Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Conceptual Framework




MVNU candidates are compassionate toward the students they serve. They respect the individuality of the students they teach, building an environment of trust. Candidates advocate for social justice and equity to participate in transforming communities consistent with a Christian Worldview.

Competence is the process of developing teachers as whole persons with the knowledge, skills and dispositions that help them meet the needs of each learner. Candidates are reflective, utilizing interpersonal abilities while responding with flexibility and professional judgment to diverse experiences and the needs of all learners. Candidates use technology to support the teaching and learning process.

MVNU candidates are committed to actively search for opportunities so all students experience success in the classroom. Candidates are reflective regarding the role they play in their students' learning. Candidates are committed to professional development, leadership and life-long learning.

NCATE Accreditation

In 1996, with the implementation of new state standards, Ohio became a partner state with the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This partnership required that all units preparing teachers in the state of Ohio meet NCATE unit standards and that all teacher education programs meet the guidelines of their specialized professional association (SPA). Beginning in 2003, programs were required to become members of the NCATE organization by going through the complete application and on-site visit review. In 2007, the option of meeting the national accreditation requirement through NCATE or Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) was added. MVNU elected to stay with NCATE, as have the majority of Ohio teacher preparation programs. All NCATE programs can be assumed to meet the requirements of their SPA (e.g. all early childhood education programs must meet the standards of the National Association of Early and Young Children; all integrated language arts education programs must meet the standards of the National Council of Teachers of English, etc.) The MVNU Teacher Education Unit received NCATE accreditation in 2008, and the re-certification visit will be in 2015.

The preparation of teachers is one of the major programs at Mount Vernon Nazarene University. The Teacher Education Unit has a strong history of providing quality programs, integrating university instruction which is grounded in theory and research with application and practice in P-12 classrooms, as well as college laboratory settings.

Teacher Education Program Philosophy

The philosophy of the unit, which includes the School of Education and Professional Studies and the Teacher Education Program at MVNU, greatly influences the mission, vision, and goals of the institution. The stated philosophy, and belief system, of the School of Education and Professional Studies at MVNU is that God has shown us truth through scripture, nature, history, and his son, Jesus Christ. Persons are spiritual, rational, moral, social, and physical beings created in the image of God. They are, therefore, able to know and to value themselves and other persons, the universe, and God. Education is the process of teaching and learning, and involves the whole person. This process occurs most effectively when both instructor and student are properly related to God and each other through Christ.

Goals and Outcomes of the Teacher Education Program

Our goals lead to our outcomes. MVNU produces teachers who are called to teach with compassion, competence, and commitment. We endeavor to teach our candidates to be compassionate toward all people, to become competent teachers, and to be committed to the profession. We intend for our candidates to graduate with licensure, or an advanced degree, with the ability to demonstrate their skills, knowledge, and dispositions.

Goal One: One goal at MVNU is for candidates to take the calling of compassion seriously; building rapport with their students and developing skills of justice, fairness, and consistency. We want candidates to respect and affirm all students and to reach out to the community in service to humanity.

Outcomes of Goal One:

  1. Candidates demonstrate a desire to build rapport with their students by showing concern and interest.
  2. Candidates build an environment of fairness, trust, and positive interaction among all classroom members.
  3. Candidates advocate social justice and equity in the community to promote affirmation and response for all individuals.
  4. Candidates transform communities consistent with a Christian worldview through service to humanity.

Goal Two: A second goal at MVNU is for candidates to become competent. It is our aim for candidates from MVNU to demonstrate competency and skill in learning about their students and use that information to design appropriate learning goals for each student in their classroom. Lesson plans should reflect objectives, activities, methods, materials, and assessments that promote learning connections. It is our desire for candidates at MVNU to demonstrate knowledge of content. We plan opportunities for candidates to reflect on their current teaching skills to improve instructional techniques and to develop a variety of teaching methods, including the use of technology in the classroom. We desire to help candidates develop effective communication skills.

Outcomes of Goal Two:

  1. Candidates conduct research about students and the learning process. They reflect on this information to create learning experiences adapted to diverse learners.
  2. Candidates create an environment that is safe, organized, and accommodates all students, including those with special needs.
  3. Candidates design appropriate standard-based learning goals and effectively communicate them to students.
  4. Candidates demonstrate competency in the content areas.
  5. Candidates demonstrate the ability to assess student learning using formal and information assessment strategies to evaluate and insure the continuous intellectual, social, physical, and moral/spiritual development of all learners.
  6. Candidates demonstrate the use of diverse teaching methods to insure the success of all students.
  7. Candidates use technology to support teaching and learning.
  8. Candidates demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills including questioning strategies.

Goal Three: A third goal at MVNU is to produce teachers who are committed to providing quality instruction to their students and to develop their professional responsibilities. Candidates have the opportunity to attend seminars, workshops, and be well-read in their field. Candidates are encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to present at professional meetings, take part in campus organizations, and participate in a wide range of diverse community service experiences. They are encouraged to join professional organizations and demonstrate professional growth and development. As a result, candidates deepen their understanding of the education profession and the issues facing educators. We want candidates to be committed to building professional relationships with parents and colleagues.

Outcomes of Goal Three:

  1. Candidates demonstrate efficacy by actively searching for practical actions to address specific needs of all students.
  2. Candidates are reflective regarding the impact their teaching has upon their students.
  3. Candidates lead in their profession by involvement in professional organizations, publications, presentations, and school/community leadership.
  4. Candidates build relationships with students, parents, colleagues, and other community stakeholders.

Summary: Our expected goals/outcomes are congruent with the Interstate New Teacher and Support Consortium (INTASC) Principles, the Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession (OSTP), and the MVNU Conceptual Framework for the Teacher Education Unit.

