Department of Education

Education Studies Concentration

Undergraduate concentrators study education in a rigorous, multi-dimensional way that allows them to investigate thorny questions of opportunity and equity in real-world settings.

Our concentrators’ interests and journeys are as wide-ranging as the field itself. Concentrators go on to become teachers, policymakers, researchers, school counselors, lawyers, school administrators, and entrepreneurs, among other things. 

2020-21 AY Courses

The Education Studies concentration consists of at least 10 courses with the following four elements:

1. Three Core Courses 

  • EDUC 300 – Introduction to Education and Society: Foundations of Opportunity and Inequality
  • EDUC 750 – Evidence and Methods in Education Research 
  • EDUC 1900 – Senior Seminar 

2. A four-course student selected Specialization

Students will define a coherent plan of study that enables them to develop a self-defined specialization of 4 courses within the field such as:

  • Education Policy Analysis
  • Child Development
  • Education and Inequality
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Immigrant Youth
  • Education for Social Justice
  • Or any related topic of interest.

Students will define this pathway at the time of declaration. The advisor will approve the specialization. Students may refine their specialization over time, in conversation with their advisor and subject to their advisor’s approval.

3. Three electives

Students will take three additional electives related to the field of education and their plan of study (outside of the Education Department).

4. An experiential requirement

Tying classroom learning to real-world experience helps students make meaning of their academic coursework and offers academic rigor to practice-based engagement with the field. Students will satisfy this requirement by engaging in a practice-based experience, reflecting on their experience, and connecting it to their academic learning in the concentration. Find more information on the experiential component here.

If you have any questions about the concentration, please contact Matthew Kraft, Director of Undergraduate Studies.

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