In 1984 she graduated Poltava Music College of M.V. Lysenko by specialty “Piano”, worked as teacher in piano studies of music school of Poltava. In 1985 she entered Poltava State Pedagogical Institute of V.G. Korolenko by specialty “Pedagogics and Methodology of Primary Education. Music”. In student years she was the member of pedagogical club “Sprout” and captain of this club, participated in All-Union contests of pedagogical mastery, production of film “Teacher, who is waited”. After graduation Institute with honour in 1991 was recommended for postgraduate studies and by distribution she was left at Institute at position of assistant of Department of Music and Singing.
Student of scientific school of pedagogical mastery of academician I.A.Ziaziun. In 1997 she defended by his supervision Candidate thesis: «Praparation of teacher of primary classes for educational work at school (on material of singing folklore)», specialty 13.00.04 – “Theory and methodology of professional education”. In 2009 she has defended doctoral thesis by specialty 13.00.04 on theme: “Art in system of development of creative individuality of future pedagogue of professional education” (scientific consultant the academician I.A. Ziaziun). In 2011 she had obtained scientific title of Professor by same specialty.
Since 1997-1998 she worked as teacher of Department of Music and Singing of Poltava State Pedagogical Institute of V.G. Korolenko. In 1998 she was removed to Institute of Pedagogics and Psychology of Professional Education of Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine (today Institute of Pedagogical Education and Education of Adults of National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine) for position of scientific worker of Laboratory of Pedagogics and Psychology of Art Education. Since 1998 till 2015 she worked at Institute at positions of scientific, senior scientific worker, Head of Department, Scientific Secretary, Deputy Director of Scientific Work, Executive Director of Institute, senior scientific worker of Department of Pedagogical Mastery. In March 2015 she was removed for position of Head scientific worker of Department of Policy and Government in Higher Education of Institute of Higher Education of National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine. Since April till December 2015 she worked as Director of Scientific and Research Institute of State Higher Educational Institution “University of Educational Management” of National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine. Since April till December 2015 – executive director of Consortium of Institutions of Postgraduate education and Ukrainian Open University of Postgraduate Education.
Olena Otych was member of Specialized Scientific Councils:
- D.26.451.01 at Institute of Pedagogical Education and Education of Adults of National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine (member of Council since 2009, Deputy Head of Specialized Scientific Council, Head of Expert Council – since January 2014, Executive Head of Specialized Scientific Council since September 2014 till July 2015);
- D. 26.458.01 at Institute of Professional and Technical Education of National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine (Member of Council since 2015 till 2016);
- K. 26.451.02 (specialty 19.00.07 – Pedagogical and Age Psychology) at Institute of Pedagogical Education and Education of Adults of National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine (Member of Council since 2004 till 2007).
Since 2009 Olena Otych was the Member of Scientific and Methodological Commission of Professional Pedagogics, Psychology and Contents of Professional and Technical Education of Scientific and Methodological Council in Issues of Education of Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine. Since 2015 – the Member of International Academy of Culture Safety, Ecology and Health and Academy of International Cooperation of Creative Pedagogics.
She was awarded with Diploma of Superior Council of Ukraine (2003), Order “For Merits” of 3rd grade (2013), Medal of National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine “Ushynskyi K.D.” (2013), Honoured Diploma (2014), Diploma (2004), Gratitude Diploma of National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine (2014), Honoured Diplomas, Diplomas and Gratitude Diplomas of Institute of Training of Education of Adults of National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine; Diploma and Gratitude Diploma of State Higher Educational Institution “University of Educational Management” of Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine (2015); Medal of Nominal Watch of Cherkasy State University of Bohdan Khmelnytskyi (2013); Honoured Diplomas of International Exhibitions “Modern Education in Ukraine (2011, 2013, 2014)”, “Education and Career” (2012, 2015), “Modern Institutions of Education” (2013, 2014), “Innovations in Modern Education – 2012, 2013, 2015” and other.
Otych O. is multiply winner of contests of National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine of the best Scientific Work: Diplomas of 1st grade (2005), 2nd grade (2008) and 3rd grade (2011). Laureate of National Contest “Famous Scientific Achievements – 2013”, Laureate of Title “The best Educational Worker of Year” in nomination “Leave me in testimony the best thought” by rating of weekly paper “Education”.
She researches the issues of:
- Development of postgraduate education in context of European Integration and realization of Educational Strategy of UNESCO;
- Improvement of professional mastery and culture of different categories of pedagogical workers, development of their creative individuality;
- Working out and implementation of innovative approaches for preparation, qualification improvement, re-training, specialization and training of leading, scientific and pedagogical and pedagogical personnel in system of open postgraduate education;
- Theory and Methodology of Pedagogical and Art Education.
Olena Otych works under working out of aesthetic and ethical basis of pedagogical mastery, personal development and forming of professional experience of pedagogues in the system of higher and postgraduate education.
She formed new direction of pedagogical researches in issues of art pedagogics and pedagogical aesthetic, grounded methodological, conceptual, theoretical and methodological basis of art pedagogics as new pedagogical subdiscipline.
Olena Otych heads scientific school in issues of pedagogical mastery and creative individuality of lecturer of higher school with means of art pedagogics. Under scientific supervision of Otych O.M. 1 Doctor and 14 Candidates of Pedagogical Sciences.
She participated in preparation of area Conception of continuous pedagogical education (2013), Conceptions of long-term development pedagogical and psychological sciences (for period till 2025) (2015), Project of Conception of Development of National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine 2016-2022 (2016). The Participant of Round Tables of Committee of Superior Council of Ukraine in Issues of Science and Education (2013).
Author over 300 scientific works and publications, among them 11 monographies, 1 textbook, 13 educational and educational and methodical manuals, 1 educational and methodical complex (in 3 parts), 1 complex test, 6 articles in “Encyclopedia of Modern Ukraine”.
Head, Deputy Head, Responsible Secretary and Member of Editorial Collegiums, 16 collections of scientific papers, among which 2 are formed personally by her.
Olena Otych – initiator and organizer of 2 International summer schools of pedagogical mastery, 13 International pedagogical and art readings in memory of Professor O.P. Rudnytska, 2 International and All-Ukrainian contests of scientific and methodical literature in issues of pedagogical and art education, 4 presentations of scientific and methodological literature in issues of pedagogical and art education. By results of this events there were published 10 editions of collected volume of materials of Rudnytska readings “Pedagogy mastery as system of profession and art competences”.
Olena Otych supervises 2 All-Ukrainian experiments, which held by Order of Ministry of Education of Ukraine.
She executes active international cooperation with scientists of Poland, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Israel, France. Takes part in foreign conferences. She is member of scientific committee of III International scientific conference «The Educational and Social World of a Child: Between Institutional Space, Open Public Space and CyberSpace» (3 March 2016, Poznan, Poland)