Bachelor of Arts in Education - Early Childhood Licensure Degree Competion Program

The Early Childhood Degree Completion program is intended for candidates who already have an earned Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education or the equivalent coursework. The program is fully online and will result in a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education, Ohio Department of Education Early Childhood License, and an Early Childhood Generalist Endorsement.

Gate 1: Admission to MVNU

In addition to completing an application, submitting transcripts of college work, and providing two letters of recommendation, applicants for regular admission must:

  • hold an associate's degree in Early Childhood or equivalent from an accredited institution OR have completed the equivalent associate’s degree education course work at the bachelor’s degree level with at least a cumulative GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.00 scale) for full admission to the program;
  • have earned passing scores on Ohio-prescribed assessments for entrance to the Teacher Education Program;
  • undergo an admission interview or seminar with the appropriate program coordinator; and
  • submit documentation of all supervised, academic field experiences – include number of hours completed, grade level, school/district, and dates.

Some students may be admitted under a conditional admission status. For conditional admission, candidates must:

  • hold an associate degree in Early Childhood or equivalent from an accredited institution OR have completed the equivalent associate’s degree education course work at the bachelor’s degree level with a cumulative GPA between 2.0 and 2.4 (on a 4.00 scale); and
  • complete all other regular admission requirements.

To move from conditional admission to regular admission, a candidate must complete each of the first three courses in the ECE Degree Completion program with at least a B- grade.

Gate 2: Admission to Teacher Education Program (after completion of first three courses)

  • Achieve a passing grade on EDT3010
  • Submit Application for admission to Teacher Education
  • Complete Good Moral Character Form
  • Negative TB test (if required by Field school district)
  • Pass sexual harassment prevention training
  • Dispositions assessed by two Education faculty
  • Pass Background check
  • Earn minimum GPA: Cumulative 2.5; Professional Education 2.5
  • Teacher Education Council approval of candidate’s acceptance to program

Gate 3: Admission to Clinical Practice

  • All Field Experience Requirements must be satisfied
  • Complete Application for student teaching
  • Earn minimum GPA: Cumulative 2.5; Professional Education 3.0
  • Complete all required ECE course work
  • Receive recommendations from all University supervisors in field experiences
  • Dispositions assessment by two Education faculty
  • Take all required Ohio Licensure exams
  • Background check and fingerprints
  • Negative TB test
  • Teacher Education Council approval of candidate’s acceptance to clinical practice

A student teacher cannot be enrolled in courses (with the exception of on-line courses that do not conflict with school day/teacher hours), assume work-related duties that conflict with school day/teacher hours, or take on any other responsibilities that conflict with school day/teacher hours throughout the dates of her or his student teaching experience.

Gate 4: Recommendation for Licensure and Degree Completion

  • Earn minimum GPA: Cumulative 2.5; Professional Education 3.0; Major courses 3.0; earn a C- or higher in all education courses
  • A total of 124 semester hours is required for graduation and Bachelor’s degree completion.

General Education Requirements – total 39 semester hours

  • 15 credit hours in Arts and Humanities
  • (Minimum of 3 credit hours in an English composition course with a research writing component; minimum of 3 credit hours in Bible/Theology)
  • 15 credit hours in Natural and Social Sciences, and Mathematics
  • (Minimum of 3 credit hours in Mathematics; minimum of 3 credit hours in Social Science; and minimum of 3 credit hours in Natural Science with laboratory)
  • 9 credit hours in Liberal Arts electives

Early Childhood Major Requirements – total 85.5 semester hours

  • 39 semester hours of early childhood/professional education course work to be completed before entering MVNU program
  • Complete all required coursework and deficiencies
  • Attend at least one Diversity Seminar or Urban Institute
  • Pass all required Ohio licensure exams
  • Secure satisfactory recommendation from student teaching University supervisor
  • Professional Portfolio submitted to assigned assessor(s) and earned minimum score of 2.0
  • Submit application for licensure and pay a fee
  • Completion and submission of the Teacher Performance Assessment
  • Background checks and fingerprinting if not done within the last 12 months

Program Continuation

A candidate enrolled in the Early Childhood Education Degree Completion program with regular admission status will be placed on academic probation at any time that he/she earns more than two grades below a B- or it the cumulative GPA falls below a 2.5.  The candidate who is placed on academic probation must achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.5 at the completion of an additional six (6) semester hours.  The candidate is removed from probation after retaking course(s) in which he/she earned less than a B- with a grade of B- or better, or at the end of any semester in which the cumulative GPA meets or exceeds 2.5.

A candidate will be dismissed from the ECE Degree Completion program after:

  1. Receiving a second final grade of "F" or "X"; or
  2. Failing to achieve the required grade point average in the program at the end of any probationary period.

Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education (Degree Completion)

Required Courses

EDT3010 Technology for Professionals


ECE3102 General Teaching Methods


ECE4053 Social Studies Grades 1-5


ECE4063 Math Grades 1-5


ECE4073 Science Grades 1-5


ECE3041 Developmental Literacy Lab


ECE3043 Developmental Literacy


ECE3063 Basics of Phonetic Instruction


ECE4033 Content Reading


MCE3023 Adolescent Literature


ECE4132 Advanced Research Writing


ECE4122 Advanced Classroom Management


ECE4113 Advanced Technology - Portfolio


ECE4102 Unit Planning


ECE4092 Advanced Field Experience


ECE4001 Early Childhood Endorsement Practicum


EDU4092 Student Teaching


Required Cognate Courses

BIB3033 Foundations of a Biblical Worldview



49.5 Hours