Educational Studies


Educational Studies at Rhodes College strives to advance justice, democracy,
and equity in underserved public schools, particularly in Memphis, through
our interdisciplinary programs, partnerships, scholarship, and advocacy.


Educational Studies and the educators and advocates we prepare engage theory
and research while embedded in our schools and communities in order to
promote understandings of problems and strategies for change that transform
schools in the service of justice.

Educational Studies majors can choose from three tracks:

Teaching and Learning - (licensure optional) - supports students interested in entering the teaching profession as teachers or administrators and those interested in seeking licensure. Students who wish to teach at the secondary level must also major in the discipline in which they plan to teach. All licensure candidates will register for 12 credits and student teach in a ninth semester after graduation.
Community and Social Change - supports students who are interested in educational practices outside traditional educational settings. Prepares students who are interested in adult literacy, education, youth development, educational work in non-profits, museum education, artists-in-residence, community education, environmental educational, etc.
Policy and Reform - provides opportunities for interdisciplinary explorations of pressing social and educational issues on local, national, and international levels. Prepares students who are interested in educational policy, issues of equity and diversity, civic education, feminist and critical education, and the media.

All students completing a clinical field experience in Shelby County schools must be fingerprinted for a criminal background check (CBC) as required by Shelby County Schools (SCS). Students requesting a clinical field experience (cfe) must complete the Request for the Clinical Field Experience Form and send to

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) has mandated that all students who have been fingerprinted must complete the VECHS (Volunteer and Employee Criminal History Agreements) Waiver Agreement and Statement form.  You may sign electronically, if you have Adobe Acrobat 9.0. To electronically sign, download the VECHS Waiver Agreement and Statement and save to your desktop before completing. Then forward the signed document to