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Colleges That Train Teachers Using PBL?

Colleges That Train Teachers Using PBL?

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I recently received an email from someone needing help in finding a university for her daughter. Read below for more details:

"My oldest daughter is a junior checking out colleges. She wants to be a Kindergarten Teacher as she loves to get kids excited about learning. Having attended an Expeditionary Learning K-8 and now a PBL-based STEM high school, she wants a college/university program that will teach her to teach using the methodologies by which she loves to learn...Any insight or suggested resources would be welcome."

So how about it, Edutopians? Do you have any insights or recommendations I can pass along?

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Laura Thomas's picture
Laura Thomas
Director, Antioch University New England Center for School Renewal, Author of Facilitating Authentic Learning, Director of the Antioch Critical Skills Program; Elementary Library Media Specialist

Hmmm...I think that, for an undergraduate, you'll be more likely to find this kind of instruction at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, Berkley or one of the liberal arts colleges like Antioch, Oberlin or Beloit. I'd encourage your daughter to look for words like "progressive" in the descriptions of the programs and to ask specific questions about pedagogy, class size and philosophy when talking with admissions reps and during class visits.

I tend to be a liberal arts for undergrad, Masters for teacher-prep kind of person, though. That seems to be the model we see in our most successful Education students here at Antioch New England. Good luck!

Danielle Moser's picture

Thank you for the tips / insight. I'll have her explore the schools mentioned. I appreciate you taking the time to respond. Best, DM

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