The purpose of the Education Program at Centre College is to provide study for undergraduate students in effective teaching including practical experiences in the classroom and other educational settings.

Our mission is for students to develop a greater understanding of and appreciation for the complexities of teaching and learning and, as alumni, to lead lives of learning, leadership, and service as effective educators.

We believe that the undergraduate college experience offers an excellent opportunity for prospective educators. Students have the opportunity to integrate their pedagogical studies within a variety of settings which include but are not limited to the following: after school programs, church settings, YMCA, museums, local/state/national parks, and/or classrooms abroad. In conjunction with these community-based opportunities, students experience a rigorous education in the liberal arts and sciences.
An assumption of the Education Program is that a liberal arts education, with a solid foundation of content matter and critical reflection at its heart, is the most appropriate type of preparation for educators. By acquiring content knowledge as well as the skills of reflective teaching, students will develop into self-directed professionals in a variety of educational settings including classrooms, museums, zoos, and natural parks.

The Education Program has four principal goals:

A. to help students recognize the complexity of education in the U.S. – the nature of its assumptions, goals, organization, and problems, the nature of its students; and the nature of teaching and learning.

B. to provide experiences and information to help students decide whether a career working with children and adolescents is appropriate for them.

C. to provide beginning preparation for certification and teaching in the nation’s elementary and secondary schools by equipping them with the theoretical and practical knowledge needed by beginning teachers and educators in other settings.

D. to stress critical reflection so that educators will be able to recognize educational dilemmas, to analyze such dilemmas and problems, to formulate possible solutions and anticipate some of the consequences, and to test solutions.

Beginning with the class of 2016, students interested in pursuing a career in education can choose an Education minor. These students include: 1) students who desire to begin preparations while at Centre College for a career in K-12 teaching, and 2) students with majors other than education who plan to work with children or adolescents (particularly religion, psychology, or sociology).
Several worthwhile experiences include community-based education course work, educational internships, and study abroad offerings.

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Sarah Murray

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Associate Professor of Education • Chair of Education Program Education Work Crounse—454 Work Phone: 859.238.5376

Sarah Murray is an associate professor of education at Centre.

Prior to joining Centre’s faculty in 2006, Murray was support assistant to the Committee for Mathematics Achievement, a state level committee. She has taught at the secondary and college levels for several years. She has worked with teachers and students as a K-12 mathematics resource coordinator, and with the Appalachian Math and Science Partnership.

She received her B.A. in mathematics from Western Kentucky University, an M.A. in mathematics education from Eastern Kentucky University, and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of Kentucky.

To read about Murray’s published work, click here.


File last updated: 8/6/13

Ellen Prusinski

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Assistant Professor of Education Centre CollegeCentre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) Work Phone: 859.238.6295

Ellen Prusinski joined the Centre College faculty and staff in 2014 as coordinator of engaged and experiential learning and assistant professor of education. She supports the development and coordination of various experiential learning practices on campus, including community based learning.

She has worked in a variety of educational settings, including community organizations and policy institutions in the U.S., high schools and universities in China, and nongovernmental organizations in Indonesia. Her primary research interests are in gender and education, nonformal and community based learning, and international education studies, particularly in Asia. She is especially interested in the role of community knowledge both inside and outside of the classroom and in issues of educational equity among groups historically excluded from formal education.

She earned her M.P.A. and her Ph.D. in education policy studies from Indiana University, where her Fulbright-supported dissertation focused on the educational processes surrounding women’s transnational labor migration in Indonesia. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College, where she majored in German and Political Science.