As I listened to the talks given by the professors during the Sachs Lecture Series during the 2014-2015 school year, I recalled my own teacher education. There were so many doorways of possibilities opened to me during my teacher preparation, but as I listened to the eminent professors articulate their visions about what teacher education could be and should be, I was struck by how many doors were closed, or never even appeared in the wall for me. Teacher education–as a process, as a field of scholarly inquiry, as a form of social justice–has so much potential, and so much room for growth.
For me as an aspiring scholar and lifetime teacher, the launch of the doctoral specialization in Teacher Education is not just a new set of courses to guide my practices with pre-service teachers and future research. It represents an opportunity to become a part of a community across Teachers College that is committed to educating teachers together, rather than in isolation.
Please look around the website, email us if you have any questions about the specialization, and feel free to comment here on your experiences as a pre-service teacher, or what you hope to learn from the doctoral specialization!
2nd Year Doctoral Student
Research Assistant, TCTI