Even though Ohio has made changes to its requirements for educational licensure, the University of Dayton Department of Educational Administration (EDA) continues to adapt. In the beginning of April, the department held a workshop that prepared students for the examination required to become superintendents and principals in Ohio.
The Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE) replaced the Praxis examination and is used as a tool to gauge students’ knowledge in four specific areas: visionary and inclusive leadership, student learning, systems for capacity building and resource management, and educational law.
“We see this as a departmental initiative, a continuation of our program,” said Charles Russo, Panzer Chair in Education. “It’s not just come, pay your tuition and never hear from us again. We want to be able to help [students] continue in their careers.”
Russo helped craft a workshop for the Praxis exam prior to its replacement and joined Larry Smith, clinical faculty in EDA, and David Dolph, department chair, to put together this OAE workshop after sensing a need for such preparation from students.
“For some, the passing rate has been significantly lower across the state,” Dolph said. “It’s a tougher test, so from that standpoint we really felt the need to provide this opportunity for people to help them.”
“Because we are concerned about whether or not they pass this test,” Smith added.
During the workshop, students were able to ask questions about the exam, as well as review the four main sections of the test with EDA faculty members. There was also a session for students who previously took the exam to share their experiences with workshop attendees.
This month’s session was a success, but the future of the workshop holds even more promise as the faculty makes changes influenced by student feedback. According to Smith, the upcoming workshops will spend more time showing students where to find practice tools for the exam, as well as more conversations with students who have previously taken the exam.
The department intends on making this workshop a regular program with the next session scheduled for fall. For more information, visit the EDA site.