The Department of Education at Dartmouth College

brainA Mind, Brain, and Education (MBE) Approach

brainThe interdisciplinary approach to understanding the developing and learning child from multiple perspectives taken by the Department is not unique, although Dartmouth may be the only undergraduate institution with a Department of Education committed to MBE. A number of leading schools have similar programs connecting psychology, neuroscience, and educational practice; for example, the Harvard University Graduate School of Education Mind, Brain, and Education Program , the Centre for Neuroscience in Education at the University of Cambridge, and the Learning in Informal and Formal Environments (LIFE) Center, a collaboration between the University of Washington and Stanford University, among others. Internationally, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is committed to fostering links between rigorous research and educational practice, as is the International Mind, Brain, and Education Society.

learningIn June 2008 the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) convened an expert panel to make recommendations to teacher educators about how principles of child and adolescent development are taught, integrated, and applied within teacher education programs and to make recommendations to policymakers about “changing the culture of schools to include scientific knowledge about child and adolescent development.” The Dartmouth Department of Education is at the leading edge of thinking about education: Understanding the cognitive, emotional, linguistic, social, moral, and motivational development of children and adolescents from many perspectives and using that empirical knowledge to inform thinking about classroom practice is at the core of our mission.

teachingWhat Can You Do with Education?

What do you want to be when you grow up? Parent? Pediatrician? Counselor? Child advocate? Speech-language pathologist? Tutor? Principal? Educational researcher? Family court lawyer? School administrator? Teacher? Scientist? Reading specialist? Developmental neuroscientist? Educational consultant? Special educator? Child psychologist? Foster parent? Bilingual educator? Educational policymaker? If you want to make a difference in children’s lives, you will want to get involved with the Department of Education. If you want a job that involves learning and teaching (and what job doesn’t, when you stop to think about it…), you will want to get involved with the Department of Education.

Opportunities to Work with Children and Adolescents

Many students who are interested in the field of Education are also interested in working with and learning from children and adolescents. In addition to the Teacher Education Program, which provides structured in-classroom experiences during the junior and senior year, there are many opportunities to work with children and adolescents through many different campus organizations.

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