Ohio University

Athens, OH

Ohio University

Athens, OH

Nationally recognized experiential education

Ohio University's Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education prepares leader-educators, practitioners, and human service professionals who share our commitment to lifelong learning and serving society responsibly as change agents in meeting diverse human and social needs. 

Our programs have a significant impact on P-16+ learners, providing innovative, forward-thinking advances in teaching, curriculum development, research and creative activities, and service/outreach. And we capitalize on best practices in student success initiatives, experiential learning, emerging technology, and interdisciplinary discovery.

OHIO has a strong tradition of being a leader in innovation in teacher education. The College’s Clinical Model is an affirmation of our belief that teaching is learned best through doing. We offer a year-long clinical experience to all our teacher candidates. Together with our school partners, we are engaged in continuously improving our teacher candidates' clinical experiences. Our College provides more time in the classroom than any other college of education in Ohio.

With more than 100 faculty members serving over 1,300 undergraduate and 750 graduate students, The Patton College of Education remains one of the most respected and student-focused programs in the country. The main campus is located in Athens, Ohio, with several branch locations throughout central and southeast Ohio.

Accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Ohio Department of Education, The Patton College of Education offers academic rigor, opportunities for leadership, and strong clinical programs through a wide range of courses and programs for both undergraduate and graduate students.

The College recently completed a $32.8 million renovation. The state-of-the-art facility features active classrooms, fully equipped demonstration labs, a beautiful tiered student lounge, and other unique study areas.

The Patton College of Education's Teacher Education program produces more than just educators and practitioners. It produces leaders: change agents who advocate, unite, and inspire in their current and future communities.



#89 Best Education Schools | U.S. News & World Report


Nationally recognized and award-winning Clinical Model, making The Patton College an innovator and leader in teacher education


Recently developed, first-of-its-kind Hip-Hop-Based Teacher Education program


83% of Teacher Education graduates working in their field


Another 5% of Teacher Education graduates pursuing graduate degrees in their field

Shaping the Future of Education

The Patton College of Education recently implemented a Hip-Hop-Based Education program to prepare teachers to incorporate culturally relevant pedagogy into their own teaching styles. This is the first time this type of programming has been incorporated into a College of Education’s Teacher Education program. The College has also implemented the Brothers Rallying to Inspire and Shape Education (Brothers RISE) initiative, which is aimed at nurturing and recruiting outstanding individuals, particularly Black males, for leadership in education. The program includes a week-long orientation; academic and social support; a focus on psychosocial and racial identity and ethnic development; opportunities to engage in research, professional development, and mentorship; and potential tuition assistance.

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “The amount of teaching hours that have been given to me are far beyond any other college in the state of Ohio. I’ve had so much opportunity to work with children. One of the other amazing things about Patton is that they offer a minor in Coaching. I coached JV volleyball at Trimble High School, and I took all the information I learned in class and used it in real-life coaching. It was one of the first times where I was able to use what I learned to effect change in real time. That was really something special to me.”

    • Logan Mills
      Early Childhood & Elementary Education
  • “I remain profoundly grateful to my professors within The Patton College of Education. They provided me with a strong knowledge base in best practices—knowledge I continue to apply daily to differentiate and optimize student learning.”

    • Kate Sheridan
      Early Childhood Education
  • “I am thankful for the preparation that Ohio University provided me, as well as the experience working with the community. The professors, as well as student body, were such an asset to me as I grew as an educator.”

    • Rachel Murat
      Adolescent-to-Young Adult Education