Dean's Message

Welcome to the Mills College School of Education (SOE). We are a thriving academic institution with values and priorities centered on racial equity and social justice, deep commitments to community engagement, and inquiry as hallmarks for cultivating relevant and meaningful educational experiences for all learners.

Wendi Williams The SOE is a complex organization incorporating critical aspects of a healthy educational ecosystem. We are organized by three interdependent branches that integrate and fortify our work.

  1. Higher Education. We offer undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare future teachers, leaders, and practitioners for work in schools, communities, not-for-profit organizations, museums, and medical settings. Learn more about our undergraduate pathways and early childhood education, teacher education, and educational leadership graduate programs.
  2. Professional Development and Inquiry. We see one of our major roles is to continue the development of area teachers and leaders in schools. The Lesson Study Group and Lead by Learning (formerly Mills Teachers Scholars) programs have engaged in deep inquiry with teachers and educational leaders in our local Bay Area and across the globe to explore the benefits to teachers and leaders of inquiring into their practice as a pathway toward continued growth and improvement. Professional development opportunities through our Waldorf Certificate program, a two-summer sequence that leads to a professional development certificate, as well as our partnerships with Girls Leadership (preparing educators for the unique opportunities in supporting girls’ natural leadership capacity) and the African American Regional Education Association to support educational leaders for leading well in diversity are examples of this important work.
  3. Child and Adolescent Programming. The deeply collaborative, intentional, and developmentally thoughtful work that we prepare adult students for in our classrooms is informed by our work with young people every day. For more than 90 years, our on-campus school, the Mills College Children’s School has cared for and taught children from infancy through fifth grade, as they prepare for the middle school years. Additionally, our two federally-funded TRIO programs provide educational and college preparatory experiences for our area youth. The Upward Bound program serves high school-aged students with their sights on a college education by providing enrichment programs on the Mills College campus. The Mills Educational Talent Search (METS) provides critical outreach to middle and high school students at their schools, offering an opportunity to explore a range of educational futures from the comfort of their home school.

But perhaps most notable about our school and the wide range of academic and extracurricular experiences we engage are the people who make that work possible. Our faculty and students, our program directors and staff, each play a key role in cultivating an authentic and vibrant environment where a critical lens to teaching and learning is relied upon so that we are able to do our best work and the greatest good for the most people. Explore our programs and the people behind them through the links on this page and our faculty web pages.


Wendi Williams
Dean of the School of Education