The Yale Education Studies Program, started in 2013, is a multidisciplinary academic program (MAP) in Yale College dedicated to improving education through research, policy and practice, creating a unique community supporting the next generation of education researchers, teachers and leaders.
Today 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.
Instead of a separate School of Education, Yale’s multidisciplinary Education Studies program brings together the study of education across the liberal arts curriculum with courses across 9 departments. Yale undergraduates can take courses in the Education Studies program and can also apply to the Education Studies Scholars program in their sophomore year, an optional program alongside their major course of study.
Each cohort of Education Studies scholars consists of 25 students from majors across the humanities, social sciences and sciences with a range of educational interests. Scholars take five Education Studies courses including EDST 110 Foundations in Education Studies, two electives and the two-semester senior capstone. Through courses, 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 summer or year-long field experience, coordinated with an Education Studies mentor, Dwight Hall or the Office of Career Strategy, offers students greater purpose, perspective and humility in their academic studies.
Other activities include weekly program dinners for new scholars where students build a sense of community, field trips and contact with leading researchers and education change makers through guest lectures hosted by the program throughout the year. The program continues to expand its offerings to the Yale University community.
The senior capstone
is a yearlong project where students conduct original research, design curriculum, evaluate policy, create a creative project or design an educational innovation.
Yale Education Studies alumni
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 Scholars program is in the Fall Term 2019. Information about the application process and deadline is available here.