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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 McCracken 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 five academic departments: Counseling and Higher Education, Human and Consumer Sciences, Educational Studies, Recreation and Sports Pedagogy, 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 McCracken Hall, the only fully Gold LEED building on campus! The purpose of the $32.8-million renovation—McCracken’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 McCracken 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 McCracken Hall, you can read an article about the building in our Athenaeum publication.


    Student Spotlight

    Oumarou Abdoulaye Balarabe, a doctoral student in the Patton College’s Higher Education program, has been elected the new Holmes Council president by fellow Holmes Scholars at American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) member institutions across the U.S. He will serve a two-year term. The AACTE Holmes Program supports students who self-identify as racially and ethnically diverse and are pursuing graduate degrees in education at AACTE member institutions. 


    Alumni Spotlight

    Jessica Terry, who earned her master’s in Clinical Mental Health/Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling in 2010, is The Patton College’s August Alum of the Month. For nearly two years, Terry has worked as the senior vocational rehabilitation counselor at Columbus State Community College where she collaborates with Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities as a College2Careers counselor.


Monday, August 9 Marie Vasquez-Brooks Dissertation Defense 10:00 AM — 12:00 PM

Dissertation Title: Measuring the Effects of Performance on Associate Degree Completion and Equity at Two-Year Public Institution...

Wednesday, October 13 Virtual Education Grad School Fair 11:00 AM — 3:00 PM

The Patton College of Education is participating in this virtual graduate school fair so it's a perfect opportunity to chat with P...


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. 


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The Patton College:
Where Learning Has No Limits!

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