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Multi-age EducationTeacher candidates who work with students in kindergarten through high school have a deep understanding of a broad range of academic and social abilities and challenges. They recognize that all children are unique and that they must draw from many developmentally-appropriate practices to ensure the specific needs of each student will be met.

Defiance College offers teacher candidates Intervention Specialist Mild to Moderate (K-12) licensure.

Candidates have opportunities to engage with students in a variety of settings. They are equipped to adapt within multiple environments as they serve students across all grade levels. 

Benefits of the Program
Colleges of Distinction: Education ProgramTeacher candidates at DC engage in classroom experiences for more than 100 hours during their first three years, and practice what 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.

Autism Studies Minor
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 autism.

Multi-age Education

After College — What's Next?
DC 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.

Many graduates of the program currently teach in schools in 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.

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's Master of Education Sport Coaching program was a great fit for my goals and future career as a college basketball coach. It expanded my knowledge of multicultural education and how it ties into coaching in the college atmosphere. The classes were very engaging and allowed for application to my field of study. Professors were always willing to accommodate my schedule, which was helpful as a graduate assistant with the women's basketball team. In my opinion, the program is formatted so that, as a graduate student, you can take the classes at your convenience and feel confident in working with other professionals."
--Elaine Hasek (HPE), 2016 Graduate

"The Defiance College education program has provided me with many amazing experiences. I had the opportunity to be placed in special education classrooms right from the time I chose my major! Defiance College allows you to get hands-on experience every week starting your freshman year. I feel as though this program, along with the guidance I have received from the experienced professors, will ensure my future success in the education field!"
--Noelle Chester (IVMM), 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