The integrative concentration consists of a minimum of 4 full courses (or the equivalent), 2 experiential components, a learning portfolio, and a portfolio review.
Note: Students must earn minimum grades of C- or P for all courses that apply toward the integrative concentration.
The goal of the Education Studies Integrative Concentration (ESIC) is to prepare students for graduate work in education, careers in education policy and advocacy, or entry into the teaching profession. Although there is no education major or minor offered at Oberlin, students have opportunities to engage in courses, Winter Term projects, community- based learning, and field experiences relevant to the education profession.
In order to graduate with an Education Studies Integrative Concentration, students must take four full courses (total) in a variety of liberal arts areas that explore educational foundations, issues, and pedagogical strategies. Additionally, students must complete two experiential components (summer and/or academic year internships, practica, or Winter Term projects) that connect their pedagogical and conceptual understandings to local and off-campus educational environments. Students must include materials from their courses and experiential components in an online portfolio to be reviewed by the ESIC advisory group. The ESIC advisory group advises students regarding course and internship opportunities, prospective graduate schools, and potential employment. Similarly, the Career Development Center and the Bonner Center have information about educational internship and employment opportunities.
Visit the Education Studies webpage for more information.
Students wishing to complete the Education Studies integrative concentration should consult with a member of the concentration advisory group and complete the Integrative Concentration form. The form requires the signature of one of the concentration co-chairs.
Note: While students may begin the integrative concentration at any point in their college career, they are encouraged to do so no later than the middle of the junior year.
Susan Pavlus (Education Outreach)
Katherine Thomson-Jones (Philosophy)
See the full list of Education Studies Integrative Concentration Advisory Group Members