Majoring in Education

Education Certificate

Overview

Education is more than imparting knowledge and defining the parameters of discipline. The best educators understand issues of power, history, self-identity and the possibility of collective agency. Our curriculum and field experiences are designed to meet not only the needs of students and teachers, but their communities. We help you develop as a public intellectual and ethical citizen as you earn your Connecticut teaching certification. You learn to see education as an opportunity to create a multiracial, multi-vocal democracy that can address today's serious social, economic and environmental problems. The program consists of seven or eight courses in addition to an outside major, culminating in a semester of full-time student teaching. We have a reputation for producing excellent educators, with alumni teaching in elementary, secondary and music schools globally. Connecticut teaching certifications are reciprocal in 45 states and the District of Columbia.

Internships and service learning

We emphasize fieldwork. All of our education courses have a placement component – field observations, assistant teaching or full-time student teaching in local elementary or secondary schools. You explore issues and perspectives about education in the context of everyday classrooms, which will make you a better teacher.

International opportunities and study abroad

The certification program provides the flexibility for you to study away and still earn certification in four years. Our students have studied around the world, in Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe. Many apply to the College's interdisciplinary centers to earn certificates in community action, international studies, the environment or arts and technology. We help you draft a plan that ensures you can take full advantage of the opportunities available here.

What can you do with a majorcertificate in Education?

Here are some of the positions our graduates have gone on to hold:

  • Fourth Grade Teacher, Lincoln Elementary School
  • Kindergarten Teacher, John B. Sliney Elementary School
  • Teacher, Quinnipiac Elementary School
  • Teacher, Stonington High School
  • Teacher, Integrated Day Charter School
  • Teacher, Sussex Renew School
  • Teacher, East Meadow Middle School
  • Graduate Student, Brandeis University
  • Graduate Student, Simmons College
  • Fulbright Scholar Teaching English in Japan
  • Teacher, West Hartford Public Schools
  • Teacher, Landmark School
  • Teacher, Norwich Free Academy
  • Teacher, Duxbury Middle School
  • Teacher, Bronx Charter School for Children
  • Teacher, Academy of Pacific Rim Charter School
  • Teacher, Regional Multicultural Magnet School
  • Master's Candidate, School of Social Work at Columbia University
  • Graduate Student, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Fulbright Scholar Teaching English in Italy

Faculty

Lauren Anderson, Assistant Professor of Education Lauren Anderson, Assistant Professor of Education

Lauren Anderson, Assistant Professor of Education
Teacher education • Education policy • Urban schooling, past and present • Critical literacy • Qualitative research methods

Charles Cocores, Educator in Residence, Teacher Certification Officer Charles Cocores, Educator in Residence, Teacher Certification Officer

Charles Cocores, Educator in Residence, Teacher Certification Officer
Planning students' educational programs • Coordinator for elementary and secondary teaching certification • Drug education

Sandy Grande, Associate Professor of Education, Chair of Education Department Sandy Grande, Associate Professor of Education, Chair of Education Department

Sandy Grande, Associate Professor of Education, Chair of Education Department
Native American/Indigenous education • Critical Indigenous theory

Michael E. James, Professor of Education Michael E. James, Professor of Education

Michael E. James, Professor of Education
History of schooling and civil rights

Helen Brooks Regan, Professor Emeritus of Education, Dean of the Faculty 200-2003 Helen Brooks Regan, Professor Emeritus of Education, Dean of the Faculty 200-2003

Helen Brooks Regan, Professor Emeritus of Education, Dean of the Faculty 200-2003
Secondary education • Science education • School leadership

Dana Wright, Assistant Professor of Education Dana Wright, Assistant Professor of Education

Dana Wright, Assistant Professor of Education
Curriculum theory and pedagogy • Collaborative, inquiry-based learning projects • Literacy and academic identity development • Relational and situated learning • Participatory action research (PAR) • Youth development and youth studies • Urban education and the contexts of teaching • Qualitative research methodologies

Student profile


Peggy McQuaid Peggy McQuaid

American studies, education


Q: How did you choose your major?
A: I wanted to study elementary education and majored in American Studies because I am interested in race and ethnicity. Discussions in class centered on inequality and were stimulated by students from many disciplines. Everyone contributed something different to the dialogue.


Q: What were the advantages of studying education at Connecticut College?
A: The program reinforced my ideas about justice and equality and broadened my awareness. I am very interested in urban education and English language learners, so the New London community has been a great place to learn.


Q: Did you study abroad?
A: I took a semester off to work in Honduras at a bilingual elementary school, which gave me an entirely different context in which to view education and Latin American immigration.


Q: What are your career plans?
A: In 2013 I returned from three years as a principal in Honduras, which was an amazing experience (and huge challenge!). I now teach kindergarten at the Regional Multicultural Magnet School in New London. Within five years I plan to enter graduate school so I can go back to administration or become a professor of education.

Selected courses


  • Foundations of Education
  • Curriculum and Classroom Assessment
  • Museum Education
  • Mathematics and Science in the Elementary School
  • Curricular Theories and Design in the Content Area
  • Children, Books, and Culture
  • Literacy in the Elementary Schools
  • Education and the Revolutionary Project in Latin America
  • Student Teaching in the Elementary School
  • Student Teaching in the Secondary School
  • Student Teaching Seminar in Critical Pedagogy: Elementary and Secondary School
  • AIDS, Bullying, Aggression/Suicide, Drug Prevention and Conflict Resolution for Teachers

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