MVNU has the preparation of teachers as one of its major purposes. The Teacher Education Program has been providing quality programs which integrate collegiate classroom instruction in theory and research to practice in PreK-12 classrooms and clinical settings since 1975.
When MVNU first opened its doors as a two-year institution, the intention to provide teacher education was evidenced by the inclusion of a faculty member and introductory courses in education. As the university moved toward offering bachelor's degrees, the need to gain approval from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) became apparent. In 1974, a Director of Teacher Education was hired to initiate the process.
The first on-site visitation in February 1975, followed by another visit in February, 1977, resulted in approval of all education programs. ODE approval of the MVNU Teacher Education Programs has persisted continually since then, allowing the institution to realize one of its major purposes.
In 1995 a Master of Arts in Education was approved by the Ohio Board of Regents and North Central Association. The first cohort began with 22 students in the fall of that year. Subsequently, each fall a new cohort of teachers has chosen to increase classroom teaching effectiveness by enrolling in the Curriculum and Instruction Program.
Approval for a second masterís level program leading to licensure occurred in 2002. The Professional Educatorís License Program (PEL) allows individuals with a non-education Bachelorís degree to earn a teaching license. The PEL program currently has cohorts at the Mount Vernon campus, Polaris, Newark, Gahanna, Mansfield, and Sharonville.
In 2008 a third master's level program began preparing Intervention Specialists to work with special education children and teens. Plans include offering this program on the main campus as well as all other sites as interest and enrollment grows.
There are 14 undergraduate Teacher Preparation Programs available at MVNU. Teacher education majors represent approximately 20% of MVNU's traditional undergraduates and 90% of students in its graduate programs.