Integral to our programs is the department's signature attribute of social justice, exhibited through a curricular focus upon advocacy for equity, civic engagement, global citizenship, and international/comparative perspectives. Education faculty are experts in these fields, conducting, presenting, and publishing their own research, and facilitating opportunities for undergraduate scholarship.
Our Social Justice Course Integration may be found by clicking here.
Explore classrooms around the world! Elizabethtown College strongly encourages its students to study abroad. As an education major, there are many benefits to experiencing life in another culture including those directly to your area of study—such as a Spanish Education majors studying in South America or a future history teacher spending a semester in Greece.
The Office of International Programs at E-town offers a variety of study abroad programs.
There are several ways to explore the bigger world at Elizabethtown College:
Short-Term Trips with an Education Faculty Member
Faculty members from the education department, as well as other disciplines, often arrange short-term cultural or educational excursions. Some of these experiences also are tied into a specific course.
Most recently, students in ED 372 - Peace Education and Integrated Schools in Northern Ireland and the United States – went to Belfast during the May term 2014 to study, research, and meet with stakeholders involved in the integrated and shared education movements. Students also experienced some of the important heritage sites involved in the Troubles. The trip was documented on Twitter at #Ecedforpeace. The department plans to offer the course again in 2016.
Traveling to a new country is not limited to studying. The Center for Community and Civic Engagement posts opportunities for service-trips, which are available to all students on campus.Poverty Simulation
Many curricular and co-curricular opportunities will arise that will help prepare you to enter the field of education. These include reading to children at libraries, tutoring Spanish-speaking children and adults that are learning English, volunteering as a science fair judge, tutoring local students and many more.
Commitment to Community Certificate Program
Education majors may select to participate in the Commitment to Community certificate program as an important extension of their coursework.
Per the parameters of the certificate program, each student self-selected their community engagement project (s) to complete the required 100 hours, made key theoretical connections between the activities and their education coursework, participated in group reflection sessions, and maintained a digital portfolio. Contents of this portfolio will later be included in the students’ professional portfolios that are required for graduation and teacher certification.
The Poverty Simulation is a profoundly moving experience. It provokes thought, emotion and insightful conversation about the realities of poverty and how entire communities need to work together to address the problem. Most importantly, it moves people to get involved and make a difference !
The Community Action Program (CAP) of Lancaster County's poverty simulation is a series of role playing scenarios that give participants the opportunity to learn about the realities of poverty and its effects. People adopt a new persona and a family profile that they must live with for the duration of the exercise. They must navigate through daily tasks that many of us take for granted. During four 15-minute "weeks" those assigned adult roles try to maintain their home, feed their families, send their children to school, and maintain utility services while trying to navigate local support and resources.