Education Studies Department

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The Education Studies Department involves students in the study of educational processes and institutions as well as the cultural factors that affect them. Close student-faculty relationships through peer group learning, field supervision and individualized advising are integral to this dynamic major that focuses on putting the educational needs of children first. Guilford develops educators who are grounded in the liberal arts and are self-confident, inquisitive and thoughtful in their practice.

The program emphasizes practical field experiences that incorporate deep knowledge of educational theories and foundations as well as critical, personal and professional reflection. Study of philosophy, psychology and the history of education, as well as an intensive cross-cultural internship and extensive teaching internships in classrooms and other educational environments prior to student teaching, create a solid foundation for becoming a 21st-century teacher.

Guilford Education Studies majors have developed an excellent reputation with the educators, school administrators and students with whom they work in schools across the country and the world. This puts our graduates in high demand. More than 95 percent of our students are hired to teach within one semester after graduation and licensure completion, and 100 percent have gotten into the graduate programs of their choice. Students in local public schools grow close to Guilford’s student teachers as they help children from diverse cultural, economic and social backgrounds and circumstances reach their potential.

More information can be found in the Teacher Program Preparation Report via the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.


Majors and Minors

Volunteering in the elementary schools and at Ashton Woods apartment complex has made me more sure about the paths I'd like to take in the future.

Jeannine Harrell '17
Education Studies and Psychology
  • Education Studies Major and Minor: Education Studies is for students interested in studying educational processes and institutions. It requires a second disciplinary major for all licensure tracks except secondary science and elementary education.
  • Comprehensive Secondary Science Education Major: The Secondary Science Education major consists of a thorough study of the teaching of science, with focus in disciplines including psychology, biology, chemistry, geology, math and physics.
  • Licensure-only Option: Individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree from a four-year, regionally accredited college or university may complete teaching licenses in each of the six licensure tracks: elementary licensure; secondary licensure in English; K-12 licensure in French or Spanish; and secondary licensure in social studies.

Education Studies Department News and Events

Students & Faculty Present about Tibetan Education at Conference

Students & Faculty Present about Tibetan Education at Conference

Anna Kelly ’18, Christopher Collins ’19, Billie Dunn-McMartin ’20, and Associate Professor of Religious Studies Eric Mortensen, traveled to the ASIANetwork Conference in Philadelphia April 6-9.

Guilford Senior Marimar Mantuano '18

Guilford Senior Marimar Mantuano '18

This spring, Guilford is graduating another distinguished class of difference…

Teach Them He Will

Teach Them He Will

David Hildreth, Professor of Education Studies and resident Yoda of science education, helps future teachers focus on their passion for helping students.

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Julie Burke

Julie Burke

Associate Professor of Education Studies

David Hildreth

David Hildreth

Professor of Education Studies

Anna Pennell

Anna Pennell

Associate Professor of Education Studies