The purpose of the Education Program at Centre College is to provide study for undergraduate students in effective teaching including practical experiences in the classroom and other educational settings.
Our mission is for students to develop a greater understanding of and appreciation for the complexities of teaching and learning and, as alumni, to lead lives of learning, leadership, and service as effective educators.
Students interested in pursuing a career in education can choose an Education minor. These students include: 1) students who desire to begin preparations for a career in K-12 teaching, and 2) students with majors other than education who plan to work with children or adolescents (particularly psychology, religion, or sociology).
Students have the opportunity to integrate their pedagogical studies within a variety of settings which include but are not limited to the following: after school programs, church settings, YMCA, museums, local/state/national parks, and/or classrooms abroad. In conjunction with these community-based opportunities, students experience a rigorous education in the liberal arts and sciences. In addition, Centre offers educational internships, community-based education course work, and study abroad offerings.
The Education Program’s four principal goals:
- To help students recognize the complexity of education in the U.S.—the nature of its assumptions, goals, organization, and problems, the nature of its students; and the nature of teaching and learning.
- To provide experiences and information to help students decide whether a career working with children and adolescents is appropriate for them.
- To provide beginning preparation for certification and teaching in the nation’s elementary and secondary schools by equipping them with the theoretical and practical knowledge needed by beginning teachers and educators in other settings.
- To stress critical reflection so that educators will be able to recognize educational dilemmas, to analyze such dilemmas and problems, to formulate possible solutions and anticipate some of the consequences, and to test solutions.
“Centre’s education department has some incredible professors that will push you to be your best inside and outside of the classroom. The professors within the department have worked with students to enhance their classroom learning through field placements and internships. Obtaining this first hand experience in classrooms allows for Centre students to create professional networks within the Danville community. Because of all the opportunities I have had, I know I have a strong support of teachers behind me to help me in the next steps of becoming a classroom teacher.”
Centre Class of 2019 • Psychology Major
Students minoring in education can choose any major at Centre. Students who plan to pursue a career as a teacher may want to choose a major that can lead directly to certification.
For example, students interested in teaching high school mathematics may want to choose a mathematics major. The education minor at Centre consists of six courses. Depending on the institution where you plan to seek certification, some minor courses will count toward the partner institution’s requirements.
For a list of opportunities in the education field, view Teaching Options After Centre.
Pre-teaching certification students should consult with faculty advisor Professor Sarah Murray and can reach her by email here.
What Courses Should I Take?
Students interested in pursuing a degree in education after Centre should expect to take the following courses:
Required Courses for Education Students
- Practicum and Introduction to Education (EDU 227)
- Educational Psychology (EDU 228)
- Instructional Design (EDU 337)
- Three additional EDU courses at the 200-level or higher
Suggested Courses for Education Students
- Educational Technology (EDU 226)*
- Education Policy and Social Change (EDU 265)
- Voices of Diversity in Classrooms (EDU 285)
- Imagine/Create/Connect/Perform (EDU 290)
- Global Perspectives on Education (EDU 295)
- Diversity and Inclusion in the Classroom (EDU 330)*
*EDU 226 and EDU 330 may be a requirement for those students who are planning to attend a partner institution for initial certification.