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.
John Podesta, a Knox College graduate and member of the Board of Trustees, will join the White House staff as a senior counselor to President Barack Obama, according to media reports.
Competing against student newspapers from all over the country, The Knox Student captures fourth place in the News Story category and honorable mention in the Editorial/Opinion category.
The Knox College chapter of Habitat for Humanity sponsors a contest in which team of students competed to build the tallest structure, using only marshmallows and toothpicks.