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Parents of young children want teachers who are experts in their field, but who are also patient, nurturing, creative and flexible. At Defiance College, early childhood education majors are prepared to face the many roles they will take on in their classrooms. Not only do they possess the characteristics that parents desire, they also understand that learning is an active process. They learn how developmentally-appropriate practices are the vehicle for engaging students in the core content of reading, writing, mathematics, social studies and science. They are dedicated to becoming effective teachers who instill in their students a lifelong love of learning.

Benefits of the Program
Colleges of Distinction: Education ProgramTeacher candidates at Defiance College engage in classroom experiences for more than 100 hours during their first three years, and practice all they learn in an all day, every day 15-week Internship during their final semester in the program. 

In addition to small class sizes, a host of other advantages make Defiance College the right choice for students who want to serve through education. Teacher candidates at DC can explore service opportunities such as the McMaster School for Advancing Humanity, the Service Leadership Program, and Project 701.

Defiance College has a rich teacher education heritage. For more than 100 years, the College has prepared and graduated teachers who lead within their profession, often becoming principals and superintendents. 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. DC Alumni often return for graduate studies to further their pedagogical understanding so they may better serve the students they teach.
Early Childhood Education

Related Programs
Teacher candidates in early childhood education are encouraged to obtain their early childhood generalist endorsement which enables them to teach additional content areas in grades 4 and 5.

The Hench Autism Studies Program at DC offers an undergraduate minor in autism studies providing teacher candidates with the knowledge and skills to address the needs of individuals with autism.

After College — What's Next?
Many Defiance College program completers currently teach in schools in various local school districts, and in districts across the state of Ohio.

Graduate opportunities are also available for DC alumni and education professionals who wish to expand their opportunities within the profession.

Students create networking opportunities for themselves each semester within classrooms and schools where they are placed. Those placements often lead to permanent employment upon program completion.

The Teacher Education Program at Defiance College is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) through the 2015-2016 academic year. All teacher licensure programs have been nationally recognized by either the appropriate professional organization or by the Ohio Department of Higher Education. Beginning in 2016, the program will adhere to the standards of the new accrediting body, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

In Their Own Words
"Defiance College is a great place to learn, with inspiring professors willing to help you achieve success and a great Education program. I liked how we were able to go out into classrooms at different schools at the very beginning of our college years."
--Megan Wiles, 2017 Graduate

"I love the education program at Defiance! During freshman year, they allow you to go out into the field and see if this is truly what you want to do without waiting all four years and then going out. Also, the people you meet are heartwarming. They will do anything in their power to help you, whether it is supplies you need or just someone to look over a lesson plan."
--Colby Heeter, 2017 Graduate


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