmarks.
And the best part is you don’t have to wait until your senior year to get in a classroom. In-school fieldwork experiences – observing, tutoring, assisting, assessing and teaching – are interwoven into coursework beginning your freshman year.
This foundation helps you set yourself apart from the competition and prepares you for the standardized teacher licensure tests. Our graduates are recruited by some of the best school districts and leading corporations in the world. School systems have come to depend on the quality of employees they hire from BGSU, which is why they participate in the annual Teacher Job Fair that brings nearly 200 recruiters from across the country. In 2013, 1,369 interviews were conducted at the fair.
An education degree from BGSU opens doors to challenging yet rewarding careers outside the classroom as well. When considering majoring in education, students automatically think teaching is their sole option, but many of our graduates are leaders in nonprofits, private industry, government, medicine and law.
BGSU has always been a leader in preparing teachers for outstanding careers. Our Inclusive Early Childhood program has been cited as the most innovative in Ohio and in the U.S. Learning extends beyond the classroom walls at BGSU. Explore opportunities to student teach in Aldine, Texas, or at multicultural English-speaking schools in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, or get involved in one of the 10 education-related student groups.
If you’re interested in living and learning with students who have like interests, consider joining the Educators in Context & Community Organization (ECCO), a comprehensive, career-based professional development learning community for education majors and others who work with children. ECCO focuses on acclimating educators to the diverse cultures and communities – urban, rural and suburban – their students bring with them into the classroom. Many of our students say this experience changed their lives.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a significant number of experienced teachers are expected to reach retirement age by 2020. Their retirements will create job openings around most of the country, with the exception of kindergarten and elementary schools. However, early childhood special education and English as a second language teachers are in demand. This is one of the reasons we revamped our early childhood program to qualify you to teach children with and without disabilities. Employment is expected to grow 17 percent from 2010-2020 for early childhood, middle school and intervention specialists, and Adolescence to Young Adult teaching positions are expected to grow by a rate of 7 percent.
Career opportunities outside of the classroom are also available, such as a guidance counselor, librarian, academic or athletic coach, museum technician or corporate trainer.
- Ted Edinger ’96 | 2012 Elementary Art Teacher of the Year in Tennessee
- Raul Fonseca ’92 | human resource director at award-winning Aldine (Texas) Independent School District
- Brenda Frankart ’90, ’97 | 2011 MetLife/NASSP Principal of the Year for Ohio and the 2010 Ohio Principal of the Year by the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators and the National Association of Secondary School Principals
- Stephen Weber ’64 | retired president of San Diego State University where he served from 1996-2011