A major in early childhood education enables graduates to qualify for an Ohio early childhood teaching license, which covers all subject areas in preschool through grade three.
Additionally, students in the program complete courses and field experience to be qualified for the grade four and five endorsement, which enables them to teach all subjects at these grade levels. Throughout the program, students complete methods courses in all subject areas and a 12- hour core of classes designed to prepare them to teach reading.
Multiple opportunities to work in classrooms and experience all aspects of teaching occur throughout the four-year program. Small class sizes build strong relationships with faculty and fellow students and close mentoring occurs by faculty, who have real-world experience as classroom teachers. Marietta College was selected as one of the top four education programs in Ohio by the Ohio Department of Higher Education. Over several years, the education program has achieved 100 percent job placement for its graduates.
Teacher candidates complete a two-semester intensive internship experience during the senior year. As a teacher intern, majors work with a mentor teacher and college supervisor to refine their teaching skills and prepare for the first year as a licensed teacher. During the second semester of the internship experience, majors complete the teacher performance assessment, a nationally scored assessment of their teaching skills. Marietta College graduates score above state and national averages on state license exams and on the Teacher Performance Assessment.