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 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.
Defiance College offers the following majors leading to teacher licensure:
- Early Childhood
- Middle Childhood
- Adolescent to Young Adult
- Intervention Specialist Mild to Moderate (K-12)
Defiance College's Teacher Education Program has been designated as CAEP Eligible by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation. This designation indicates that application for full accreditation is in process. 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 Intervention Specialist: Mild-to-Moderate.
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.
Amanda Gilbert, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Education
Rachel Eicher, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor of Practice of Early Childhood Education
Administrative Assistant for Education