The Mills College School of Education prepares leaders for teaching, school administration, early childhood education, work in hospitals, and other educational environments. We believe in the essential role of education to create a more equitable society. Our location in Oakland, California, enables us to tap into the rich resources of the San Francisco Bay Area to inform our work and strengthen our ability to prepare leaders for urban settings.
Early Childhood Education
Our Early Childhood Education Programs prepare you to become early childhood teachers, professionals, and cross-disciplinary leaders who support children’s learning, development, and overall well-being.
Our Teachers for Tomorrow’s Schools Program is designed to prepare professional, reflective, collaborative, and visionary teachers who are committed to improving K–12 education in urban schools.
Our Educational Leadership Programs are designed for working practitioners who hold or seek leadership positions in settings such as urban public school systems, higher education institutions, nonprofit organizations, and early childhood educational programs.
Mills College Children's School
At the heart of our Early Childhood Education Programs is the Mills College Children's School, the oldest laboratory school west of the Mississippi. You'll put theory into practice at this internationally renowned facility.
Connect your work to the community through our partnerships with individuals and organizations focused on creating opportunities for students and teachers and improving educational quality.
Faculty Scholars & Researchers
Our School of Education faculty are widely renowned for scholarly research that addresses critical and timely educational issues and contributes to the advancement of educational practice.
Who We Are
We are a community of faculty, staff, students, and alumnae who share a commitment to improve the education and life chances of children and youth in Oakland, throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, and across the globe.
What We Do
We have a strong local and national reputation in early childhood education, teacher preparation, and school leadership. Our commitment to social justice permeates our teaching and research as we prepare highly skilled educational leaders in classrooms, school administration, and hospitals.
Mills gave me a theoretical framework for considering leadership toward social justice. My study actually focused on how African American women leaders use their life story to navigate the power dynamics of predominantly Caucasian institutions to lead toward social justice. Having a framework for leadership that goes beyond the traditional orthodoxy is particularly helpful in considering many of the issues facing our college (and the state).
Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud, MA '08, EdD '09
Chancellor, Peralta Community College District