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Conservatory Professor of Music Education Jody Kerchner instructs future music educators. Photo credit: Yevhen Gulenko
Program Overview

Education Studies

Program Type: Concentration

Students interested the Education Studies Concentration must take four full courses in a variety of liberal arts areas that explore educational foundations, issues, and pedagogical strategies. Students must also complete two experiential components—such as summer and or academic year internships, practica, or winter-term projects—that connect their pedagogical and conceptual understandings to local and off-campus educational environments. The Education Studies Concentration Committee advises students regarding course sections, internships, graduate schools, and potential employment.

Educational Opportunities

Oberlin’s Career Development Center and the Bonner Center for Community-Engaged Learning, Teaching, and Research provide information about educational internship and employment opportunities in education and related fields.

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Children in the SITES program mimic their SITES instructor as they play a game together. Photo credit: Courtesy of Kim Kaber

Spanish in the Elementary Schools

Oberlin College students of any academic major can apply to teach in the Spanish in the Elementary Schools (SITES) program. It‘s designed for children in kindergarten through second grade who attend Oberlin‘s Eastwood Elementary School. To prepare for this work, students are required to take EDUA 301 Language Pedagogy, which includes the SITES practicum.

Sample Courses

  • EDUC/PACE 300 - Principles of Education 4 credits
  • PSYC 216 - Developmental Psychology 4 credits
  • EDUA 301 - Language Pedagog 4 credits
  • PHIL 214 - Philosophy in the Schools 4 credits

Education Studies News

3 school-age girls hold a sign that reads SITES Spanish in the Elementary Schools

SITES Set on Education

June 12, 2015
The Spanish in the Elementary Schools program celebrates its 10-year anniversary of college students teaching elementary school students to speak Spanish.