About the Department of Education

Overview

The Department of Education focuses its scholarly and teaching efforts on the study of human learning and development, the history of education, teaching, school reform, and education policy. The Department offers a wide range of courses designed for students seeking an understanding of the many facets of education from multi-disciplinary perspectives.

The current faculty in the Department of Education include scholars in the history of education, public policy and economics, psychology and human development, teacher education, and the social and philosophical foundations of education. Affiliated faculty from the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions, the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, and the Education Alliance represent the fields of public policy and other subspecialties within education such as school reform and bilingual education. Faculty members in the Department of Education are actively engaged in research and teaching. Students should feel free to meet with faculty for advice about developing an Education Studies concentration program.

Undergraduate Programs

Concentration

The concentration in Education Studies is designed for students seeking a broad liberal arts background in the field of education. Concentrators organize a sequence of courses to develop critical and creative skills for addressing educational issues. All concentrators may participate in Department colloquia in which they introduce their research and engage in discussion with fellow concentrators and faculty. This is required of Honors candidates. The concentration in Education Studies prepares students for graduate study in education, the social sciences, and other related fields, as well as for professional careers.

Undergraduate Teacher Education (UTEP) Program

The Department of Education offers certification programs in teacher education at the elementary and secondary levels. The Undergraduate Teacher Education Program prepares undergraduates for teacher certification in history/social studies, biology, or English at the secondary level, and an integrated B/MAT program in Elementary Education. 

Graduate Programs

Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

The Brown Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program is an intensive one year master’s and certification program that prepares tomorrow’s teacher leaders. The program prepares teachers in elementary education (grades 1-6) or secondary (grades 7-12) English, history/social studies, or science (biology, chemistry, or engineering/physics).

The Master of Arts in Teaching Program at Brown University prepares future educators to enter the classroom ready to create a community of high achievement for all students. With a passionate commitment to equity and social justice, MAT candidates become content experts who create innovative and rigorous learning experiences for youth. The program is intentionally small in size and fosters close collaboration with faculty and mentor teachers.

Urban Education Policy (UEP)

The Education Department at Brown offers a master's level program leading to an A.M. in Urban Education Policy. The twelve-month UEP program dedicated to the study of policy analysis, planning, and development in urban public education. The tightly focused academic curriculum, integrated with a nine-month internship, is designed to impart a set of core skills and competencies that are necessary for successful careers in urban education policy. The UEP program also provides a solid foundation for those anticipating advanced study in areas related to urban education policy.