"Social justice education aims to promote full and equitable access to education for all members of society, and to use education as means for promoting social change."

Prescott College seeks to make the world a better place by providing an environment in which students may develop the wisdom and values for becoming conscientious teachers. Students encounter experiential methods and cultural and environmental sensitivities that will in turn enable them to flourish in a variety of educational settings. Graduates of Prescott College have the skills, knowledge, and confidence to establish and maintain compassionate and just learning communities.

The Education Program develops teachers who are dedicated, informed, and resourceful learners, prepared to provide a dynamic and learner-centered classroom. Courses emphasize current educational research, theory, and practical experience. Students master educational principles and apply these in authentic classroom situations. Their professional goals help guide their coursework.

The Program supports teacher preparation in a broad continuum of settings, including public schools, environmental education centers, alternative schools, and social justice outreach programs. Prescott College partners with local schools that employ a wide variety of educational approaches, including expeditionary learning, Outward Bound, Waldorf, multiple intelligence, multi-age grouping, and more conventional approaches.

Education Program Competences

  • Professional Teacher Preparation – Elementary and Secondary Education Certification
  • Environmental Education
  • Education (without Certification)
  • Social Justice Education

In any education degree plan, students demonstrate knowledge and/or experience in:

  • The history and philosophy of education
  • Learning theory and educational psychology
  • Education for diverse populations
  • Both guided and independent study and practice in curriculum design, teaching, and assessment

Student-Directed Competence Examples

Experiential Education

Students learn to employ experiential teaching methods that effectively incorporate recognition of current cultural issues, multicultural sensitivity, and current political and environmental situations into the classroom. They develop an understanding of group dynamics, educational theory and practice, special education, and the foundations of education to develop multi-intelligence teaching skills.

Secondary Education and Experiential Methods

Students explore a range of teaching philosophies and practical methodologies. They survey teaching strategies to find positive and ethical educator and facilitator techniques for in-classroom and field-based learning, incorporating multicultural, multi-intelligence, experiential, and action-oriented education into their skill set. Studies include exploration of outdoor and wilderness activities as an experience- based teaching tool.


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  • David Meeks

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