Bunce School of Education & Liberal Arts

Bunce School of Education & Liberal Arts

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The Bunce School of Education & Liberal Arts at University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College holds a shared vision for its program, candidates and community. The University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College Bunce Bunce School of Education & Liberal Arts provides a challenging environment in which teacher candidates develop into professional individuals and are sensitive to Appalachian values. Our institution offers access to a professional career through a unique community college/private university configuration. An example of Rio Grande’s unique nature is that through a particular program alignment, teacher candidates at University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College may opt for some combination of a two, plus two, plus two program which will take them almost seamlessly from a two-year Associate’s Degree to a four year Bachelor’ Degree and into a two year Master’s program. This allows the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College to open “Windows to the Future” for our candidates at all degree and licensure levels.

Teacher Education Program

The Teacher Education Program includes all programs within the School of Education that lead to teacher licensure. These programs are: Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education (age 3-grade 3),  Early Childhood (age 3grade 3) and Intervention Specialist (K-12), Middle Childhood, Adolescent to Young Adult, Multi-Age, Early Childhood Associate, and Career-Technical. The Career-Technical Licensure program is available for individuals with specialized work experience who are teaching within a Career-Technical school setting. 

Teacher Education Conceptual Framework

The Bunce School of Education at the University of Rio Grande (URG) recognizes the core values of our Appalachian culture, especially ties to community and place and connection to family. URG is a teaching and service institution whose primary focus is to provide educational opportunities and open “The Windows to the Future” for students of Appalachia in Southeast Ohio. This purpose is in alignment with the mission of the institution, historically and today.

The Bunce School of Education faculty provide the parameter for their conceptual framework through the theme of “Windows to the Future” which is accomplished through the Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession. Three main organizers dominate the framework: the Focus of Teaching and Learning, the Conditions for Teaching, and Teaching as a Profession.

Education Degree Programs

Masters of Education (CAEP Accredited)

Bachelor of Science in the licensure areas (CAEP Accredited)

Middle Childhood

 Math, Language Arts and Social Studies

Adolescent to Young Adult

Social Studies, Language Arts, and Math



Health, Physical Education, and Visual Arts

Associate Degree Programs

Career-Technical Teaching

Associate of Applied Science


Associate of Applied Science


Other Academic Opportunities

Minor in Health

Bachelor of Arts or Science

Minor in Sensory Impairment Education

Bachelor of Arts or Science

Liberal Arts Degree Programs

An Individualized Degree Program is available for students whose plans and needs appear to differ from all established degree programs.

For more information, or to schedule a visit, contact: 

Learning Outcomes

The student will demonstrate:

  • A knowledge base in their area of licensure
  • A knowledge base of teaching principles and practices
  • A depth of field experiences involving diverse public school populations
  • Knowledge of incorporating Reading into instructional practice


The University of Rio Grande is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). The Teacher Education unit has been approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education and accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

CAEP Annual Reporting Measures

Ohio Educator Preparation Provider Performance Report 2018

Ohio Educator Preparation Provider Performance Report 2020


Admission to the Teacher Education Program


The application for admission to the Teacher Education Program will be completed during the student’s enrollment in EDU 20403 Planning for Instruction. Enrollment in upper level (30000-40000) education (EDU) courses is only allowed upon satisfaction of the following standards:

3.0 GPA in 3 classesENG 11103, 11203, and COM 11103
Overall 2.5 GPAIn 27 General Education hours
ACT score of 19For score of 17 or 18, see the Education Dept. Chair
Submit 2 essays“The URG Conceptual Framework” and “My Philosophy of Education”Completed during EDU 20403 and EDU 10303
Sign a statement of Good Moral Character as defined in Section 3319.30 of the Ohio Revised Code
A clear background check Apply through the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI)Available at the URG Bookstore
Current, clear tuberculosis test (TB) Test is available through URG Health Services
Pass an interviewSatisfactory rating by panel of EDU faculty

Measures of Academic Aptitude and Achievement

The following methods are used as measures of academic aptitude and achievement for selection and diagnosis of strengths and needs of potential teacher education candidates:

1. GPA (GPA): GPAs will be calculated by the Chair of the School of Education by using institutional transcripts. A 3.0 GPA is required in communication courses (Comp I, Comp II and Speech), and an overall GPA of 2.5 in at least twenty-seven (27) semester hours of the general education coursework.

2. ACT: A composite score of at least 19 on the ACT is required. All students who desire consideration for acceptance into Teacher Education must take the ACT or have a Bachelor Degree. There is no limit to the number of times the student may take the ACT.

3. Utilization of Program Tests: The Praxis I Test is used to provide a standardized measure of knowledge and skills in the areas of reading, mathematics, and writing which are considered essential for successful completion of the Teacher Education Program. School of Education requirements may be adjusted periodically to comply with changing state requirements. A candidate may repeat any part of the test that the candidate did not pass. A scheduled consultation with the Head of Teacher Education is required if the candidate does not pass all areas of the Praxis I Test in two attempts. A score of 21 or greater on the ACT or a Bachelor’s Degree will allow the student to circumvent Praxis I.

4. Essays: Candidates must submit two essays to be reviewed by faculty: “The Conceptual Framework,” and “My Philosophy of Education.” The essays will be reviewed by faculty. If not approved by faculty, the candidate must resubmit the essay or essays.

5. Moral Character Statement: Candidates must sign a statement of Good Moral Character as defined in Section 3319.30 of the Ohio Revised Code. This statement alerts the candidate to the fact that teachers must be of good moral character. Before a student receives admission to the School of Education or a licensure in teacher education, the student must submit fingerprints for a criminal background check. No person may receive a teacher license that does not have a clear BCI & FBI Check. All questions regarding convictions need to be addressed to the Office of Professional Conduct at the Ohio Department of Education.

6. Candidates enrolled in any courses with field experience must complete the following: The candidate must have a background check (BCI) with clear results. Clearance of BCI is required for Ohio Dept. of Education licensure, but does not guarantee employment clearance. BCI check is available through the Campus Bookstore.

7. Candidates must have a current, negative TB test. TB tests are available through Health Services.

Field Experience & Clinical Practice

Faculty & Staff



Assistant Professor of Communication
(740) 245-7489
Associate Professor of Education
(740) 245-7159
Professor of Education
(740) 245-7346
Professor of Art
(740) 245-7417
Assistant Professor of Education
(740) 245-7335
Assistant Professor of Education
(740) 245-7329
Assistant Professor of Career-Technical Education
(740) 245-7336
Assistant Professor of Education
(740) 245-7331
Professor of History
(740) 245-7374


The Bunce School of Education & Liberal Arts are located in Anniversary Hall, Wood Hall & John W. Berry Fine and Performing Arts Center on the University of Rio Grande & Rio Grande Community College campus.

Business hours: 8-5 Monday – Friday

For more information contact:

Annivesary Hall

Anniversary Hall at the University of Rio Grande & Rio Grande Community College

Wood Hall

John W. Berry Fine and Performing Arts Center

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