Several programs in the School of Education are designed for Mills College undergraduate students: the child development major and minor; the urban education minor; and the accelerated programs in teaching and infant mental health. Graduate course work and programs, including early childhood education, teacher education, and educational leadership, are described on the School of Education website.
The School of Education offers a major and a minor in child development that encourages students to take courses in other departments. The study of children has special significance at Mills, which in 1926 opened the first campus nursery school on the West Coast as a laboratory for child study and professional training of teachers. Child development is an interdisciplinary major grounded in the study of human growth and development. Students observe and participate in the Children's School during their studies, gaining hands-on, mentored experience developing, using, and evaluating early childhood curricula with children from infancy through preschool
The major in child development aligns with the requirements for the state of California, providing eligibility for a student to apply to become a child development master teacher or to receive a site supervisor permit for teaching in preschool and day-care centers. It forms a strong basis for graduate school in education and social work, and for many other careers.
BA/MA in Teacher Education and Teacher Credential Program
This accelerated course of study leads to the equivalent of the two-year MA in Early Childhood Education, and is designed for undergraduate child development majors. This sequence is not recommended for transfer students beyond sophomore year. Students interested in the program should apply during their junior year.
Urban Education Minor
Many people believe that there is currently a crisis in urban education at this time in our history in the United States. An understanding of the challenges of urban education draws on several disciplinary frameworks including education, public policy, economics, and sociology and engages various constituencies such as local, state, and federal governments and districts; community-based organizations; and teachers’ unions. The urban education minor allows students to gain foundational knowledge of policies and practices in urban settings including schools. While the minor offers students the opportunity to select courses that match their interests, there are three core courses that bring students together to inquire into common topics in urban education. For students considering a career in education, the minor provides the opportunity either to take courses that allow them to work in schools and immerse themselves in academic courses related to urban education or to take some of the courses required for the accelerated program in teaching. In addition, the minor provides opportunities for students to perform work in neighborhoods and schools that is connected to their coursework. Child development majors may want to take this minor to add a focus on the urban context to their existing coursework.
Mills College’s innovative Bachelor’s-to-Master’s Accelerated Degree Programs allow you to earn a master’s degree in one additional year of study. Combining a master’s degree with a liberal arts undergraduate education prepares you for career success and increased options upon graduation. Mills students in this major should consider one of these options:
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