Adolescent to Young Adult Education Program - Major - Defiance College - Defiance, Ohio

Adolescent and Young Adult Licensure

(grades 7 through 12)

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When students reach seventh grade, they shift from talking about one or two teachers to a whole host of them.

English teacher Mrs. X makes Macbeth come alive.

Biology teacher Mr. Y dissects a fetal pig to show how the circulatory system works.

Geometry teacher Ms. Z proves that her passion for theorems and isosceles triangles can be infectious.

History teacher Mr. Q. uncovers the origins of the wars they see on the news.

At Defiance College, education majors working towards adolescent and young adult licensure take the subject they most love and learn to teach it well.

As adolescents become distinct individuals with specialized interests, their teachers work within their own specialized fields to prepare them not only for college or employment, but for the complexities of living in the world.

Teachers who teach what they love change the world for their students. Be one.



A Rich Tradition

Defiance College has a rich teacher education heritage. For more than 100 years, the College has prepared and graduated teachers who not only teach, but become principals and superintendents as well. The success of Defiance College education graduates rests in part on the rapport established with area schools and the caring, personal attention given to each student by the experienced faculty. In addition to exceeding state minimum requirements, the program has many other strengths.
Holders of an Early Childhood License or Adolescent and Young Adult License can add a Middle Childhood License in one content area with the appropriate content and education course work. See the Head of Teacher education for details.

The Teacher Education Program Handbook



The Faculty 

Clarissa Barnes,  Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Special Education,  
Director of Hench Autism Studies Program
419-783-2355 |

Jo Ann Burkhardt, Ph.D., Professor of Education
419-783-2315 | | Profile

Fred Coulter, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Education
419-783-2416 |  | Profile

Rachel Eicher, Assistant Professor of Practice of Early Childhood Education
419-783-2373 |