Carla Higgins

Carla Higgins, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Education
Director of Education

Office: Defiance Hall, Room 104A
Phone: 419-783-2571

Dr. Carla Higgins came to Defiance College in 2015 from Newark, Ohio. She became full-time in July as an Assistant Professor of Education and the Director of Education. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Education in Early and Middle Childhood Education from the Ohio State University.

Upon completion of those degrees, Dr. Higgins taught third grade in Newark City Schools. She also worked in the school system as a K-5 literacy coach and trained nationally at Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass. While earning her Ph.D. in Teacher Education and Literacy from OSU in Columbus, she taught courses in teacher education, provided research support, and supervised teaching candidates in the greater Columbus area. Once she attained her Ph.D., Dr. Higgins continued to teach courses and supervise teacher candidates at OSU Newark. She served as a consultant for several school districts in Central Ohio. 

Her current research interests include clinical experiences, teacher-student relationships, and teacher dispositions. Her work in the professional community includes collaboration with P-12 partners, providing professional development for licensed teachers, and supporting projects that bring multiple agencies together to improve school experiences and learning for students in P-12 classrooms.

Dr. Higgins lives in Defiance with her husband, Terry, who is also a teacher educator. They have six children who live in various areas of the country and two grandchildren who live in Florida.


  • Ph.D., Teacher Education and Literacy, Ohio State University, Columbus, 2011
  • M.Ed., Early and Middle Childhood Education (K-8), Ohio State University, Newark, 1998
  • B.S., Education with a Mathematics concentration, Ohio State University, Newark, 1997