INSPIRE THE NEXT GENERATION
Our engineering education major is the first of its kind in Ohio and one of the first in the nation. The program will prepare you to become a licensed secondary math teacher with a specialized engineering perspective. You’ll receive a solid foundation in engineering, mathematics and education. You’ll take core engineering courses and then broaden your engineering knowledge through six technical electives in your areas of interest.
Our academic program is rigorous. Expect to work hard and be challenged. But there’s no need to stress, because we offer a supportive and collaborative environment. Your professors, fellow engineering students and ONU alumni will become your friends and family. They will help you succeed and open doors for you.
The engineering education program blends challenging coursework with real-world learning. You’ll work on team projects and solve engineering challenges. You’ll go out into the community and local schools to work with children, introducing them to engineering with fun, hands-on projects that you design and develop. You’ll learn how to communicate effectively and develop engineering design projects, lesson plans and curricula for middle school and high school students. These skills are essential for every successful teacher.
Upon graduation, you’ll become an ambassador for the engineering profession – ready to have a positive impact on young people and to change the world!
SCHOOL DAYS, FUN DAYS
Local school children claim it’s THE best day of the entire school year. And you’ll help plan it! The “STEM Academy” is a fun-filled day of interactive engineering projects facilitated by ONU engineering students. School children get to do cool things like creating trigger–controlled alarm systems and designing trusses from spaghetti. As an engineering education major, you’ll play a lead role in the STEM Academy – developing hands-on activities to get fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders excited about engineering.
ONU started the first – and only – undergraduate chapter of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Members of this group participate in regional and national conferences, host social activities, and participate in STEM outreach programs.
TYLER HERTENSTEIN BS ’15
The best aspect of the engineering education program is its diversity. I took mechanical, electrical and civil engineering and computer science classes the entire four years as well as math and education classes. It taught me how to be a strong learner who could master a new subject in a short time. It also provided me with the opportunity to pursue a large variety of careers.
Tyler Hertenstein graduated with a Bachelor of Science in engineering education in spring 2015 and is currently an engineering, computer science and mathematics teacher at the Metro Institute of Technology in Columbus, Ohio. While at ONU, he helped to plan the STEM Academy, traveled to the Dominican Republic to show local teachers how to integrate engineering into their lessons, and spent a summer at Olin College in Massachusetts working on a research project with engineering students from across the country. He also student-taught at Allen East High School in Lima, Ohio, and interned in web applications development at Plumbline Solutions in Findlay, Ohio.
OUTCOMES AND COURSES
- The engineering education program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
- The math education component of our engineering education program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
- ONU education students have achieved a 100 percent passage rate for the past five years on the teacher licensure exam.
- 100 percent of our engineering education majors have found full-time jobs or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.
You’ll need 128 credit hours to earn your Bachelor of Science (BS) in engineering education. We encourage you to use your elective hours to pursue courses or a minor that will align with your interests and passions.
Here are some courses you’ll take as an engineering education major:
- Communications in the Classroom
- Electric Circuits
- Computer Applications
- Development Across the Lifespan
- Educational Psychology
- Exceptional Learners
- Curriculum and Assessment
- Integrated Mathematics Methods
- Student Teaching
WHERE COULD YOU END UP?
- Engineering teacher at a middle or high school, specializing in pre-engineering coursework, like Project Lead the Way
- Traditional engineer working in governmentor industry
- Corporate technical trainer or sales engineer
- Education researcher, working in testing, textbook development, or on-line education programming
- Higher education employee in recruitment or STEM outreach
Check out where some of our recent engineering education graduates have landed: engineering, computer science and mathematics teacher at Metro Institute of Technology; middle school teacher at Wapakoneta City Schools; instructional designer at Honda North America; graduate student in engineering education at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
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