Education Studies

You will tailor your own education coursework, with support, and your education studies will be fully integrated into Hamilton's innovative liberal arts curriculum. You will put in at last 75 hours of fieldwork in local schools.

Jose Vazquez '15 (blue shirt) paints a mural at a school in Baltimore with his group.
Jose Vazquez '15 (blue shirt) paints a mural at a school in Baltimore during an internship for The Heart of America Foundation in Washington D.C.

A student’s evolution: entertaining the possibilities

Jose Vazquez ’15 says his education classes showed him he can use his skills to do anything he wants. He entered Hamilton College thinking law school was the only way to go. “The education studies program at Hamilton is not about teaching you how to teach or how to only just frame a curriculum or learn about history. It embraces you and teaches you how to become a better learner yourself,” says Vazquez, who double-minors in education studies and Hispanic studies and majors in government.

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Alyssa Bawden ’12

Alyssa Bawden '12 and her first-graders at Success Academy Harlem 4.

A graduate’s progress: striving for change in schools

Teaching was not the career Alyssa Bawden ’12 anticipated, but after she took an education history course at Hamilton College, her interest grew and she made education studies her minor. Right out of college, Bawden landed a teaching fellowship with Success Academy Charter Schools in New York City, then earned a master’s degree. She teaches first-graders at Success Academy Harlem 4.

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