The Educational Foundations Program is built on the premise that the curricula, pedagogical and educational policy decisions of teachers, school administrators and other related professionals should be founded on the disciplines of philosophy, history, psychology, sociology, anthropology and political science. For it is through these disciplines that educational professionals and others engaged in the educational enterprise are able to ask the relevant questions about the nature of students and their world, and make the most appropriate decisions with regards to the education of a diverse body of students.

Program Benefits

The Educational Foundations Program seeks to challenge educators to develop an understanding of the theoretical, conceptual and policy related underpinnings of the educational enterprise and its various curriculum and instructional approaches. Teachers, school administrators and other related professionals are challenged to these ends through the Educational Foundations undergraduate and graduate course sequence in philosophy and history, development and individual difference, and educational psychology.

Through this Educational Foundations coursework, students will:

  • Acquire an extensive knowledge base and seek out opportunities to develop, demonstrate and apply that knowledge to various academic and professional settings.
  • Connect theory and practice in order to promote effective decision-making, critical analysis and synthesis.
  • Engage in critical reflective thinking.
  • Learn the value of human diversity and respect varied talents and perspectives.
  • Develop a professional philosophy that exemplifies individual identity and integrity.
  • Learn the value of, and promote, lifelong learning.
  • Develop and employ meta-cognitive strategies that can be applied to and beneficial within various academic and professional settings.

Career Options

The Educational Foundations Program offers coursework that supports various teacher education programs across the Goodwin College of Education, including Early Childhood Education, Bilingual Bicultural and Elementary Education, Secondary and K-12 Education, and Special Education. In addition, the Educational Foundations Program offers coursework that supports other disciplines and career options in fields such as social work, sociology, psychology, justice students, and health and wellness.

For more detailed career information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Academic Catalog Information

Take a closer look at Educational Foundations and the courses offered toward the program.

Educational Foundations

Department and Contact Information

If you are interested in the program or have questions, please contact Educational Inquiry and Curriculum Studies at (773) 442-5517.

Educational Inquiry & Curriculum Studies

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