The Teacher Education Program is designed to provide graduates the educational background needed to pursue careers in childcare centers, preschools, elementary, middle and secondary schools. Graduates of the Teacher Education Program will meet the licensing requirements for an administrator as specified by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Licensing rule. Candidates have the applicable educational background to transfer into baccalaureate programs in Early Childhood (PK-3), Middle Childhood (4-9), Secondary (10-12), or Intervention Specialist (Special Education).
Entering the Teacher Education Associate’s Degree Program requires that the candidate:
Has received a high school diploma, GED certificate, or has completed an approved home school program
Once a candidate has been accepted into the Teacher Education Program, the candidate must meet the following requirements:
Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 (GPA for transfer depends upon transferring institution)
Demonstrate the professional attributes of an educator when working with children and fellow educators, i.e. professional appearance, responsibility, teamwork
Compile the professional portfolio required for graduation
Complete all course requirements for graduation
Upon successful completion of the program, students will enter the education profession with the following attributes:
Communication skills focusing on effective written and oral communications in an educational setting with parents, fellow educational professionals and community and business leaders
Knowledge needed to identify, assess, and assist with the education of a diverse student population
Working foundation of the historical, philosophical, theoretical, and legal issues of education
Practical professional skills to assist in the establishment and maintenance of an effective, productive, and safe educational setting
Personal ethical standards and professional practices used by successful education professionals
The Ohio Department of Education has accredited Eastern Gateway’s program to offer a two-year associate degree license. Articulation agreements between Eastern Gateway Community College and northeastern Ohio four-year colleges have been formulated to allow for easy transition from the completion of the Teacher Education program to a baccalaureate education program. These specific articulation agreements ensure that all credits earned at Eastern Gateway Community College will transfer directly to a four-year baccalaureate program. Qualifying students may apply for the T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship.
The Prekindergarten Care and Education Program is designed to provide the educational background needed for graduates to pursue careers in preschool/childcare centers, and to meet state licensing requirements for an administrator as specified by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Licensing Rules, #5101:2-12-25. Students will be required to complete practicum experiences throughout their program in a variety of settings. Candidates will be eligible to obtain an Educational Paraprofessional or Early Childhood Associate License from the Ohio Department of Education. Students desiring to complete this degree should first check with their respective state’s department of education on their eligibility for licensure.
This option blends the early childhood preschool courses, which stress the care of the child from birth through age 4, with early childhood education courses required by the state of Ohio. Requirements for entrance into the Prekindergarten Care and Education program include a state and federal background check. Students should reach out to their local law enforcement agency as to the steps required to successfully complete their records check. The Field Experience Handbook (December 2021) provides the necessary documentation and points of contact for this process. A current (not more than one year old) BCI/FBI background check must be on file at the college at the start of your field experience.
Upon completion of the Prekindergarten Care and Education Program, the graduate will be able to:
• Apply principles of human growth, development and learning to the teaching of young children. • Plan appropriate learning experiences for individual children and groups of children. • Develop appropriate educational practices for young children to promote communication skills, and to foster the growth of skills in problem solving, decision making and critical thinking. • Recognize individual needs and use appropriate teaching strategies to address children’s differences in developmental levels, ethnic backgrounds and learning styles. • Use effective communication skills with children, families and coworkers. • Recognize emergencies and provide appropriate first aid and CPR. • Assist in designing an environment for child guidance, including daily program structure, to create and sustain a positive learning environment for children. • Prevent, recognize and manage communicable diseases including the protection of child care staff members. • Assist in initiating assistance for recognized child abuse and neglect. • Meet the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services requirements for child daycare providers.
The Environmental Science Program, leading to an Associate of Science Degree, is designed for the student desiring entry level positions in environmental science, green collar jobs, natural resources, resource management, or for those students transferring to a four-year institution with the desire to complete a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Science. Completed course work also may lead to other fields in biological sciences. Field work, an internship and a portfolio of the student’s work will be required for completion of the degree. The water/wastewater course work provides necessary information to apply for the examination to become a certified Class A, I, II, III or IV water supply, water distribution, wastewater treatment or wastewater collection operator in the state of Ohio.
Environmental Science with Water and Wastewater Course Grid
The Environmental Science Program, leading to an Associate of Science Degree, is designed for the student desiring entry level positions in environmental science, green collar jobs, natural resources, resource management, or for those students transferring to a four-year institution with the desire to complete a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Science. Completed course work also may lead to other fields in biological sciences. Field work, an internship and a portfolio of the student’s work will be required for completion of the Associate of Science Degree in Environmental Science.
Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will have:
• An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and environmental monitoring techniques to problem solving processes. • An ability to design and conduct laboratory experiments and to critically analyze and interpret data. • An ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs with realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, health and safety, manufacturing and sustainability. • An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams. • An ability to identify, formulate and solve environmental problems. • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility and understand as well as interpret current law, policy and procedure. • An ability to communicate effectively. • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of environmental solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context. • Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning. • Knowledge of contemporary issues. • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern environmental science necessary for modern environmental practices.
The one year certificate program will prepare the student to take the required Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC) certification test to qualify as a police officer in the state of Ohio. The one year program, which consists of 34 credit hours of instruction, hands on training and physical conditioning, exceeds the minimum OPOTC curriculum requirements. Classes are scheduled Monday–Friday from 5–10:30 p.m. with some weekend sessions. Students must attend a mandatory orientation prior to the beginning of the semester.
The first step in the application process is to determine program eligibility. The following guidelines established by OPOTC must be met in order to qualify for an “open enrollment” spot in the program (not sponsored by a police department).
1. Citizen of the United States
2. 18 years of age
3. High school graduate or equivalent (GED)
4. Possess a valid driver’s license
5. No felony convictions. This may include felony convictions that have been sealed or expunged.
6. No domestic violence convictions
An integral part of the Police Academy curriculum is physical fitness and subject control (Defensive Tactics). Police Academy students are required to pass minimum physical conditioning as determined by OPOTC. These include timed pushups and sit-ups, a 1.5-mile run as well as other agility standards.
Those students who fail to meet the physical conditioning standards by the end of the second semester will not be permitted to sit for the certification exam.
In addition to purchasing books the student will need the following equipment:
3. Gun belt
4. Extra magazines/case
5. Belt keepers
Students seeking alternate financing should see the academy commander.
The one-year program at EGCC will prepare the student to take the required Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC) certification test to qualify as a police officer in the state of Ohio. The one- year (two semester) program, which consists of 33 credit hours of instruction, hands on training and physical conditioning, exceeds the minimum OPOTC curriculum requirements. Classes are scheduled Monday–Friday for 4 or 5 evening hours from 5–10 PM OR 5:30-9:30 PM with some weekend sessions. YOUR FIRST STEP is to complete the online enrollment and FAFSA application. If you plan to pursuit financial aid, you MUST have your high school transcript and any college transcripts sent to EGCC.
Students are required to contact the policy academy commander, (740) 266-9675, to arrange an appointment for the PT Test and to complete the necessary paperwork required by the Attorney General.
Eligibility Requirements The following guidelines established by OPOTC must be met in order to qualify for the policy academy.
1. Citizen of the United States 2. 18 years of age 3. High school graduate or GED 4. Possess a valid driver’s license 5. No felony convictions. This may include felony convictions that have been sealed or expunged. 6. No domestic violence convictions
AS OF JANUARY 1, 2017, ALL APPLICANTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO PASS A PHYSICAL CONDITIONING TEST. THE TEST CONSISTS OF A 1 1/2 MILE RUN, PUSH UPS AND SIT UPS.
An integral part of the academy curriculum is physical fitness program. Police Academy students are required to pass minimum physical conditioning as determined by OPOTC at the end of the academy. These include timed push ups and sit ups, a 1.5-mile run and other agility standards. Those students who fail to meet the physical conditioning standards by the end of the second semester will not be permitted to sit for the certification exam.
In addition to purchasing books the student will need the following equipment:
1. Firearm/holster 2. Handcuffs/case 3. Gun belt 4. Extra magazines/case 5. Belt keepers 6. Flashlight/holder
The field of criminal justice is never static. Changes in national and global society and technology have the collateral effect of altering the manner in which the justice system operates. Employment in criminal justice not only requires an individual to know how to perform duties but a further understanding of why these endeavors are necessary and what the anticipated outcomes are to accomplish is imperative.
Such knowledge is achieved through an understanding of the criminal justice system, the building of critical-thinking skills to understand, analyze, and synthesize problems and topics, and through the development of writing and interpersonal communication skills.
In order to achieve these desired attributes, the Criminal Justice Program has been developed into an interdisciplinary course of study merging the liberal arts and technical studies into a well-balanced curriculum. A degree in criminal justice provides a foundation for employment in the criminal justice field, for continuation to a four-year degree-granting institution, and serves as a basis for advanced studies.
The core courses provide a basic understanding of the nature of and society’s reaction to crime as well as an in-depth explanation of the various components within the criminal justice system. The technically related electives offered in the program allow the student to take courses more specific to his or her area of concentration providing a well-rounded and academically enriching course of study.
Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will be able to:
• Identify and discuss the components of the justice system and recurring ethical issues. • Compare and contrast the criminological explanations of crime and criminality. • Describe the role, function, and responsibilities of American law enforcement at the local, state, and federal levels. • Summarize the function of American corrections and organize the process of justice as it relates to correctional involvement. • Explain the categories of laws, describe the elements of a crime, and discuss the constitutional rights afforded by the justice system