The Integrated Educational Studies (IES) degree program provides students with a comprehensive preparation to be educators in a classroom or community setting. IES students actively design the direction of their education, and their future. The program embodies John Dewey’s concept of education as a “freeing of individual capacity in a progressive growth directed to social aims.” We believe education provides students a unique opportunity to be actively involved in elements that create a just democracy.
Students can choose to major or minor in IES and select one of two emphases: Schools or Community. Choosing the Schools-emphasis might lead to starting your own school or teaching in K-12 schools, private academies or charter schools. Choosing the Community-emphasis might lead to working in a non-profit organization, creating tutoring or after-school businesses, working with policy-oriented efforts, working in professional development or teaching in a dance, art, or music studio.
A well-rounded teaching program should include field experiences and opportunities to study abroad. All IES students have numerous occasions to apply their skills in a variety of practical settings.