Program Ratings | Wittenberg University

Program Ratings

Wittenberg University's Education Department regards educational accountability as a central element of public trust. For this reason, we report to the community numerous candidate performance data. Specifically, we want our constituents to know at what rates our teacher candidates' successfully navigate requirements by the Ohio Department of Higher Education and CAEP requirements. This includes: a candidates ability to Impact Student Learning; their Effectiveness as Teachers; Satisfaction of Employers and Completers; our Graduation Rates, Licensure Pass Rates, Job Placement Data and Title II Reports.

ODHE program report - The Ohio Department of Higher Education compiles and shares data related to the Educator Preparation Program (EPP) quality for every institution.

While Ohio Department of Education does not share all data, these reports can give viewers a good idea of what the University and state of Ohio deem important. A follow-up survey by the state looks at how new teachers view the training that Wittenberg provided to them.

The Resident Educator survey compiled by the Ohio Department of Higher Education looks at New Teacher satisfaction with their preparation. We have included the questionnaire and the latest results.

The results of these surveys show new teachers trained at Wittenberg overall believe that their training equipped them to walk into the classroom as well-prepared teachers.

Program completers must pass the Ohio Assessment for Educators Tests (OAE) to obtain licenses. Below you will find data illustrating Wittenberg pass rates for these required tests. Licensure tests exam 1. Content Knowledge along with demonstrating an understanding of: 2. Student (k-12) Development and Learning, 3. Assessment, Instruction, and the Learning Environment, and 4. The Professional Environment. Student Teachers also complete a national tool EdTPA, which closely replicates actual practice. The ODHE requires the completion of this large task and a national company scores the EdTPa returning the score to the State, Candidate and Wittenberg.

OAE Test Results

  • OAE Test Pass Rates data 2016-2021
    • This data shows an overall pass rate in a 5-year span of 95%. Nationally, the expectation is 80% of those testing pass. Wittenberg teacher candidates well exceed this pass rate.

EdTPA Test Results

  • EDTPA data 8-18 to 6-21
    • The state of Ohio does not set a minimum number of points for candidates to pass this instrument. However, they do provide encouragement through a candidates’ ability to waive the OAE APK test if the candidate scores a 37 or higher.

State records and data represent only one way that Wittenberg’s programs assess not only Candidate success. Wittenberg also reviews field placement performance, satisfaction surveys by alumni, employers, and student teacher supervisors. This information helps programs make decisions about where programs are strong or need greater emphasis.

This survey indicates that employers (principals) viewed Wittenberg graduates as predominantly “proficient” as teachers. Well beyond the expected “competent” rating of a new teacher, Wittenberg teachers excelled here. The SP 2020 data due to Covid-19 online teaching was not able to be collected.

Alumni Responses – this survey reaches out to graduates currently teaching in their field and asks about their satisfaction with how prepared they were to enter into their professional careers.

University Supervisor Surveys – these surveys ask the University Supervisors about the mentoring ability of the Clinical Educators (k-12 teachers)

Clinical Educator Surveys - These surveys ask our K-12 partners about their experiences with Wittenberg Student Teachers

Program Dispositions - Each semester the department collects and reviews candidate dispositions.  Dispositions help the licensure programs and candidates examine attitudes, behaviors, and communications, both verbal and non-verbal that teacher candidates need to become successful teachers.

This data supports our candidate readiness to enter into the Teaching profession. Faculty mentor candidates who struggle with some aspect of these dispositions to develop or strengthen specific areas.

Program Enrollment and Retention Data – this data provides information on the number of Teacher Candidates that are admitted into the program in the previous three years along with the numbers that complete and obtain licensure.

University Enrollment and Retention Data – This data include University-Wide Cohort retention, persistence, and a wealth of information about who attends Wittenberg University.

Financial Information

The link below will provide information on: Federal Student Aid Programs, Wittenberg Financial Aid processes and Procedures, Loan Information, Federal Direct Loan Default Rate History

Transfer Policy

We review transfer work from any accredited institution, and anything with a grade of C or above transfers in. Employment experience does not transfer; technical college credits are not accepted nor are credits from institutions that are not regionally accredited.

Employment Information – Each year the Education Department at Wittenberg reaches out to it’ newly minted alumni to ask about the success of their job searches. The below link will provide you with a quick look at the data generated from their completed surveys.

Title II — U.S. Department of Education: Preparing, Training, and Recruiting High Quality Teachers and Principals

The purpose of this part is to provide grants to State educational agencies, local educational agencies, State agencies for higher education, and eligible partnerships in order to:

(1) increase student academic achievement through strategies such as improving teacher and principal quality and increasing the number of highly qualified teachers in the classroom and highly qualified principals and assistant principals in schools; and

(2) hold local educational agencies and schools accountable for improvements in student academic achievement.

Licensure Assessments

As part of the process of becoming a licensed educator in particular areas in Ohio's pre-kindergarten through grade 12 system, candidates must pass licensure exams. Depending upon the content area, the tests for initial licensure are the Ohio Assessment for Educators, the ACTFL/LTI examinations for candidates who wish to teach world languages. The information below contains links to the Ohio Department of Education's current requirements.

Test Companies Used for Initial Licensure

Reciprocity - Interstate Reciprocity

Teacher Education graduates from Wittenberg who plan to seek a teaching position in a state other than Ohio first apply for and receive Ohio's license, then apply to the Department of Education in the sought-after State. If the State has a reciprocity arrangement with Ohio, a teaching license will likely be issued after the appropriate paperwork is completed. If the state does not have reciprocity arrangements, the teacher's transcripts may be reviewed to see if any additional coursework or requirements need to be met to satisfy licensure in that state. Students who are interested in seeking teaching positions outside Ohio should:

  1. Apply for an Ohio teaching license. (Application for another state's license is based on holding a valid teaching license.)
  2. Contact the State Department of Education in the state in which licensure is being sought to request an application for teacher licensure (or check their website for instructions).
  3. Complete the teacher licensure application and, if necessary, send the application form to the Wittenberg Teacher Licensure Office for any required documentation by our office.
  4. States may require different competency tests and/or different passing scores than those required in Ohio. Students should plan to take these tests after they have completed the appropriate tests for Ohio if they will be seeking licensure in that state.

Note that a number of states have additional requirements or procedures that are explained in greater detail at the websites of the different state departments of education. Wittenberg offers a number of computer lab sites for our candidates' convenience; one of which is located in the Education Department building. Supplemental information is available from the Director of Licensure.

It is the candidates’ responsibility to check these resources and be aware of any additional requirements for licensure in states in which they intend to teach. Reciprocity and licensure policies are subject to change and final determination of eligibility is determined by the state at the time of application.

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