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At Baldwin Wallace, your path to becoming a contributing, compassionate and competent professional educator begins your first year with relevant coursework and in-school classroom observations.

Rigorous and career-focused, BW's undergraduate education program builds on the strengths of a liberal arts-focused foundation.

Your education studies will include comprehensive, professional coursework and practical experiences. You'll learn innovative classroom techniques and research-based teaching methods and gain the knowledge, skills, technical competencies and professional perspectives to prepare for an ever-changing education environment. Before you graduate, you'll have more than 700 hours of field and clinical experience in a variety of diverse school settings.

BW graduates meet a rigorous set of standards on their way to licensure eligibility. As a result, they meet and most often exceed requirements set by the State of Ohio.

Small classes, personalized attention and high standards are at the forefront of the program. You'll learn the latest, effective teaching practices, as well as see them modeled in classes by faculty members with decades of teaching experience.


The rigor and high professional standards of BW's education program have fostered an outstanding reputation in Northeast Ohio and beyond. BW has partnerships with more than 60 districts and hundreds of schools. An ongoing partnership with Asheboro School District in North Carolina offers impressive benefits for BW education students. They can gain valuable student teaching experience as well as be in a district and state where teachers are in-demand.


Baldwin Wallace University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association. Individual education programs also are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Commission of Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. The University's licensure programs are approved by the State of Ohio Department of Education.


In addition to traditional undergraduate programs, BW offers two initial teacher licensure programs for individuals with bachelor's degrees seeking to enter the teaching profession without earning another bachelor's degree.

  • Initial licensure – earn an initial teaching license
  • License+master's – earn an initial teaching license plus a Master of Arts in Education in a specialty area

BW also offers a Master of Arts in Education program and professional development courses for licensed teachers and courses leading to a school social work license

  • Student teacher working with middle school students

    Real-world experience is key. At BW, you'll be in the classroom doing observations and assisting teachers in your first year. 

  • Student teacher at Garfield Elementary School

    Before you graduate, you'll have more than 700 hours of field and clinical experience in a variety of diverse school settings – urban, rural, suburban, parochial and private – to prepare you for your first teaching position.

  • Student teacher working with kindergarten students

    You will choose from five areas of study - early childhood, middle childhood, adolescent/young adult, multi-age and mild/moderate educational needs. Each program prepares you to meet licensure requirements for the State of Ohio. 

  • Baldwin Wallace University education major Lauryn Fougerousse works with a third-grad reading group as part of her co-student teaching program with teacher Tony Zuccaro's third grade class at Brook Pa

    BW has partnerships with more than 60 school districts and hundreds of schools, enabling you to gain valuable student teaching experience in a state where teachers are in-demand. 


BW's undergraduate education program provides a professional experience for aspiring teachers that includes:

  • Freshman year field experiences
  • Three years of technology-integration instruction
  • Minimum of five field experiences - more than 700 hours - in four years 
  • Exceptional opportunities for year-long clinical placements and co-teaching with experienced teachers


The requirements for each teaching area are detailed below.


Experiential learning bridges classroom study with real-world opportunities. You can enhance your studies through internships, co-curricular activities and other learning opportunities that include:


Throughout your four years at BW, you'll have a variety of field experiences that enable you to observe as well as teach in a classroom. The capstone of BW's education program is a semester-long clinical practice (student teaching) experience. Through this opportunity, you'll demonstrate competencies in planning, delivering and assessing student learning. You'll develop the skills and professional attitudes needed to be responsive to student needs, to work collaboratively with other professionals, and to successfully represent the high standards and teaching practices you learned through your BW studies.


Personally and professionally rewarding, student organizations and activities foster career skills, leadership and teamwork.

Teaching Together
BW's Teaching Together is a student organization that promotes and supports the professional teacher education interests of traditional and non-traditional students. It keeps students informed of educational activities and trends. It also sponsors its own professional conference each year.


At Baldwin Wallace, you’ll experience personal and professional growth in a supportive community that challenges and inspires you to succeed.

Baldwin Wallace education students have an outstanding record of achievement upon graduation:

  • Average BW GPA is 3.5
  • Ninety-five percent of BW students passed Ohio Teacher License test (2013-14)
  • BW education students' average score on the EdTPA, a national measure of teaching effectiveness, was 44.7 in 2013-14. Average scores in Ohio were 41.9 and 43.7 for national scores.
  • All Ohio teachers complete a mandatory four-year residency program. All (100 percent) BW grads in their fourth year of teaching passed this professional assessment in 2013-14.


GroupNumber taking testsNumber passing testsPass Rate (%)
All program completers
All program completers
All program completers

View state-wide performance data for the BW School of Education >> 

Across Ohio and beyond, BW education alumni can be found in successful careers as teachers, administrators, curricular leaders and more.

Michelle KoklaunerMichelle Koklauner ’16 is junior high school teacher at the Lower Koskokwim School District in Eek, a small village in Alaska. The school district is a dual language site, where students learn both English and Yugtun, a dialect of the native Yup’ik people. The Parma, Ohio, native teaches all subjects in a contained classroom.

Erica DickmanErica Dickman ’15 is eighth grade intervention specialist for Tiffin City Schools in Ohio. She teaches in a resource room and inclusion math and science. Close relationships with BW faculty and ample opportunities to practice teaching in the classroom prepared the Sandusky, Ohio, native for her first teaching position.

Christina MesserChristina Messer ’15 is integrated preschool teacher at Richmond Heights Elementary in Ohio. Dual licensure in early education and special education gave her an edge that enabled her land her first teaching position. She teaches in an inclusion classroom and has written her own curriculum. Christina is from Cleveland.

