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Academic Programs

Education: Teaching, Schools, and Society

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Salem offers a bachelor of arts with a major in Teaching, Schools, and Society with several interdisciplinary concentrations blending broad areas of study and foundational education classes: Advocacy (public policy, history, sociology, and psychology), Literacy (English, creative writing), Natural Sciences (bio, chemistry, physics, and earth science) and Social Sciences (history, sociology, economics, and political science).


Student Experience

Students in Teaching, Schools, and Society do extensive field experiences in local schools, including but not limited to observing, teaching lessons, and student teaching.  The result for them is opportunities to apply what they learned in the classroom to authentic school situations and get feedback from professors on their development as educators.


Health Leadership Highlights

  • For example, a required course for this program is Texts in Context. This course addresses young adult and children’s literature as a central relevance to K-12 education.
  • A foundational understanding of this course is that education and literacy are key to the health of children and the overall health of communities.  Through a close examination of young adult and children’s literature, this course examines social determinants of health as demonstrated in literary works.

Jobs and Outcomes

The teacher education program at Salem College is rooted in our history and grounded in our foundational belief that equitable learning opportunities should be made available for all students. Prospective teachers, Salem faculty, and school-based partners collaborate to promote lifelong learning for all students. The objective of the teaching, schools, and society major is to provide tomorrow’s educators with a broad understanding of the societal context in which twenty-first century schools operate. Though this major is not required to pursue teacher licensure, it is excellent preparation for teaching in the areas of elementary and special education.


Program Leadership

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Raechel Nelson
Shanta Reddick
Brooke Jones

Alumnae Success Stories

Raechel Nelson

Raechel Nelson 2016

As a first-year student, I didn’t have a clear understanding of what I wanted to do. I wanted to make an impact on the world around me, but I wasn’t entirely positive how I would best be able to do so. I began to consider majoring in education, but I really needed guidance in making the decision. So, I ventured into the department office, in search of somebody that would be able to help me figure it out. Within minutes, I was sitting with the department head, talking about my life, how I ended up at Salem, and the career paths that I was considering. She was interested in more than doing her job; she was interested in me as a person. She advised me to take the introductory course, and assured me that the entire Education Department would be behind me throughout my journey at Salem. Sure enough, I fell in love with the field after that first course, and I haven’t looked back since.

Shanta Reddick

Shanta Reddick 2016

Shanta Reddick enrolled as a traditional-age student in the fall of 1993 following high school graduation in Winston-Salem. Life happened and Shanta left school as a young adult. Multiple times she returned with aspirations to complete her degree. Her last enrollment at Salem helped her reach the finish line! She graduated with a bachelor of arts in education. She...
Brooke Jones

Brooke Jones 2016

I look forward to the challenges of teaching with hopeful optimism, a willingness to work hard on behalf of my students, and a commitment to keep learning myself. I know I still have a lot to learn, but I can’t wait!

Raechel Nelson
Shanta Reddick
Brooke Jones

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