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 4+1 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.
In cooperation with the Psychology Department, the School of Education offers a major and a minor in child development. 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 and other programs, and may choose to emphasize either early childhood education or, if they have special interests in chronically ill children and those considered "at risk," child life in hospitals.
The major in child development meets the requirements for a state of California child development master teacher or site supervisor permit for teaching in preschool and day-care centers, and provides a strong basis for graduate school and for many other careers.
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 4+1 in teaching. In addition, the minor provides opportunities for students to become engaged in 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.
4+1 BA, MA, and Teacher Credential Program
The Mills College 4+1 BA, MA, and teacher credential program allows undergraduates to complete their disciplinary major, a master of arts degree in education with an emphasis on teaching, and a teaching credential from the state of California. All requirements for the BA are completed during the first four years of the program and, during this time, students also take courses that serve as part of their preparation for earning a teaching credential and master’s degree. Student teaching and master’s course work are completed during the fifth year. Due to the fast pace of the 4+1 program, students will not be able to complete a double major as a part of their BA. The requirements of the senior and fifth years do not allow for a study abroad program during those years.
With Mills' unique Bachelor's to Master's 4+1 Degree Programs you can earn two academic degrees in five years—increasing your career options after college. Click a link below for courses you can be taking now to prepare for your Bachelor's to Master's 4+1 Degree.
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