Department of Professional Education

Lap Nguyen, Ph.D.
Interim Chair
Room 213E
O: 937-376-6626

Lillian Drakeford, Ph.D.
Director of Field and Clinical
Room 213G
O: 937-376-6675

Sheryl Evans
Assessment Data Coordinator
Room 213B
O: 937-376-6221

Alma Brown
Secretary to the Department
Room 213

The Department of Professional Education is the primary unit within the College of Education to prepare educators as teachers for Pre-Kindergarten level to grade 12 classrooms. The department has a collaborative partnership with Dayton Public Schools and Xenia Community Schools for the purpose of providing clinical experiences and program development. Programs in Graduate Studies are offered by the department.


Nathan Boles, M.Ed., Assistant Professor

Elizabeth Johnson, Math Education

Lap Nguyen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator

Joe Nocera, Generalist

Kwabena Ofori-Attah, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Stephanie Petricone-Turchetta, Early Childhood Education

Joshua Singer, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Intervention Specialist Program Coordinator

Sandra Sumerfield, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Rajeev Swami, Ed.D., Associate Professor

Dianne Tetrault, Reading

Educator Preparation Programs

The Department of Professional Education offers and coordinates degree programs leading to teaching licenses for the subject areas and grade levels listed:

• Agricultural Education, grades 4-12 
• Integrated Language Arts, grades 7-12
• Integrated Mathematics, grades 7-12
• Integrated Social Studies Education, grades 7-12
• Intervention Specialist Education – (Mild/Moderate) grades PreK-12
• Life Science Education, grades 7-12
• Middle Childhood Education, choose two teaching areas - Language Arts, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, grades 4-9
• Music Education, K-12  (In collaboration with the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences)
• Physical Education, grades PreK-12
• Physical Science Education, grades 7-12

The Teacher Education Programs in Music Education and Visual Arts Education are coordinated by the College of Education and the Department of Professional Education. The program is offered by the Department of Fine and Performing Arts in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. Information about the program is also available in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences section of the Course Catalog.

Post Baccalaureate Route

The Department of Professional Education offers a post-baccalaureate route to teacher licensure. The post-baccalaureate route is designed for individuals who have completed the baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 and who wish to obtain an initial teaching license. Individuals interested in seeking admission to Post Baccalaureate status should consult the University Office of Admissions or the appropriate College of Education Department.

Transfer Students

Students transferring from another institution must submit an official transcript and obtain a transcript evaluation before program admission.

Graduate Studies

Admission to Graduate Program is currently not available.