Department of Educational Studies

Gain a critical understanding of the relationship among power, knowledge, education, and society.


Professor of Educational Studies John Palmer, speaks during the kickoff of MLK Week, Jan. 23, 2017

Colgate’s educational studies department bridges theory, research, and practice to develop more informed and engaged students in varied educational contexts. We examine how institutions, practices, and social forces construct knowledge, power, and identity through a variety of educational and cultural contexts, and we reimagine our collective role in contributing to a more democratic and just society.

Mentored by a dedicated faculty, students draw on interdisciplinary modes of critical analysis to examine educational methods in the United States and societies across the globe, and, for those interested, study can be completed in combination with teacher certification and/or a master’s degree.

The department offers the following programs:

Undergraduate Major:

  • Educational Studies

Teaching Certification:

  • Teacher Preparation Program - accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC)

Undergraduate Minor:

  • Educational Studies

Graduate Degree:

  • Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) - accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC)


Department Contacts

Chair: Susan Woolley
Academic Division Coordinator: Erin Conway
Office: 19a Persson Hall
Phone: 315-228-7256

I want to be a scholar-activist, whatever shape or form that may take.

Woohee Kim Class of 2016

Teaching Certification
Interested in becoming a teacher? Colgate students pursuing nearly any undergraduate major can participate in the Teacher Preparation Program to pursue requirements that lead to teaching certification. This program is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).

Learn About Teacher Prep

Master of the Arts in Teaching (MAT)
For those pursuing advanced study, the educational studies department offers a master’s degree in teaching program, accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC), open to graduates of Colgate and other schools at an 80 percent tuition reduction.

Explore the Colgate MAT

Race & Education Lecture Series
Browse past lectures and see upcoming events in our annual Race and Education Lecture Series, where guest speakers inspire reflection and explore connections between race and educational processes and institutions from contemporary and historical perspectives.

Learn About the Lecture Series