The widely respected School of Education at Mills College offers teaching and administrative credentials, master’s degrees, and doctoral degrees in graduate education. Students choose from one of three program areas:
Early Childhood Education
Within each of these areas, there are numerous specialties and focus areas, including child life in hospitals, early childhood special education, elementary education, secondary education, and leadership in early childhood care and education. The School of Education also coordinates a joint program with the Psychology Department in infant mental health and with the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business in a joint MBA/MA in Educational Leadership.
Graduate students are taught by distinguished faculty members who are respected as innovators in the field of education and whose course work has been developed from a shared progressive vision of educational practice. Our community is enriched by new students who join us each year, many of whom have extensive experience in teaching and educational leadership. The School of Education also partners with a vast network of education professionals who share the school’s commitment to equity and social justice. Our new Center for Urban Schools and Partnerships supports course work and fieldwork in Oakland.
Graduates of the school’s three programs have established themselves as professional leaders working worldwide in urban schools, hospitals, and social service and government agencies, and in special programs for children, adolescents, and adults. School of Education alumnae/i have started their own schools, written books and research articles, become university professors and researchers, and created new social awareness of young people’s needs in nonprofit educational organizations. The knowledge and skills obtained at Mills, along with authentic learning opportunities to reflect on the relationship between theory and practice, provide a framework for the successful careers of our graduates.