Department of Education


Our education courses teach undergraduate students how to confront inequality, whether their careers take them to classrooms or boardrooms.

Without access to a quality public education, American children from low-income families are significantly less likely to succeed. We offer a multitude of education courses for undergraduate students who are passionate about fighting for equal access to education, whether they intend to pursue work in teaching, policymaking or something else entirely.

Our ever-expanding array of education courses allows undergraduates to explore fundamental issues of race, class, power, privilege, equity and identity through the lens of America’s schools. A new series of “big ideas” courses provides students with the tools they’ll need to confront inequality, whether their careers take them to classrooms or boardrooms.

Brown’s Open Curriculum allows undergraduate students from any concentration to explore courses in education history, policy, analysis and more.




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Undergraduate concentrators study education in a rigorous, multi-dimensional way that allows them to apply thorny questions of opportunity and equity they've learned about in their classrooms to real-world settings, from internships to humanitarian work to school-based education work. 

Our flexible undergraduate concentration prepares students with a wide variety of career aspirations to confront inequality in schools.

I found that Brown's education department was absolutely stellar, and I wanted to get involved with it as soon as possible. I had some experience with education policy and by having both the Open Curriculum and incredible faculty, I would have the opportunity to jump right in!

Rainbow Chen '21 Concentrator in Education Policy and History
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Opportunities to Engage

Undergraduates who are interested in education have opportunities to teach in Providence classrooms, give college advising to first-generation students, and more. 

Fifth-year Master’s Programs

Undergraduate seniors at Brown have the opportunity to stay on College Hill for a fifth year and earn a Master’s of Arts in Teaching or a master’s in urban education policy.

Education concentrators have gone on to become impactful leaders in teaching, policymaking and more.