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 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.

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

Defiance College offers the following majors leading to teacher licensure:
Colleges of Distinction: Education Program   
Early Childhood
   Middle Childhood
   Adolescent to Young Adult
     - Intervention Specialist Mild to Moderate (K-12)

Undergraduate Endorsement Programs
   Middle Childhood Generalist Endorsement
   Early Childhood Generalist Endorsement

Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in Education programs offered in education:
- Master of Arts in Education
- Master of Arts in Education with Sport Coaching Concentrations
- Master of Arts in Education with Ohio K-12 Reading Endorsement*

*Reading Endorsement is also available as a stand-alone program. 

Education Accreditation
Defiance College's Teacher Education Program has received accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. 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 Health and Physical Education and Intervention Specialist: Mild-to-Moderate.           

More Information on the performance of our program completers can be found here.

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
Assistant 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

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