Teaching is challenging, rewarding and important work. As ever, our schools need good teachers: teachers who are engaging, confident and responsive to the needs of all students. Today’s classrooms are comprised of increasingly diverse learners, and the education department at Sweet Briar prepares graduates to effectively teach all of the students who come into their classrooms. Through a combination of rigorous and engaging coursework, individualized mentoring from the program faculty and extensive field experiences, you will graduate a highly qualified professional who will positively impact the lives of children.
From your first class, you will be immersed in the world of education. You will spend time in classrooms, you will think deeply about what it means to teach, and you will begin developing the skills and dispositions of a successful teacher. Our classrooms are technology-rich, and we believe that teachers need to be digitally sophisticated and able to critically assess the learning opportunities afforded by new technologies. In addition to gaining digital sophistication, you will learn what it means to be a teacher-leader, and you will leave with the confidence and skills that will put you in a unique position to assume leadership roles over the course of your career.
Our faculty members are experienced teachers who are active in the worlds of educational research, hold leadership roles in regional and national educational associations and work closely with area school districts. Since 1998, grants totaling more than $700,000 have been awarded to Sweet Briar and its partners — Randolph College (formerly Randolph-Macon Woman's College), Lynchburg College, Amherst County Public Schools and other local school divisions — and these funds are being used to provide new learning opportunities for our students and students in area schools.