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Education Programs

The accomplishments 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. With additional education, many graduates also work as principals, superintendents, and in specialty positions such as guidance counselors and curriculum coordinators.

Field experiences in schools, an important part of the program, begin as early as the freshman year, continue through a variety of classroom settings, and culminate in a supervised student teaching experience during the senior year.

Educators who have already completed their baccalaureate degree and have a teaching license may choose to enroll in Defiance College's Master of Arts in Education program. 

Undergraduate Programs

Admission and Requirements

Defiance College offers the following majors leading to teacher licensure:

Undergraduate Endorsement Programs
   Middle Childhood Generalist Endorsement
   Early Childhood Generalist Endorsement

Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in Education


Defiance College's Teacher Education Program has been designated as CAEP Eligible by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation. This designation indicates that application for full accreditation is in process.  All teacher licensure programs have been nationally recognized (approved) by either the appropriate professional organization or the Ohio Department of Higher Education in Early Childhood; Middle Childhood, Language Arts/Reading, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies; Adolescent to Young Adult in Integrated Language Arts, Integrated Mathematics, Integrated Social Studies, Life Sciences, and Life Sciences and Chemistry; and Multi-age in Intervention Specialist: Mild-to-Moderate.

View more information on the performance of our program completers.


Ohio Education Licensure

Since the Ohio Department of Education periodically changes teacher licensure requirements, the College reserves the right to modify its programs and requirements to meet changing state standards. The professional courses and the teaching fields outlined will meet the current state standards for teacher licensure in Ohio. Students interested in teaching in another state are advised to contact that state's department of education to determine if the Ohio teaching license will transfer to a comparable license in that state.


Carla Higgins, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Education
Director of Education
Phone: 419-783-2571

Clarissa Barnes, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Associate Professor of Special Education

Director of the Hench Autism Studies Program
Phone: 419-783-2355

Jo Ann Burkhardt, Ph.D.
Professor of Education

Phone: 419-783-2315

Fred Coulter, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Education

Phone: 419-783-2416

Amanda Gilbert, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Education
Phone: 419-783-2473

Rachel Eicher, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor of Practice of Early Childhood Education

Phone: 419-783-2373

Support Staff

Teresa Watkins
Administrative Assistant for Education
Phone: 419-783-2323