Education department

Through Bluffton's Educator Preparation Programs, you will be prepared to create communities of learning and respect in your classroom. Bluffton graduates are among the best qualified in the nation, as reflected in student rankings on the Ohio Educator Preparation Performance Report and in the reputation our graduates enjoy once they enter the teaching profession.

What's special about Bluffton's Educator Preparation Program?

Bluffton University provides educator preparation programs at the baccalaureate and master’s degree level that are 1) approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education , 2) include a minimum of 12 weeks of full-time pre-service clinical experience  and 3) provides pedagogical coursework or assistance in the provision of such coursework. In addition to Educator Preparation Programs, Bluffton offers a Child Development major.

The traditional route to becoming a teacher in Ohio involves completing a bachelor's degree then obtaining a teaching license from the Ohio Department of Education.  >>>occupational outlook

Students apply for admission to the Educator Preparation Programs in EDU 200 Introduction to Teaching, taken during their first or second semester on campus. Additional information about Bluffton's Educator Preparation Programs is available in the Educator Preparation handbook.

To contact the education department:
Phone:  419-358-3331
Fax:  419-358-3074

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Classroom experience


Bluffton is different in that you get hands-on experience (also called field experience) in a classroom beginning as early as your first year in the educator preparation program.

Student Teaching in Chicago

Clinical practice and Cross-cultural

Bluffton partners with the Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture to offer student teaching opportunities in Chicago, Ill. The program also fulfills Bluffton's cross cultural requirement.

Re-accreditation visit


Bluffton's educator preparation program received reaccreditation through 2017. Third-party comments about Bluffton's teacher education program are welcome, in preparation for the next re-accreditation visit. >>> comment invitation