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    • Majors: Early Childhood Education • Intervention Education • Middle Childhood Education • Education • Health Education • Physical Education • Science Education

      Capital's education program has a long and celebrated history of preparing teachers who change lives.

      Here, you’ll acquire the knowledge, refine the character and practice the skills you'll need to help students develop to their full potential.  

      What You'll Learn

      Capital's liberal arts tradition and General Education goals are central to our education program. This curriculum creates a broad context for learning; enhances your analytical, critical-thinking, problem-solving and communication skills necessary for success; expands your knowledge and instills a thirst for lifelong learning; and refines your value systems and ethical standards to guide your decision making — in your profession and in life.

      As you focus exclusively on your major, you’ll be taught by highly experienced and engaged education professors. You'll blend rich classroom theory with relevant and challenging field experiences as early as your sophomore year — either here or abroad through our Intercultural Student Teaching Program. Explore the program and course descriptions in our online course bulletin.  

      High-Impact Practices: Student-Teaching and Field Experiences

      Capital’s teacher education program features a host of on-campus classes and clinical experiences, as well as observations and field-based experiences in schools. Field-based experiences are completed in a variety of different cultural settings and at different grade levels. Because of our location in the thriving capital city of Columbus, there are a number of urban, suburban and rural school districts, as well as national and state agencies, within a short distance of Capital.

      The professional education program begins your first year. As early as the sophomore year, education students have opportunities to experience working with learners in diverse school and community settings during which they observe and participate in instructional responsibilities.

      Where You'll Go: Careers and Placement

      Education Program Highlights

      • Four-year undergraduate teacher licensure program
      • Early opportunities to experience education from the teacher’s side of the desk
      • Internships, with stipend, to enhance student teaching experience
      • Reading center for one-on-one teaching experiences
      • Licensure possible in 20-plus areas of specialization
      • Strong praise from ODE and the NCATE
      • Opportunities for student teaching abroad

      We all agree children need the best education possible to become productive and successful citizens. Likewise, their teachers need to be dedicated and highly qualified. 

      That's why our teacher education program is competitive — so our graduates are prepared to meet the challenge of evolving classroom. To earn an education degree from Capital, you must apply and get accepted to the teacher education program; apply and get accepted to student teach; and graduate and pass the licensure exam in your chosen area(s). 

      Graduates of Capital’s teacher education program have gone on to make significant contributions in the lives of others in a variety of positions, including:

      • Classroom teachers
      • Special education teachers
      • Special area teachers
      • Principals
      • Supervisors
      • Central office staff
      • Superintendents
      • Higher education faculty members and administrators 
      High Performance Reviews
      Capital University is recognized as a high-quality, accredited institution on both the national and state level. Read our latest performance report here.
    • Our professors bring out the best in you. We won't lie. They can be tough. But they're also your counselors, your mentors, and your biggest advocates. Meet a few.

    • Jennifer Hodge, Ph.D.

      Professor of Education

      Jennifer Hodge

      Ruff Learning Center
      Room 234


      • Biography

        Dr. Jennifer Hodge received the Capital University Cotterman Award for exceptional service to students through advising in 2007. She is past department chair for the Health and Sport Sciences Department. Dr. Hodge is a member of the South-Western City Schools Community Advisory Group and has served on numerous Ohio Department of Education advisory councils and boards related to physical education issues. Hodge is currently the Midwest Social Justice and Diversity Committee chair and has been instrumental in strategic planning related to social justice and diversity and is the Capital University Big Brothers Big Sisters liaison.

      • Teaches

        Lifetime Health
        Basketball and Golf
        Flag Football and Recreation Games
        Soccer, Bowling, and Billiards
        Weight Training and Conditioning
        Track and Field
        Personal Health
        Dual Sports and Activities
        Team Sports and Activities
        History and Philosophy of Physical Education and Sport
        Foundations of Physical Education Pedagogy
        Motor Learning
        Health Problems and School Health Services
        Organization and Administration of Physical Education and Sport
        Safety Education
        Adapted Physical Activity for Special Populations
        Tests and Measurements
        Pedagogy for Pre-school Through Young Adults: Health
        Pedagogy for Early and Middle Childhood Education: Physical Education
        Pedagogy for Adolescents to Young Adults: Physical Education
        Student Teaching: Multiage Health Education
        Student Teaching: Multiage Physical Education

        Effective physical education in schools
        National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in Physical Education
        Preparing physical education teacher education students

      • Degrees

        Ph.D., Sport and Exercise Education, The Ohio State University (2001)
        Master of Arts, The Ohio State University (1993)
        Bachelor of Science, Adapted Physical Education, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (1992)

      • Publications

        Current research: Teaching physical education in urban settings

        Preparing highly qualified physical education teachers. Community engagement and physical activity levels of diverse populations. Hodge, S. R., & Faison-Hodge, J. (2010).

        Teacher Preparation and Conceptions of Teacher Learning in Physical Education. The Chronicle of Kinesiology and Physical Education in Higher Education, 21(3), 8-19.

    • Tobie Sanders, Ph.D.

      Professor of Education

      Tobie Sanders

      Ruff Learning Center

      (614) 236-6321

      • Biography

        Dr. Tobie Sanders is an expert in early childhood education, child development, and reading and literacy learning and teaching. She has more than 30 years of experience in early childhood and early language and literacy. She has been the recipient of the Praestantia Award for Excellence in Teaching, the highest honor Capital bestows on its faculty members. 

        She was the principal investigator for the Ingram White Castle Foundation Kindergarten Bridge Project, which led to a partnership with an east side Columbus school district that found its youngest students were losing too much educational ground during the summer months. Through this partnership, kindergartners were allowed to stay in school this summer. Dr. Sanders and her students taught the classes, while the school district provided space and lunches. As a result, the children continued to be nourished — both intellectually and physically. 

        Her publications include Language Development, Early Literacy, and Reading Courses; Art, Movement, Music, and Drama: Integrated Experiences in Early Childhood Education; Reading and Language Arts Pedagogy; and many others.  


      • Degrees

        Ph.D., The Ohio State University 
        Master of Arts, The Ohio State University
        Bachelor of Science, The Ohio State University