The purpose of the Ohio Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (OACTE) is to advocate for and provide leadership in teacher education in the State of Ohio by working collaboratively with the public and private teacher education programs in Ohio. As an affiliate of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), we support its mission: To promote the learning of all PK-12 students through high-quality, evidence-based preparation and continuing education for all school personnel.
OACTE strives to fulfill its purpose through advocacy, professional advancement, and inquiry. Currently OACTE is engaged in various initiatives such as:
- OACTE will be sponsoring a “Day on the Square” which provides the opportunity for teacher educators to meet with elected state officials to discuss important issues related to educator preparation in Ohio.
- OACTE continues to work with other teacher education organizations to plan and offer the annual Ohio Confederation of Colleges of Teacher Education (OCTEO) Conference which is held twice a year.
- Four of our institutions, The Ohio State University, University of Cincinnati, University of Dayton, and Wright State University, are engaged in a national study sponsored by AACTE to pilot a student teacher performance assessment.
OACTE remains committed to working together to advocate for and support our member institutions in advancing and strengthening educator preparation in Ohio.
Michael J. Smith, Ph.D.
Dean of Professional Studies