Department of Education - Brown University

The concentration in Education Studies requires a total of 10 courses.  At least eight must be taken in the Education Department at Brown University.  One course must either be a qualitative methods course (EDUC 1100) or a quantitative methods course (EDUC 1110 or an approved equivalent in another department).  Five courses must be taken in one of the two Areas of Emphasis, either Human Development or Policy-and-History.   Electives may be additional Brown University Education courses, courses chosen from a list of pre-approved Brown University outside the Education Department, or courses at Brown or other universities that receive specific approval in advance from the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Students in the Human Development Area of Emphasis should note that because they must take a foundational course in History and another in Policy, they will need only two additional Electives to meet the ten-course requirement.  Students in the Policy-and-History Area of Emphasis must take one foundational course in Human Development plus one additional Education course outside Policy-and-History, plus two Electives.  Electives may include any Education courses taken outside the Area of Emphasis or approved courses taken in other departments

Concentrators are required to take at least one foundational course in each of four Core Categories:  Human Development, History, Policy, and Research Methods.  Foundational courses taken in the Area of Emphasis count toward the total of 5 required for that Area of Emphasis. 

If you are interested in a master's-level program that...

  • Will immerse you in the world of urban education policy for an intense twelve-month cohort model program
  • Will provide you with a rigorous and structured set of academic courses taught by a nationally renowned faculty with expertise in the area of the politics of public education, school governance, economics of education, teacher evaluation and effectiveness
  • Will challenge you to participate in an integrated summer research project and an intensive academic year nine-month internship
  • And will allow you to graduate with a master's degree from Brown and with a set of core skills that are essential for anyone whose interests lie in education policy formation and analysis

...then the UEP program is for you.

The Brown Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program is an intensive one-year master’s and certification program that prepares tomorrow’s teacher leaders. The program prepares teachers in secondary education (grades 7-12) English, history/social studies, or science (biology, chemistry, or engineering/physics). 

The Brown MAT program aims to prepare critical, impactful, and reflexive secondary teachers who demonstrate excellence in both their academic discipline and the multifaceted field of education. It aims to produce teachers with deep understanding of the social contexts of education and how they affect students, families, communities, and schools. It seeks to cultivate skills and commitments in pre-service teachers to improve student learning outcomes and promote equity in education. Graduates will be prepared to approach the teaching of students in diverse communities with empathy and cultural competence based in critical reflection that strives to continuously improve their own practice. 

Swearer Center

The Bonner Community Fellows Program at Brown aims to combine a student’s community engagement with their academic and career goals. Bonner Community Fellows are committed to working in a sustained, intentional and intensive way with a community partner that works to address issues in one of our five focus areas: Education, Healthcare, Environment, Economic Justice and the Arts. Together with community partners, Fellows will strive to build socially just communities where people have the resources they need to reach their full potential.

We support students of diverse economic and social backgrounds to become leaders through their community engagement; to do so we provide reflection and skill development opportunities, mentorship and advising and financial assistance for income-eligible students.

The Engaged Scholars Program (ESP) enables students who are passionate about communities and the challenges they face to design courses of study and action as part of their concentration requirements. Through guided coursework, advising and hands-on experience working with community partners, students in ESP are able to contextualize abstract theories, challenge assumptions and develop skills that prepare them for lives of effective action. Students who complete the program receive an academic transcript designation as Engaged Scholars.

The Community Corps Program is made up of undergraduate students who engage directly with community partners at sites including schools, the hospital, social service agencies, or individual tutoring. The program provides students with a structured and supportive cohort that builds skills, competencies, and learning opportunities through community engagement.



To find a particular type of community opportunity, use the "Get Involved" feature by searching for interests (e.g. public health, hunger and homelessness, animals, etc). If you are a student interested in enrolling in a Swearer Center program or fellowship, head to the Swearer Center portal.

Brown Groups and Community Partners:

Don’t forget to affiliate with us! This will allow students to see your volunteer opportunities, internships, and events. Learn more about the affiliate process here

In 2015, the CSSJ developed a unique initiative for Hope High School students called the Civil Rights Movement Initiative. This initiative aims to help high school students understand the Civil Rights Movement as something more than events of the past, and as a bridge to understanding the present. Once a week for six weeks students explore different aspects of the Civil Rights Movement, culminating with a week-long Civil Rights tour throughout the south. This seven-day trip enables a diverse group of students to visit historic sites and museums commemorating the Civil Rights Movement and to meet the Movement’s veterans and activists. The trip provides historic context for students to engage in meaningful conversations about racism, social privilege, educational inequality, and economic disparity in the United States today. To conclude the program students hold a public lunch talk at Brown University in February, sharing their experience with students, faculty, staff and the community.

The Brown History Education Prison Project is a program in which faculty from the History Department co-teach broadly themed college-level history classes to men incarcerated in the medium security facility of Rhode Island’s Adult Correctional Institute (ACI). These courses are seminar style and issue driven; past themes include “War and Empire” and “State, God and Citizen.. The program, which Professor Amy Remensnyder founded in 2012, has taught more than 70 men so far. It evolved from a program called Brown Education Link Lecture Series (or BELLS), founded by undergraduate Jonathan Coleman in 2008. Professor Remensnyder has twice also taught a parallel class simultaneously at Brown and in the ACI called "Locked Up."

Founded in 2016 with a generous donation from the family of Alan Hassenfeld, the Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute (HCHII) aims to make a transformative impact on the lives of children and their families in Rhode Island, as well as around the world.

Made stronger by its deep and far reaching collaborations, the Hassenfeld Institute is led by and partners with key organizations throughout Rhode Island. Its core leadership resides under the following four institutions: Brown University’s School of Public HealthHasbro Children’s Hospital, the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. Researchers and child health professionals from other institutions, such as Bradley HospitalThe Miriam Hospital, and our community partners are also intricately involved.   

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