The Yale Education Studies Program, started in 2013, is dedicated to improving public education through research, policy and practice, creating a unique community supporting the next generation of education researchers, teachers and leaders.
Public education is foundational to the American ideal of fostering individual growth, promoting upward mobility and creating a democratic citizenry. Yet, despite many years of reform, these promises have not been met in practice; too many children are still left behind. There is a critical need for courageous leaders in early childhood and K-12 classrooms and schools, in higher education, government and the private sector who can act as experts and advocates for education.
The Yale Education Studies program was formed to support this next generation of education leaders, and the program is distinctive because it is firmly grounded in the liberal arts. Students learn the historical, political, economic and social contexts of US education, practice a variety of research methods, and are knowledgeable about contemporary policy debates. In practice, Education Studies is also as unique and diverse as each students’ educational interest. Community engagement, through the field experience, offers students greater purpose, perspective and humility in their academic studies. Students further benefit by contact with leading researchers and education change-makers hosted by the program throughout the year, and the program continues to expand its offerings to the Yale University community.
Students can apply to become Education Studies Scholars in the fall of their sophomore year, after completing the prerequisite, Foundations in Education Studies (EDST 110). Each cohort consists of 20 students with a range of interests across education practice, policy and research. In addition to their majors, Education Studies Scholars take five Education Studies courses, including a gateway course and electives; complete a field experience; and do a yearlong senior capstone project where they conduct original research or design an educational innovation.
After graduation, Education Studies Scholars become preK-12 teachers in a variety of school settings; they enter PhD programs or law school, work in think tanks, education or political consulting, educational technology, journalism, non-profits, and government, among other fields.
The next enrollment period for Education Studies is in the Fall Term 2017. Information about the application process and deadline is available here. There will be two information sessions on Thursday October 5, 4:30-5:30 SSS Rm 405 and Tuesday October 11, 3-4 pm, SSS Rm 405.