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4 Things You Need to Know About Peabody College


Posted by Jay Watson on Thursday, March 27, 2014

Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of Education and Human and Organizational Development is all about examining how people think, learn, and function as individuals and in groups and organizations. As one of the most highly regarded education schools in the nation, Peabody College is known for producing leaders in education, public policy, business, non-profits, research, and government. Today we’ll look more closely at some of what sets Peabody apart.

  • Peabody is home to 3 national research centers. As a nationally recognized leader in education, Peabody is on the cutting edge of research in the field. The National Center on Scaling Up Schools, The National Center on Performance Incentives, and The National Center on School Choice are just three of the prominent research centers located at Peabody. Vanderbilt is also a national leader in promoting undergraduate research. Junyi Chu, a current Junior, says of her research experience:
    “I work in a lab that studies the effect of media on young children’s learning. Specifically, I review past literature on bullying and help with studies that investigate two- to three-year-olds’ self-regulation and word learning with iPads. I got involved by asking a teacher if I could volunteer in her lab. I may be able to publish research my senior year.”
  • Over the last ten years, more than 90% of bachelor’s degree recipients with education majors have gone directly into classroom teaching or on to graduate studies. Whether you are studying early childhood, elementary, secondary, or special education, all Peabody education programs are approved by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the Office of Teacher Licensure provides information and assistance to prospective teachers.  A Peabody degree is widely recognized as a valuable asset, and Peabody alumni have been approved for licensure in all states and many foreign countries.
  • The 8:1 student to teacher ratio ensures in-depth academic experiences. Peabody’s emphasis on undergraduate education shows in small class sizes and close interactions between faculty and students.  Check out this post from Inside ‘Dores student blogger Ann Yeh to get an idea of the rich academic community that develops in this environment.
  • HOD students participate in internship opportunities in 6 of the world’s top cities. Human and Organizational Development, or HOD as it is affectionately known on campus, is a Peabody major “focused on finding solutions to human problems in businesses, organizations, and communities.” A key portion of the HOD major is real-world experience gained through internships. Students can choose to apply to partner organizations in Nashville, Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and London.  

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