2018 In Review

2018 In Reflection

It has been a busy year in the School of Education at the University of Puget Sound and a time of deep curriculum and program development in the Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Education in Counseling programs. Below are updates and links to resources where you can learn more about our work.

Master of Arts in Teaching
MAT faculty collaborated with local teachers and administrators to plan the Teachers and Students Unlearning Racism strand for the 2018 Race and Pedagogy National Conference. As a part of conference planning we compiled text sets focused on race and racism and immigration and refugee experiences, and published a special issue of the Race and Pedagogy Journal Undoing Miseducation: Centering Race and Unlearning Racism in Teacher Education featuring the work of MAT candidates. Faculty in African American Studies, the Race and Pedagogy Institute and the MAT program are collaborating on the Advancing Systemic Equity Grant from the Professional Educator Standards Board to increase equity in educator preparation programs. As a part of our partnership, undergraduate students in the African American Studies Public Scholarship course (AFAM 399) and MAT candidates participated in a series of class exchanges to have shared discussions about social justice education.

Read AFAM 399 student Anna Mondschean’s reflections about intellectual activism and transformative pedagogy.

Master of Education in Counseling
Effective Fall 2019 the Master of Education in Counseling program will require a 15-unit program of study consistent with the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accreditation standards. The University is investing resources to support the program to seek this new accreditation. As a part of curriculum development, faculty are designing a new 100-hour practicum experience for students in the first year of the program. Counseling Program Director Professor Grace Kirchner is retiring effective July 1, 2019. Grace has made significant and long-time contributions to the ongoing development of the MEd program. Read her reflections about her 45-year career in mental health.

Education Studies Minor
Seniors in the Education Studies minor volunteer in local classrooms and assist teachers with a year-long action research project. Read Education Studies minor Isabella Locklear’s reflections about researching student communication.

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We wish you a happy new year!

AmyRyken3Amy E. Ryken is the Dean of the School of Education. She began her teaching career as a chemistry teacher at Berkeley High School and has taught at Puget Sound since 2001.