Director, SUSAN ENGEL
The program in teaching is designed to enable Williams Undergraduates to study the ideas, questions, and practices involved in good teaching at all levels. The program seeks to promote and facilitate an exchange of ideas about teachers, learners and schools, within and beyond the Williams campus. The program offers a range of opportunities including courses on education, intensive supervised student teaching, workshops, advising, lecture series, and ongoing peer groups for those who teach. Students may participate in a variety of ways, ranging from taking one course to a sustained in-depth study of teaching and learning geared to those who want to become teachers, or educational psychologists. We seek to connect students with one another, to bring in expert teachers to provide mentoring, and to create links across the curriculum so that students can see the vital connections between what they study (French, Algebra or Biology for instance) and the process of teaching those topics to elementary and high school students. The program is open to any student interested in education and offers opportunities for all levels of interest, including those who want to find out about certification and graduate study. Students seeking certification through an arrangement with the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) should consult with Susan Engel before the end of their sophomore year.
The following provides a sample outline of the sequence of courses and experiences that an interested student might take
--Psychology 101 Intro to Psych (required for further psychology courses);
--Psychology 232 Developmental Psychology and/or
--Psychology 242 Social Psychology;
--Psychology 272 Psychology of Education;
--Psychology 336 Adolescence;
--Psychology 372 Advanced Seminar in Teaching and Learning
--At least one Winter Study in an intensive teaching practicum. The major programs are in Berkshire County (under PSYC) or in New York City (under SPEC), although other opportunities may be listed elsewhere in the Winter Study section of the course catalogue.
No specific major is required to participate in the program-although some lend themselves easily to certification, such as Mathematics, English, Biology, American history, or French, almost all of our majors can provide the basis of teacher certification. Alternately, students can major in Psychology, take a concentration of courses in a different field, and then pursue that content area more intensively in graduate work.
Other courses of interest include:
Economics 359 The Economics of Higher Education
Mathematics 285 Teaching Mathematics
Philosophy 331 Contemporary Epistemology
Philosophy 379 American Pragmatism
Psychology 332 Cognitive Development
Psychology 333 Children's Lives: Thinking, Feeling and Doing
Psychology 341 Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination
Psychology 351 Peer Relations