Education | Capital University



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    • Majors: Early Childhood Education • Middle School Education • Intervention Education • Visual Arts Education • Music Education • Mathematics Education • Science Education (Biology and Chemistry) • English/Language Arts Education • Social Studies 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

      IDA AccreditationCapital'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 below, or view our department directory.


    • Jennifer Faison Hodge, Ph.D.

      Professor & Director of Clinical Partnerships

      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.

      • Classes

        Adapted Physical Activity for Special Populations
        Exceptionalities and Intervention Strategies
        Family, Community, and Culture
        First Year Seminar: Personal Health
        Health Education Pedagogy
        Health Problems and School Health Services
        Introduction to Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment
        Motor Development for Young Children
        Motor Learning
        Physical Education Pedagogy
        Student Teaching Supervision

      • Degrees Earned

        Ph.D., Sport and Exercise Education (Cognates: Special Education & Supervision), The Ohio State University (2001)

        M.A., Adapted Physical Education, The Ohio State University (1993)

        B.S., Health & Physical Education, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (1992)

      • Publications

        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.

        Faison-Hodge, J, & Porretta, D. (2004). Physical activity levels of students with mental retardation and students without disabilities. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 21, 139-152.

        Hodge, S. R., Faison-Hodge, J., Burden, J. Jr. (2004). Politics, pitfalls, and precedents: Going beyond tokenism in diversifying physical education faculty in higher education. The Chronicle of Kinesiology and Physical Education in Higher Education, 15(2), 6-7, 12-13.

        Jansma, P., Wallstrom, T., Walsh, M., Faison-Hodge, J., & An, M. (1999). Psychomotor domain testing of those with serious disabilities. In P. Jansma (Ed.). Psychomotor Domain and Serious Disabilities. Lanham, MA: University Press of America.

        Bridges, D., Faison, J. & Mosley, K. (1995) Perspectives on ethnic diversity: Recruitment, retention, and post-matriculation in the disciplines of adapted physical education and therapeutic recreation. The Advocate, 23(3), 4.

    • Capital's Education Department sponsors reading tutoring sessions and remediation for students in grades kindergarten through 12 at the Reading Center. These sessions are conducted by upper-level Capital students who are majoring in education under the skillful leadership and supervision of an on-site professor. The Reading Center started in 1976 and was funded by the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation. In its 40 year existence, the Reading Center has served over 2,000 students.

      What We Do at the Reading Center
      Our reading tutors can help your child with:

      • Assessment skills
      • Literacy skills
      • Communication skills

      A Whole Semester for $200
      We offer a one-to-one tutoring environment that meets two evenings a week for an entire semester (three evenings a week during the summer). And we also offer several discounts:

      • If your child receives free or reduced lunch, your cost is only $100 a semester
      • We offer a sibling discount so you can reduce your fee for two children by $25
      • If you pay the entire fee on or before the first day of tutoring you will receive an additional $25 off per child
      • Capital employees may be eligible for a discount, please contact the Reading Center

      Your Child's Tutoring Sessions
      Each session is an hour long, one- to-one reading session. Your child receives two hours a week during Fall and Spring semesters and 3 hours a week during Summer sessions.

      Sessions are offered:

      • February through April on Mondays and Wednesdays between 4 and 6 pm
      • June through July on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 4 and 6 pm
      • September through December on Mondays and Wednesdays between 4 and 6 pm

      Our tutors and the professor will prepare and share a summary of your child's experience and skills and will discuss this information with the child's parent or guardian. We will share your child's accomplishments with their school if you request us to do so.

      Registration Information
      For more information about Capital's Reading Center or to register your child(ren), please contact:

      Dr. Jennifer Faison Hodge
      Director of Clinical Partnerships
      (614) 236-6569

      Professor Beverly Finley
      Director of the Reading Center
      (614) 236-6592