Education | Cincinnati Christian University


The Education Department is a proud member of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation and has earned national accreditation through the Teacher Education Accreditation Council.

Program Description

The CCU Education Department is a program of excellence. We offer small class sizes and varied experiences in schools in and around the Cincinnati area. Students who major in education have the opportunity to earn a degree and a teaching license. Course work provides a theoretical and developmental understanding of students within the selected licensure area. Teacher candidates complete extensive field experiences, which provide practical understanding and application of teaching methods. Graduates are qualified to teach in private and public schools.

Education degree programs are nationally accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and are approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE). Teaching licenses are awarded by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE).

Cincinnati Christian University Teacher Education Program, which is designed to prepare competent, collaborative, caring, and reflective practitioners, is granted Accreditation by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) for a period of seven years, from 2016-2023. TEAC has now merged to become CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation). This accreditation certifies that the forenamed professional education program has provided evidence that the program adheres to TEAC’s quality principles.

Teacher Licensure Test Scores Pass Rate: 98%

Number of Field/ Clinical Hours Prior to Student Teaching: 225

Number of weeks required for student teaching: 14

Percentage of students who satisfactorily complete student teaching: 100%

Number of Graduates 2017-2018:  13

Job placement of 2017-2018 graduates:  54%

Student Loan Default Rate: 8.6 for FY 2014

Graduation Rates: 91%

Student Teachers are evaluated using the CPAST scoring rubric.

0: Does not meet expectations

1: Emerging

2: Meets expectations

3: Exceeds expectations


For 2017/2018 CCU graduates scored an average of 2.19 on Instructional Effectiveness.

For 2017/2018 CCU graduates scored an average of 2.54 on Planning for Instruction and Assessment.

For 2017/2018 CCU graduates scored an average of 2.38 on Assessment.

Meet Our Team

Sandi Beam


Sandi Beam

Education 513.244.8628 [email protected]

Sandra Beam is the Dean of the School of Education & Behavioral Sciences and an Associate Professor in the Education Department.  She holds a PhD in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Literacy from the University of Cincinnati.  She has an Ohio teaching license in the area of Early Childhood, including the Reading Endorsement.  She teaches literacy related coursework, such as Reading Methods, Phonics & Linguistics, and Children’s Literature.  Her research focuses on integrating technology with the writing development of young learners.  She began teaching at CCU in 2008.


Professor of Education (2008) BS, Cincinnati Christian University; MEd, Xavier University; PhD, University of Cincinnati

Melissa Hess


Melissa Hess

Education 513.244.8199 [email protected]

Melissa Hess is a professor in the Education Department at CCU. Her focuses in teaching include child development, educational theory and the integration of technology and the arts in the elementary school classroom. In addition to her teaching, she serves as the chair of the Education Department, and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Melissa began teaching at CCU in 2013.


Assistant Professor of Education (2013). Education Department Chair. BA, Eastern Kentucky University; M.Ed., Old Dominion University.