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Congratulations to EC-MC and MC-EA graduates! 

We are so proud of you and are celebrating with you!  Please click here or on the picture below to hear a message from the faculty, and please let us know where you go next!

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Our focus

The primary purpose of the Department of Educational Studies (DES) is to advance teaching and learning while preparing teacher leaders for a global society.

We prepare teacher candidates to become teachers who ground curriculum in the lives of students; who embrace multicultural perspectives and uphold just teaching practices; value academically rigorous curriculum; and are culturally sensitive. 

We prepare students to...

  • Engage in reflection
  • Celebrate diversity
  • Research practice
  • Focus on teaching
  • Engage in service
  • Use technology
  • Create school partnerships
  • Construct knowledge
  • Be globally responsive

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Art & Education in Japan

This faculty-led program in Japan will focus on the mission of the School of Education (SOE) “to become a leader in the preparation of globally responsive teachers.” 

This program will offer firsthand cultural and diverse experiences in modern Japan. Examples include preschool, elementary, middle school visits, interacting with and/or teaching to Japanese students, and learning how they learn subjects including the English language (i.e., English as a foreign language) in schools. These experiences will support teacher candidates to develop their knowledge and skills and to apply them in a global context. 

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Application for Admission to
EC-MC, MC-EA, EC-A, and SPE will open January 27, 2020
(link will be live once application opens)

More information on requirements for admission to the EC-MC or MC-EA programs can be found here.  

More information on requirements for admission to EC-A (Art, Music, World Languages) programs can be found here.  

More information on requirements for admission to the Special Education program can be found here.