Educational Policy and Practice

Track Chair

The Nexus in Educational Policy and Practice is intended to provide students with an opportunity to conduct a cross-disciplinary exploration of an education-related topic. The multidisciplinary nature of the Nexus offers varied perspectives on contemporary contexts and historical moments that shape and define knowledge, behavior, structures, organizations, and policies both in and out of educational settings. Examples of these varied perspectives include Education: Policy and Politics; Philosophy and the Child; International Education; Education and the Arts; Environmental Education.

Courses (listed in the course catalog)

Preview courses students have taken to create individual plans of study.

  • Education 205, Racism and Inequality in Schools and Society
  • Psychology 233, Educational Psychology
  • Educational Studies 339, Educational Policy
  • A second course at the 200 level and one course at the 300 level focusing on a specific area of study. Possible areas include: Knowledge and the Humanities; National and International Perspectives on Education; Gender and Education; Teaching and Learning; Educational Policy, Sport Pedagogy and Coaching, etc.
  • One 2-credit post-experiential course (College 211) culminating in a presentation at the fall LEAP symposium 

Possible Nexus Configurations

Education: Policy and Politics

      • Education 205 Racism and Inequality in Schools and Society
      • Politics 252, Urban Politics
      • Summer internship with Massachusetts State Legislature, Joint Committee on Education; Massachusetts Board of Higher Education or the Center for Education Policy, UMass, Amherst
      • College 211 with presentation at LEAP Symposium
      • Educational Studies 339, Educational Policy
      • LATST 365, A History of Deportation

Philosophy and the Child

      • Psychology 230, Developmental Psychology
      • Philosophy 280, Philosophy for Children
      • Summer internship at Thinking: The Journal of Philosophy for Children, a journal published by the Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children, a nonprofit educational institute at Montclair State University 
      • College 211 with presentation at LEAP Symposium
      • English 265, Survey of Literature for Children and Young Adults
      • Religion 331, Childhood and Children in Religion

International Education

      • Education 205, Racism and Inequality in Schools and Society
      • Summer internship in Nairobi, Kenya in an alternative school
      • College 211 with presentation at LEAP Symposium
      • Politics 232, International Political Economy
      • Education 226, The Making of A School (at Smith College)
      • Education 395, Independent Study, Curriculum Design


Other Possible Nexus Configurations

Education and the Arts, which would allow students to explore the role of the visual and performing arts in PK-12 education with the support of the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum’s docent program and public outreach efforts and alumni at the Getty Museum and local teaching museums such as the Porter Phelps Huntington Museum; and work with the theatre arts and dance departments and local resources such as Springfield and Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Schools.

Environmental Education, which could include academic coursework in the sciences and social sciences along with experiential-based work at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment and other local and national education-oriented environmental businesses and centers.

Use the search for classes link for the most up-to-date list of courses.