The Educational Studies Department offers courses in TESOL, Educational Foundations (school and society; history, psychology, policy, and philosophy of education), and preparation for elementary and secondary teaching and teacher certification. Knox offers teaching certification programs approved by the State of Illinois for the following:
With reciprocal privileges between Illinois and most states, a teaching certificate earned at Knox College allows the graduate to teach in a variety of locations.
Educational Studies students can participate in a variety of campus programs to further hone their craft such as: Teaching on the Navajo Reservation, Working in the Junior Great Books Program, Tutoring students from local and area schools, Participating in the award winning Knox College 4 Kids program as a REACH Fellow, and traveling to China to teach English to students at Anhui Normal University.
Faculty and students frequently collaborate on presentations and publications. During the 2010-2011 academic year, students and faculty collaborated on 10 publications and 15 presentation at state and national conferences.
The Educational Studies Department is housed in George Davis Hall, originally built in 1912 and renovated in 1978. In addition to classrooms and faculty offices, the department has a specialized library of books, periodicals, and textbooks related to elementary and secondary teaching. More extensive library collections are found in Henry M. Seymour Library.
Britt Anderson encourages current Knox students to take classes in constitutional law, LSAT preparation, and to be ready to focus only on the study of law.
Scholar John Agnew aims to debunk myths and promote a better understanding of the dimensions of immigration in the United States and elsewhere.
Politically active and community-oriented, Alex Uzarowicz will serve in the Peace Corps in Central America after graduating from Knox College. Later, he plans to attend law school and run for public office.