Students in middle school face many challenges. They are attempting to gain independence and establish their individual identities. The guidance of capable, caring educators will help them as they navigate these critical years in their lives and realize their own potential. Middle Childhood Education majors at Defiance College understand the complex development of pre-adolescence. They are equipped with deep knowledge of the two specific content areas in which they teach, and they learn to use effective strategies that engage students in ways that emphasize their abilities, but are sensitive to their personal growth and development.
Benefits of the Program
Teacher candidates at Defiance College engage in classroom experiences in their areas of concentration 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. Research and travel opportunities are also available through DC International.
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.
Teacher candidates in middle childhood education are encouraged to obtain their middle childhood generalist endorsement which enables them to teach additional content areas in grades 4 through 6.
The Hench Autism Studies Program at Defiance College offers an undergraduate minor in autism studies, providing teacher
candidates with the knowledge and skills to address the needs of individuals with
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).
"What worked well for me as a middle childhood education major was the fact that Defiance
College allowed me to be in the classroom my freshman year of college. I was able
to determine if middle childhood education was the right major for me, which it was!
The professors are all very willing to work with your busy schedule and are willing
to help any student."
--Kaitlyn Rethmel, 2016 Graduate and teacher at Tinora Junior High