Student Interventionist - Special Needs Licensure & TESOL Endorsement
Ohio Northern University and Bluffton University have collaborated to provide undergraduate teacher education candidates at both institutions with enhanced opportunities during their professional teacher preparation.
As part of their semester course load at ONU, students register through Ohio Northern University for courses to be completed at Bluffton University. There are no additional costs to the ONU student.
Ohio Northern University students travel 15 minutes north to Bluffton University to complete the required course work for the Intervention Specialist - Special Needs (IS) teacher education license or the Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) endorsement which are currently unavailable through ONU.
Students pursuing the Interventionist Specialist - Special Needs license will complete two separate student teaching opportunities, one for each license awarded by the state of Ohio.
Danielle “Dani” Hendershott
Class of 2013
BA, Early Childhood Education
I’m a hybrid—part polar bear, part beaver!
Through the collaboration between Ohio Northern University and Bluffton University, I am able to acquire an additional licensure with the simple integration of seven classes. Many people cringe at the thought of additional courses, but I have found that my education through Bluffton has impacted my education at ONU in a very positive way. With teaching positions being scarce, I have found that the more diverse the individual is the more likely she is to be hired. Through this program, I will be certified to teach a multitude of different age groups and subject areas, which should prove beneficial in the future. Each university’s staff members have gone above and beyond to assist me in my learning, and each class provides a fun environment with new friends. I love attending both ONU and Bluffton Universities; I have met so many new people and learned so much along the way!
Virginia “Gini” Lipp
Class of 2013
BA, German and Language Arts Education
I first joined Ohio Northern's TESOL program through Bluffton University the spring semester of my junior year. Through the program, I took courses like English Grammar, Linguistics, and Language Variation. Aside from learning about interesting topics like why dialects exist and how they develop as well as how humans learn and process language, the knowledge I gained from these courses has come to inform my teaching of both native and nonnative speakers. Some of the experiences I had included a live demonstration of how linguists classify new languages as well as an involved classroom discussion and presentation of new language teaching techniques, all while meeting a variety of new people who I would have never met otherwise.
As interesting and enjoyable as the Bluffton program was, the benefits that my TESOL endorsement will provide as I enter the job market are infinitely more. Several schools have shown interest in me, knowing I have the knowledge and proven skills to work with students of various cultural and linguistic backgrounds. I would strongly encourage anyone considering the TESOL endorsement to try it out for themselves-- it's a rapidly growing field that will only become more important in education in the upcoming years.