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About the Program in Education


The Duke University Program in Education provides opportunities for undergraduates to connect their liberal art studies and the academic work of their major with rigorous intellectual examination of the issues confronting schools, children, and communities. Over the past several years, there has been a growing interest among Duke Undergraduates in the complex problems our nation faces and ways they as college graduates might contribute to resolving these issues. The Program in Education offers Undergraduates ways to explore these pressing problems involving issues of race, class, and gender, particularly in relation to schools. Through interactive academic coursework and hands-on service-learning experiences, undergraduates reflect deeply on underlying educational principles and gain the insight needed to become advocates for educational issues within the United States. The 2008 SACS report can be read here.  The theme for the 2008-2009 Annual Report is Fostering Collegiality, Community, and Collaboration. The Annual Report can be read here. Directions to the Program in Education can be found by clicking here. 



Applications are now available for the 2010 Holton Prize

The Holton Prize recognizes investigative research, curriculum development work, and innovative projects in Education-related fields.   Three cash awards of $500 will be given for outstanding work by Duke undergraduates.  Entries should be submitted to Dean Caroline Lattimore in 011 Allen Building no later than April 23, 2010. Applications are available here.

The Program in Education is now the administrative home for International Center for Service-Learning in Teacher Education.

The center is "a focal point for teacher educators in higher education and their community partners in all aspects of service-learning in teacher education; including research, information resources, professional development and collaboration."  (http://www.clemson.edu/ICSLTE/)  Service Learning Instructor Dr. Kathy Sikes is the Executive Administrative Director for the center. To learn  more about the center please click here. 

Service Learning on Duke Today

Dr. Jan Riggsbee was interviewed by Duke Today to discuss service learning. To view the interview please click here.


The 2008-2009 Annual Report

The theme for the 2008-2009 Annual Report is Fostering Collegiality, Community, and Collaboration.

The report can be read here.



The Minor

The Minor in Education is designed to provide students who are majoring in an Arts and Sciences discipline with opportunities to combine coursework in their majors with academic and field-based experiences focused on complex social, psychological, economic, historical, political, and cultural issues that impact schools and school children. Requirements: A total of five courses including three required courses and two electives. The required courses are Education 100; Education 118; and a third course chosen from a group of courses that address pedagogical theory and practice and the impact of individual difference and social diversity on teaching and learning. The third required course must be approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Education, carry the CCI code, and involve a field-based experience in public schools. The elective courses must be Education courses taken at or above the 100 level.  Only one of the five courses may be taken at an institution other than Duke. Students who are enrolled in the Teacher Preparation Program do not need to meet with the DUS in Education, because completion of the Elementary or Secondary Teacher Preparation Program meets the requirements of the Minor.


1. Education 100 Foundations of Education

2. Education 118 Educational Psychology


3. A field-based, CCI coded Education class approved by the DUS

4. Education elective above 100

5. Education elective above 100

Field-Based Experiences

Through the cooperation of local public and independent schools, a wide variety of experiences are available to Duke undergraduates. Starting as early as the first year, students  have the opportunity to observe diverse approaches to teaching and learning, to tutor children and youth one-on-one and in small groups, to work with children who have special needs, and to implement social service projects. For those seeking a teaching license, a full-time student teaching internship culminates the teacher preparation program. The student teaching internship takes place in a local public school classroom and allows students to engage in the kind of critical reflection and refinement of skills that lead to a successful teaching career.


Academically/Intellectually Gifted (AIG) Program

In cooperation with Durham Public Schools, the North Carolina Model Teacher Education Consortium, and the Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP), the Program in Education is pleased to offer non-degree, graduate level coursework in gifted education to Durham Public School teachers. Four courses totaling 12 semester credit hours are offered. Upon successful completion of the program, teachers can obtain AIG (K-12) add-on licensure to their North Carolina teaching license.   To learn more please click here.

The University Experience

Duke's undergraduate liberal arts college is widely recognized as one of the country's best institutions of higher learning. Duke's achievement is based on the recruitment of a select group of truly distinguished faculty and the admission of an equally exceptional student body. The commitment to breadth and depth of study within majors develops new teachers who have a sophisticated understanding in their fields. Candidates in Duke's Teacher Preparation Program benefit from small classes, close contact with mentors in professional education, and a personalized series of experiences in area schools. These local schools are as committed to the education of teachers as Duke candidates are to providing meaningful experiences for the young people they encounter.

    During the 2007-2008 school year there were 737 students involved in a tutoring program. These students contributed 24,832 hours of service to local schools and the Duke Community. The statistics on our tutoring programs can be found here.

For More Information

Students interested in teaching or in education in general should visit the Program in Education Office at 213 West Duke Building, East Campus. To obtain Title II information about Duke University's Teacher Preparation Program, please contact our office at pie@duke.edu or (919) 660-3075.