The Teacher Education Program at Defiance College has a rich heritage. For more than 100 years, the College has prepared and graduated teachers who not only teach, but also become principals and superintendents. At Defiance College, future educators can find a variety of programs suited to their interests and abilities. Through the Hench Autism Studies Program, students may even minor in Autism studies and receive training on effective strategies for successfully integrating persons with autism into education, vocational, family and community settings.
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. Field experiences in schools, an important part of the program, begin as early as the first semester of the freshman year, continue through a variety of classroom settings, and culminate in a supervised student teaching experience during the senior year.
Defiance College graduates are very successful, both in the classroom and in administrative roles. A high percentage of classrooms in northwest Ohio schools are staff by well-trained Defiance College graduates, although our graduate are often sought by school districts from many parts of the country. With additional education, many graduates also work as principals, superintendents, and in specialty positions such as guidance counselors and curriculum coordinators. Educators who have already completed their baccalaureate degree may choose to enroll in Defiance College's Master of Arts in Education program.