The education faculty's objective is to prepare students to become effective teachers. The curriculum provides students with opportunities to learn both the theoretical and applied aspects of teaching. In addition, students will participate in multiple and varied clinical experiences during each year of the program, beginning as early as the first semester of their freshman year.
OUR LICENSURE PROGRAMS:
Defiance College offers the following majors leading to teacher licensure:
Reading/Language Arts & Science
Reading/Language Arts & Mathematics
Reading/Language Arts & Social Studies
Social Studies & Mathematics
Social Studies & Science
Science & Mathematics
Integrated Language Arts
Integrated Social Studies
Life Science and Chemistry
Teacher 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.
UNDERGRADUATE ENDORSEMENT PROGRAMS
Candidates may select one or more of the following content areas in which to obtain this endorsement:
DUAL LICENSURE PROGRAMS
Primary PK-5 and Intervention Specialist
Middle Childhood and Intervention Specialist
Defiance College Teacher Education has earned national accreditation for initial licensure programs from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) through 2027. CAEP promotes excellence in educator preparation through quality assurance and continuous improvement and is the only national accreditor for educator preparation recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The Defiance College Teacher Education Program meets rigorous national standards for educator preparation and has earned national accreditation by demonstrating excellence in the areas of content and pedagogy, clinical experiences, selectivity, program impact, and capacity for continuous improvement.
Defiance College's teacher licensure programs are also approved by 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.
91% pass rate on Ohio Assessments for Educators licensure exams
Recent school districts hiring our graduates include:
Central Local Schools
Defiance City Schools
Edon Local Schools
Fort Jennings Local Schools
Galion City Schools
Kenton City Schools
Lima City Schools
Mohawk Local Schools
Montpelier Exempted Village Schools
Northeastern Local School District
Paulding Exempted Village Schools
Sidney City Schools
Stryker Local Schools
Tinora High School
Wauseon Middle School