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Exterior of Patton Hall (formerly McCracken Hall)

Patton College of Education

The Patton College prepares educators, practitioners, and human service professionals to be leaders. The Patton College has more than 100 faculty members serving more than 1,500 undergraduate and 900 graduate students. Housed in Patton Hall, we have a proud history spanning over 125 years.

If you’re looking for information on demographics, enrollment data, or completion timelines, please click on our interactive college dashboard. You can also find information about our accreditation and evidence of teacher quality in our teacher candidates throughout our website. 

The Patton College is the home to excellent academic programs housed in four academic departments: Counseling and Higher Education, Educational Studies, Recreation, Sports Pedagogy, and Consumer Sciences, and Teacher Education.

McCracken Hall VIrtual Tour with Curt Plummer


In this fun video and with the help of Rufus, discover The Patton College’s recently renovated and state-of-the art Patton Hall, the only fully Gold LEED building on campus! The purpose of the $32.8-million renovation—Patton’s first since its 1959 inception—was to modernize the educational experience for students and professors alike. Aside from adding a fourth floor and nearly 35,000 square feet, the new Patton Hall boasts numerous state-of-the-art features, including three active learning classrooms, 10 project rooms, an experimental lab, and a demonstration kitchen, all of which allow for dynamic teaching and learning. After watching the video, if you wish to learn even more about the amazing Patton Hall, you can read an article about the building in our Athenaeum publication.


    Student Spotlight

    Bridget Selotlegeng earns her Bachelor of Science degree in Restaurant, Hotel and Tourism with a minor in Business this semester. From Gaborone, Botswana, Selotlegeng was offered a permanent job after her culinary internship with Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa in Vail Valley, Colorado. 


    Alumni Spotlight

    The Patton College is proud to feature Professor Agreement Lathi Jotia, University of Botswana’s School of Graduate Studies Acting Dean, as December’s Alum of the Month. Prof. Jotia received the University’s Teaching Excellence Award for innovative ways of teaching and impacting student learning.

Friday, December 3 Informational Meeting for PhD in Higher Education Program 12:00 PM — 1:30 PM

The faculty of Ohio University's Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) program in The Patton College of Education will host ...

Friday, December 3 Graduate Student & Faculty Writing Jam Sessions 1:00 PM — 3:00 PM Gladys W. and David H. Patton Hall

Sessions will be offered in a hybrid manner where students can participate virtually (MS Teams) and/or in-person (McCracken 208). ...

Monday, December 6 Antonique Flood Dissertation Defense 2:00 PM — 4:00 PM

Dissertation Title: Using Metacognitive Practices to Shape HESA Graduate Students’ Understandings of Critical Consciousness Di...


Latest News

Alumni Spotlight: Daniel Showalter

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Dr. Daniel Showalter, a two-time graduate of Ohio University, recently received Eastern Mennonite University’s 2020 Excellence in Teaching Award.

Alumni Spotlight: Linda Niehm

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Dr. Linda Niehm, professor at Iowa State University, won the International Textiles and Apparel Association’s 2020 Distinguished Scholar Award.

Student Success: Beau Uqdah

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Third-year Integrated Language Arts major Beau Uqdah has been recruiting and welcoming students to Ohio University alongside his CARE Program courses. 

The Patton College:
Where Learning Has No Limits!

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Athens OH 45701