Education department plans redesign

The Brown Daily Herald

By Daniel Goldberg

The University’s Department of Education discussed its plans to implement widespread curricular changes across all of its undergraduate and graduate programs Monday in a forum with students.

The proposal, which would go into effect over the next two years, is still in the development process, Chair of the Department of Education Tracy Steffes told The Herald. If enacted in its current form, the redesign would focus on unifying the direction of the department’s three programs — the undergraduate concentration in Education Studies, the Brown Master of Arts in Teaching Program, and the Brown Master of Arts in Urban Education Policy Program — through an increased attention to urban education, diversity in education and hands-on experience in the classroom.

“One of our strengths as a department is urban education, and we decided to really put that in the forefront in thinking about our directions moving forward,” Steffes told The Herald. The department also seeks to “strengthen our commitment to diversity and inclusion in the required coursework,” he added.

As conversation develops surrounding the future of education studies at the University, faculty in the MAT program, undergraduate concentration and UEP program are working to consider the best way forward.