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Education Department Awarded for Excellence in Field Experience Programs

Franciscan's education department partners with 20 schools and programs.

Posted:  2012-05-08  

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STEUBENVILLE, OH—Franciscan University of Steubenville's Education Department recently received the Outstanding Field Experience Award from the Ohio Association of Teacher Education (OATE) for its exceptional student teaching, internship, and clinical programs.

At a recent awards ceremony held in Columbus, Franciscan was recognized by OATE officials for its field programs, which "significantly contribute to the professional development of pre-service teachers." OATE represents 51 colleges and universities throughout Ohio that work to prepare future teachers.

Franciscan University partners with 20 schools and programs to immerse its students in real teaching environments. The students observe, assist teachers, and work in small groups and one-on-one with students. Later, they learn hands-on skills as they begin to teach in the classrooms.

Franciscan also offers placement programs for intervention specialist training. In these programs, students work with troubled youth, teaching social skills, anger management, and literacy. Students also work with children with special needs and disorders, such as autism, where they learn how to design specific curriculums for these children.

"These placements help students decide which age group or disability area they want to teach in, and this allows them to practice skills in real-time, real-world environments," said Dr. Kaybeth Calabria, associate professor of education at Franciscan University.

Students also combine hands-on experience with their university course work and participate in summer camps, mission trips, and other volunteer work in the community for additional field experience.

Franciscan even has a field experience program in Gaming, Austria, the home of its acclaimed study-abroad program. Facilitated by Dr. Tiffany Boury, assistant professor of education at Franciscan University, ELISA (English Learners in a Specialized Atmosphere), allows students to enter Austrian schools, where they assist in the classroom and experience Austrian culture. The program was instituted in the spring of 2010.

Franciscan University partners with the following schools and programs:


Diocese of Steubenville
Steubenville City Schools
Indian Creek School District


Jefferson County Alternative School
Steubenville City Schools—Success For All Training
ELISA Program—Gaming, Austria
Steubenville Parks and Recreation—After-School Tutoring and Art Programs
Steubenville Diocese—Bishop John King Mussio—Mathematics Tutoring
Hancock County Schools—RTI


Brooke County Schools
Buckeye Local Schools
Diocese of Steubenville
Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston
Edison Local Schools
Hancock County Schools
Harrison Hills Schools
Indian Creek Schools
Jefferson County JVS
PA Cyber School
Steubenville City Schools
Toronto City Schools
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