Liberation is a praxis: the action and reflection of men and women upon their world in order to transform it.
   -Paulo Freire

The Amherst Careers in Education Professions program supports and motivates a growing corps of prospective teachers and welcomes those who wish to re-imagine education and its contribution to a democratic society.

Made possible through the generosity of Charles “Chuck” Ashby Lewis ’64 and Penny Bender Sebring, Ph.D., our program takes a multidisciplinary, liberal arts approach to the study of education, focusing on the history of education, teaching, school reform, education policy, and the sciences of human learning and development. The program encourages Amherst students to think critically and creatively about the processes of teaching and learning, and about the place of education in society.

During the past decade, as U.S. schools have hired over two million new teachers, policymakers and school officials who have experimented with an array of new approaches to improve teacher quality. Research clearly illustrates that the quality of teachers is the most important school-level factor in student learning. By preparing scholars to apply greater expertise, and by demanding better results, Amherst College students and alumni will help bring about a dramatic expansion of educational opportunity and quality at all levels.

If you have inquiries, please email or call (413) 542-2265.