The Ohio Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (OACTE) is an organization comprised of Ohio public and private higher education institutions engaged in educating teachers who are highly effective in promoting student learning. Our mission is to advocate for and provide leadership in the state of Ohio by working collaboratively towards our common purpose. As an affiliate of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE), we support its mission to promote the learning of all P-12 students through high quality, evidence based preparation and continuing education for all school personnel.
OACTE strives to fulfill its mission through advocacy, professional advancement opportunities, and inquiry projects that are initiated to help solve contemporary challenges in our profession. Currently, OACTE is engaged in a variety of initiatives like the following:
- OACTE organizes an annual Day on the Square during which teacher educators have the opportunity to meet with elected state legislators to discuss important issues related to educator preparation in Ohio.
- OACTE is a key sponsor of the Ohio Clinical Alliance for Educator Preparation, along with representatives from NEA, OFT, the Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators, B.A.S.A., Battelle for Kids, Ohio PTA, Ohio School Boards Association, and the Ohio Board of Regents. The group is committed to supporting Ohio's future teachers working shoulder to shoulder with practicing educators from the very beginning of their preparation program , through continuous school based clinical practice.
- OACTE partners with the other teacher education organizations in Ohio to plan and implement the Ohio Confederation of Colleges of Teacher Education (OCTEO) Conference, held twice a year.
- OACTE representatives meet regularly with other education leaders across the state in the P-16 Leadership Collaborative. This group was formed as a partnership between PreK -12 Schools and higher education to collaboratively identify strategies for improving teacher performance and ultimately student achievement.
We welcome ideas for new initiatives as we remain committed to working towards strengthening educator preparation and student achievement in Ohio.
Amy A. McClure, PhD
Chair, Department of Education and Rodefer Endowed Professor of Education
Ohio Wesleyan University