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Lynch School of Education

Teacher Education/Special Education, Curriculum & Instruction

lynch school of education

Maria Estela Brisk

Alec Peck, Associate Professor
Chair of the Department

This department prepares educational leaders for instructional and administrative roles in public and private schools, in institutions of higher education, and in related organizations.

Student programs are individualized under the guidance of a faculty advisor, with special consideration given to each student's career goals and certification requirements.

Courses of Study

Also, read about our C.A.E.S. programs, providing students with opportunities to build on prior graduate work.

Teacher Education Themes
Programs in Teacher Education at the Lynch School have five underlying themes. Although no single course addresses all five themes in depth and every course has goals and objectives beyond these, each course is in keeping with the themes and addresses some of the five.

Promoting Social Justice
We see teaching as an activity with political dimensions, and we see all educators as responsible for challenging inequities in the social order and working with others to establish a more just society.

Constructing Knowledge
We regard all teachers and students as active agents in their own learning, who draw on prior knowledge and experience to construct new knowledge in interaction with texts, materials, and other learners.

Inquiring Into Practice
The curriculum is intended to bridge the gap between research and practice by fostering critical reflection and by treating classrooms and schools as sites for teacher research and other forms of practitioner inquiry.

Meeting The Needs For Diverse Learning
We believe that one of the central challenges of teaching is meeting the needs of all learners, especially as the school population becomes more diverse in race, culture, ethnicity, language background, and ability/disability.

Collaborating With Others
Prospective teachers are encouraged to collaborate with each of the stakeholders in the educational process (other teachers, administrators, human services professionals, parents, community members) and with fellow students and professors.