Educating a diverse population in the liberal arts

For personal, professional and global responsibility

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Notre Dame College education majors are serving communities while practicing their profession in an innovative community and campus partnership during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Division of Professional Education and Career Services Center at the College are teaming up to place education students in need of field experiences as tutors with families whose children are being affected by COVID limitations in schools. There is no charge for the service, but some parents do offer wages.

More than 150 education majors enrolled in seven different courses at Noter Dame each needed to spend between 10 and 30 hours engaged in observing, interviewing, teaching or instructing this semester. Options in schools, however, have been reduced due to pandemic protocols. Career Services, therefore, is helping the college students find positions as tutors with families whose children are learning remotely.

“We have an exciting opportunity to be of service to the communities around us in this endeavor,” said Sue Corbin, Ph.D., chair of the Division of Professional of Education at the College. “This as a way for teacher candidates to get field experience hours, to help area families and to gain valuable practice as educators. Imagine the stories they will be able to tell in years to come about how they helped to educate children during the COVID-19 pandemic!”

While some field experiences require the supervision of licensed teachers, candidates in those courses can still work as tutors to add to their curriculum vitae, Corbin said.

Students pursing bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education at the college develop specialties in early, middle, adolescent and young adult, and K-12 special education across all subject areas. They also can pursue certificates in autism and dyslexia education and concentrations in health and physical education and coaching.

Notre Dame has been training educators for nearly 100 years who value dignity, diversity and collaboration. The College is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, while the Division of Professional Education at the College is fully accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Preparation (CAEP).

Northeast Ohio community members in need of tutors can email Parents will receive a survey to specify their needs and expectations, and Career Services will match families with available education students. The College may not be be able to fulfill every request.

“Career Services is always in support of offering experiential learning opportunities for our students and is honored to do so with the education department,” said April Kennedy, lead certified career coach at the Notre Dame Career Services Center. “We believe this will benefit our communities and our students.”

September 2020


About Notre Dame College

For almost a century, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master’s degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information contact Brian Johnston, chief communications officer, at 216.373.5252 or