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.