Like all nationally accredited teacher education programs, the Defiance College Teacher Education program has additional entrance requirements beyond those required for admission to Defiance College which can be found below. In addition, there are other requirements for candidates to progress through and graduate from the program which can be found in the Pre-Candidate and Candidate Handbooks. The requirements serve as "checkpoints" in which the program faculty and administration can monitor the students' progress and ensure they are on track to successfully complete the program. Finally, to obtain licensure in the state of Ohio, candidates must pass a series of licensure exams, this information can be found both in the Candidate Handbook and on the Ohio Department of Education website.
Pre-candidates who have declared Education as their major field of study and who are pursuing teacher licensure must apply to and be granted admission into the Teacher Education Program before they may enroll in any course designated as methods. The Teacher Education Council reviews and acts on all applications. The Teacher Education Council is chaired by the Director of Education. Additional membership includes the Assistant Dean of Students, the Director of Educational Partnerships, the Coordinator of CAEP and Clinical Experiences, one representative from each academic division of Defiance College, and an additional faculty representative from the Teacher Education Program.
The admission requirements are outlined below. The full application process can be found in the Pre-Candidate handbook available from the Office of Teacher Education and on the college website.
To be admitted to the Teacher Education program, a pre-candidate must have:
1. A minimum overall grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.0 scale in their college coursework OR meet minimum standardized test scores in math, reading, and writing as outlined below:
2. No grade of C- or below was earned in all of the following core courses:
CORE125 Composition 1
CORE120 Introduction to Communication
Any Education (ED), Physical Education (PE) or Health Education (HE) course
3. A minimum of 3 disposition rating forms with an average score of 3.
4. Must not be under sanction by the Office of the Dean of Students.
5. A minimum of three satisfactory recommendations. Two from college faculty and one from someone who has witnessed the pre-candidate working with K-12 students.
6. A current Federal and Ohio criminal background check that was submitted according
to the schedule and reveals no arrests or convictions that would preclude the candidate
from obtaining a teaching license in Ohio.
Graduate Licensure Program Admission Requirements
Graduate students interested in pursuing a licensure or endorsement program must also meet minimum admission requirements before they may enroll in any course designated as methods or begin the reading endorsement program. These requirements are outlined below.
To be admitted to the Teacher Education program, a graduate level pre-candidate must have: