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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 via the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.


College Catalog

For more information about courses for the Education Studies Department, visit the online, searchable College Catalog. The Undergraduate Catalog also includes academic department and major information, academic regulations and resources, admission standards and requirements, and tuition, fees, and financial aid information.

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.

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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.

To determine if the education licensure program for which you enroll at Guilford meets licensure requirements in your state of residence, please review this Licensure Program Information.

Education Studies Department News and Events

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Schooled the Guilford Way

Schooled the Guilford Way

Katlin Crooks ’18 is a fast learner – and teacher. The Education Studies major was hired as a ninth-grade English teacher at Grimsley High School directly from her student teaching position there.

Education Studies Celebrates edTPA Accomplishments

Education Studies Celebrates edTPA Accomplishments

The Education Studies Department is celebrating a 100 percent pass rate for students taking the edTPA, a required, performance-based, subject-specific assessment used to measure and support the skills and knowledge that all teachers need in the classroom.

Life-changing Lessons

Life-changing Lessons

Guilford helped Education Studies and History double major Nazmul Sattar ’18 find his passion and inspired him to make a positive impact by molding the minds of his students at Southwest Guilford Middle School.

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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