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Four Cornerstone Principles

Earlham's grounding in Quaker practices offers an excellent vehicle to face the societal challenges reflected in every classroom; these practices include cooperative community, the pursuit of an openness to truth, respect for consciences of others and lack of coercion. The M.A.T and M.Ed. programs seek to attain these goals through the implementation of four cornerstone principles.


Theory into Practice

Practicing educators use their coursework and current educational settings for implementation and research during their time in the program. This concept aligns with our collective belief that being able to put educational theory into practice is where the most learning occurs.

Reflective Educator

With the use of action research and the teacher as researcher, the program provides educators with the necessary tools to become reflective practitioners in their own classrooms, schools, and other educational environments.

Teaching All Students

The needs of today's students are growing and changing. Today's educators need to be able to respond to issues of literacy, critical thinking, inclusion, differentiated instruction, gifted and talented, and other issues of students.

Professional Educator

This aligns with our belief that the profession of education needs to be strengthened. Not only should educators be treated as professionals, but educators should believe that they are professionals. This includes participation in on-going professional development opportunities that impact educators' leadership and involvement in their schools and learning communities.

Earlham's Commitment to Excellence in Teaching

At Earlham, few activities are more esteemed and joyful than teaching — and creating educators. The College's long-standing commitment to excellence in teaching encourages and develops students' passion and potential as educators. Earlham's M.A.T. and M.Ed. programs are unique in focusing on the cohort model and developing a culture of collegiality. The cohort is an entering class of students who work together throughout the program.

The College intends to do more than provide licensure for teachers. The programs' purpose is to develop educators who are leaders in their school communities, who model outstanding classroom practices, and who prepare their own students to be socially active and morally conscious citizens in this new century.

The Earlham M.A.T. Program also emphasizes the teacher as researcher, one who is able to locate the most recent social science and educational research on teaching and learning. Students become competent users of the Socratic seminar method of instruction as a means of helping their own students develop critical thinking and communication skills.

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Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

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