The Teacher Education & School Improvement program at UMass Amherst prepares reflective, informed, and research-oriented scholar-practitioners, scholar-educators, and scholar-activists in the fields of teacher education, teacher development, and school improvement.

We believe teachers' work is intellectual and political work: academically rigorous, highly complex, and deeply relational. As such, teacher educators have a responsibility to cultivate teachers who are reflective practitioners with deep knowledge of their content area and of the social, political, and cultural dynamics of teaching and learning.

Our PhD and EdS students undertake scholarship that advances these goals by enhancing our understanding of effective teaching and teacher-education practices and by increasing our society's capacity to implement such practices on a broad scale.