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Patton College of Education

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Patton College of Education

The Patton College prepares educators, practitioners and human service professionals to be leaders. Education is front and center in our name, but it’s leadership that’s at the core of everything we do. In our 136-year history, we’ve built a nationally recognized model of educating and supporting students. Whether you want to be a teacher in the classroom or an inspiration in the field, our programs will prepare you to be forever ready—ready to lead, challenge, improve and answer the call. 


    Student Spotlight

    A group of nontraditional students—all with different career goals—found their path to a bachelor’s degree with the online Customer Service Leadership program, and their internship class helped them transition to new job opportunities and leadership roles. [Kelly Gerardi pictured.]


    Alumni Spotlight

    The Patton College is proud to feature Sara Stasko as May’s Alum of the Month. Sara is from Kenton, Ohio, and earned a BA in Political Science from Marietta College in 2012 and obtained a M.Ed. from Ohio University in 2014. Sara began her career in higher education as an academic advisor at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. While in Tennessee, she worked extensively with pre-health students on identifying their fit within healthcare, maximizing their undergraduate experiences, and producing competitive applications for future endeavors.

Highly Ranked

US News & World Report Badge - Best Online Programs Bachelor's 2022
US News Best Online Master's Programs in Education #60 and Best Graduate Programs in Education #89


Best Online Master's in Education for Veterans

US News & World Report Badge - Best Online Programs Veterans Bachelors Programs 2022

Latest News

Dean Helfrich Commencement 2021 Video

Hello Graduates, family members, and friends. I’m Sara Helfrich, Interim Dean of The Patton College of Education, where we are committed to building leaders that push the fields of education and human services forever forward toward innovation, excellence, and inclusivity. Leaders who are change agents and who embrace ...

Alumni Spotlight: Daniel Showalter

Flannery Jewell

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

Flannery Jewell

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

April 01, 2022
Graduate Research Series 2022

Ohio University Libraries is pleased to announce that doctoral candidates Anna-Kaye Rowe and Jordan Zdinak will give presentations as part of this year’s Graduate Research Series.

Tuesday, May 24 Allison Ricket Dissertation Defense 10:00 AM — 12:00 PM Gladys W. and David H. Patton Hall

Dissertation Title: Valuing Complexity in Education-Community Partnerships: SROI as Measurement Framework for Learning Ecosystem...

Tuesday, May 24 Nouf Azab Dissertation Defense 12:00 PM — 2:00 PM

Dissertation Title: The Impact of Tailored Gamified Activities to Graduate Student’s Engagement Dissertation Committee: Dr. G...

Tuesday, May 31 STREAM Camp 8:00 AM — 1:00 PM Ohio University Zanesville

Professional development for ALL educators interested in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, a...