Program Overview

Education Studies

Students interested in 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—academic year and or summer internships, practica, or projects during winter term—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.

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

Program Facts

  • Program Type: Integrative Concentration

Program Director

Katherine Thomson-Jones,
Professor of Philosophy

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

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.

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Education Studies News

Chloe Lai Receives Fulbright to Taiwan

June 8, 2022

An art history and East Asian studies double major with an education studies concentration, Lai is constantly striving to learn more about pedagogy and language acquisition.
Chloe Lai.

Sarah Wong ’22 Receives Fulbright to Taiwan

June 7, 2022

A musical studies and law and society major, Sarah Wong applied for the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to honor her Taiwanese heritage while becoming more fluent in her family’s ancestral languages.
Sarah Wong '22

Educational Opportunities

Oberlin’s Career Exploration and Development 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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