Jessica RichmondJessica Richmond '15 is third grade teacher at John F. Kennedy Catholic School in Warren, Ohio. The ongoing support provided by BW faculty to graduates regarding interviewing and lesson plans has been a valuable source of support and inspiration to the new educator. Jessica is from Girard, Ohio.

Rachel StossRachel Stoss '15 is intervention specialist for grades 5-8 at The Prep Schools in Cleveland where she has a resource room and teaches in general education classrooms. BW teacher education faculty supported her growth from a freshman teaching candidate into a confident and excited teacher. Rachel is from Perry, Ohio.

Noah HamrickNoah Hamrick '14 is vocal music teacher for grades 7-12 at the Avon Local School District in Ohio. The Amherst, Ohio, native says BW helped him grow into a confident, knowledgeable and independent teacher.

Vicki HyderVicki Hyder '14 teaches K-5 general music and beginning band in Mobridge-Pollock School District in South Dakota. The Franklin, Ohio, native credits BW for providing her with the experiences and knowledge to earn her first full-time teaching assignment.

Kristen MaddocksKristen Maddocks '14 is intervention specialist in the Copley-Fairlawn School District in Ohio. Kristen received her teaching licensure and master’s degree from BW in early childhood education and mild/moderate educational needs. She is from Broadview Heights, Ohio.

Elizabeth "Biffy" TuftsElizabeth "Biffy" Tufts '14 is teaching sixth grade at North Asheboro Middle School in North Carolina. The support and encouragement of BW faculty and staff gave her the confidence to go out of state for her student teaching experience. Elizabeth is from Perry, Ohio.

Candace HiseyCandace Hisey '13 is language arts teacher for Bio-Med Science Academy in Rootstown, Ohio. An interdisciplinary education allowed the Grafton, Ohio, native to become an educator with broad interests and specialized knowledge, a combination that has made her highly valued in her profession.

Kevin RadiganKevin Radigan '09 teaches social studies and coaches at Midview High School in Grafton, Ohio. He has also done historical research, restoration and preservation for Bet Olam Cemetary. BW professors helped the Olmsted Falls, Ohio, native develop critical thinking skills. Their example continues to inspire his teaching.

Joelle MagyarJoelle Magyar ’91 is the superintendent of Brecksville-Broadview Heights School District in Ohio. The Mayfield Heights, Ohio, native started her career as a teacher in Cleveland Metropolitan School District. She has since held positions with various districts as principal, director of student services and assistant superintendent.



Karen Kaye
Dean, School of Education
Ph.D., Bowling Green State University

Naomi Feldman
Associate Dean, Undergraduate Teacher Education Programs
Ed.D., Peabody College of Vanderbilt University

Susan Finelli-Genovese
Assistant Dean, K-12 MAEd Programs
Assistant Professor
Ed.D., Walden University

Rochelle Berndt
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Kent State University

Gary Christie
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Kent State University

Clayton Dusek
Ph.D., The Ohio State University

Lawrence Franz
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Kent State University

Joseph Hruby
Ph.D., Kent State University

Debra Janas
Ph.D., Kent State University

Robert Janke
Ph.D., The University of Michigan

Maureen Loudin
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Kent State University

Chad Malcolm
Assistant Professor
D.Ed., Walden University

Ken Schneck
Director, Leadership in Higher Education Program
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Fordham University

Barbara Sposet
Ph.D., Kent State University


David Bowlin
Ed.D., University of Pittsburgh

Blaine Bryson
M.A.Ed., Baldwin Wallace University

Anne Cole
M.A.Ed., Baldwin Wallace University

Charita Crockrom
M.Ed., Cleveland State University

Anthony Dibiasio
Ph.D., The Ohio State University

Kim Dittmann
M.Ed., Cleveland State University

Matthew Dunlap
M.S., Ashland University

Margaret Eaton
M.A.Ed, Baldwin Wallace University

James Emigh
M.A., Allegheny College

Brian Friedt
Ph.D., Kent State University

Megan Garriga
M.A., University of Louisville

Elise Geither
Adjunct Professor
Ph.D., Cleveland State University

Linn Grenert
M.A., John Carroll University

Gjergi Haxhiu
M.A.Ed., Baldwin Wallace University

Jonathan Hicks
M.A.Ed., Baldwin Wallace University

Cassandra Johnson
Ph.D., University of Concordia, Chicago

Elizabeth Mahoney
Ph.D., The University of Akron

Jane Murphy
Ph.D., Kent State University

William Romeo
Ph.D., Kent State University

Brandi Seither
M.A.Ed., Baldwin Wallace University

Brian Tumino
M.A.Ed., Baldwin Wallace University

Vicki Turner
M.Ed., Cleveland State University

David Vale
M.Ed., Cleveland State University

Lloyd Wakefield
M.S.Ed., The University of Akron

Judith Weddle
College Supervisor
M.A.Ed., Baldwin Wallace University


Jane Ciuni
Program Assistant
M.Ed., Vanderbilt University

Gail Habig
MAEd Academic Program Assistant
M.Ed., John Carroll University

Joan Hager
Administrative Assistant to the Dean
Office Manager

Paige Johnson
Coordinator of Field/Clinical Placements
M.S.Ed., The University of Akron

Letitia Kolp
Academic Advisor
M.A.Ed., Ball State University

Liana Wiemels
Licensure Specialist
M.A.Ed., Baldwin Wallace University