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. 

Teaching is most definitely an art. At Salem, women (traditional-age, Fleer, and graduate level) and men (Fleer and graduate-level) who are looking to become the educational leaders of tomorrow learn the art of teaching through a careful and intentional blend of course work and multiple field-based experiences. Through it all, they enjoy a close and collaborative learning environment.

Teaching, Schools, and Society Major

The Teaching, Schools and Society major offers students several interdisciplinary concentrations blending broad areas of study and foundational education classes: Advocacy (public policy, history, sociology and psychology), Math (multiple math strands), Environment (biology, environmental sciences and policy), Literacy (English, creative writing), Natural Sciences (bio, chemistry, physics and earth science) and Social Sciences (history, sociology, economics and political science). Along with focusing on a specific area, Teaching, Schools, and Society “situates” each concentration within the figured world of school and schooling. While TSS majors are not required to pursue teacher licensure, this major is excellent preparation for teaching in the areas of elementary and special education.

Your Faculty 

The Teaching, Schools, and Society major is truly interdisciplinary, though it is housed in the Education Department. Depending on your choice of concentration, you will work with faculty across several departments at Salem College including: arts management and not-for-profit management; English and creative writing; education; policy, politics, and public service; mathematics; psychology; sciences (biology, chemistry, environmental studies, and physics); and sociology.

Your Results 

When you graduate from this program, you’ll have a broad understanding of the societal context in which twenty-first century schools operate. More importantly, you will be equipped to serve as a change agent in that setting and be committed to promoting equitable educational opportunities for all learners.