Academics at Prescott College
Area of Study:
Teacher & Administrative Preparation
Limited Residency Master of Arts
Limited-Residency Master of Arts Education students design programs combining a focus on their particular areas of interest with educational theory and practice, in both formal and non-formal settings. Many students pursue a concentration in one of the following aspects of education:
School Guidance Counseling
Students seeking Arizona School Guidance Counseling Certification can become eligible for a Prescott College Institutional Recommendation (IR) leading to Arizona School Guidance Counseling Certification upon successful completion of this Master of Arts program. Students must participate in orientation and attend graduate colloquia scheduled during the students’ enrollment. Prescott College accepts up to 15 graduate semester credits in transfer course work from other regionally-accredited post-secondary institutions as long as College faculty members confirm that the courses and credits to be transferred meet College-established curricular standards and expectations. If a student is planning to obtain certification in a state other than Arizona, the student is responsible for research into that state’s certification requirements in order to ensure compliance. Upon successful completion of the degree, each student must apply to the College for an Institutional Recommendation (IR) for Arizona School Guidance Counseling Certification.
Education & Teacher Preparation
The basis of the program curriculum is an individualized learning model that revolves around an agreed-upon and consistent course syllabus accompanied by an individualized study plan. The course study plan forms the foundation of the course and is developed as a cooperative document with the student, the Prescott College faculty advisor, and the on-site mentor teacher. The study plan covers the course curriculum, the student’s specific learning targets which are aligned to the students’ work with their mentor to create activities that meet the learning targets.
The Prescott College approach to Equine-Assisted Learning (AEL) invites participants to explore non-mental health areas such as: experiential education, organizational development, coaching, effective facilitation, and relational horsemanship. The Certificate program blends together real-life application with hands-on experience under the guidance of internationally renowned practitioners for life-changing results. The course work explores the theoretical understanding, ethical issues, facilitation skills, and relational equine skills crucial for mastery. This concentration focuses on human and other living systems and patterns that enhance transformative learning experience for others.
Pioneering educator John Dewey taught that all true learning comes through experience. Students in this discipline explore classic and current theory of experiential education and hands-on application.
This discipline relates the field of education to the intricate systems of socially constructed identity as they exist within the US paradigm. Students will examine theoretical foundations within multicultural education as they relate to the dominant culture within the US educational landscape.
Graduate Teaching Scholarships are available for students who wish to gain teaching experience and defray the cost of their Master’s program. A complete description and application instructions can be found here.
Resident Bachelor of Arts with Teacher Certification
In the Resident Undergraduate Program, Prescott College offers Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Secondary Education and Elementary Education. Students live and study in Prescott and benefit from local K-12 partnerships.
Requirements for a teaching credential can be earned concurrently while earning a Bachelor of Arts degree. Students master educational principles and apply these in many problem-solving situations during courses, through independent studies, and in a 12-week student teaching assignment. Elementary school educators pursue a broadly based liberal arts education, including solid preparation in math, language arts, science, and social studies. Secondary school educators will have significant course work in a subject area typically taught in a public high school.
Limited Residency Bachelor of Arts
The Limited-Residency Undergraduate Program for Education & Teacher Preparation study area emphasizes current educational research and theory, as well as practical experience in the classroom, leading to the teaching certification in the student’s home state. For those students pursuing teacher certification, the programs include course work, field experiences (including a 12-week student teaching experience), and a set of structured assessments distributed throughout the program. Individualized degree programs in Education typically focus on alternative learning environments such as outdoor, adult, or early childhood education. Students can earn certification in Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Special Education, Early Childhood Education, and Early Childhood Special Education.
Also through the Limited-Residency Undergraduate Program, Prescott College offers a Post-Degree Teaching Certificate in five different subject areas, for both aspiring and experienced teachers: Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Special Education, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education. Students can also earn endorsements in Early Childhood Education, Structured English Immersion (SEI), and as a Reading Specialist.
Limited Residency Master of Education
Prescott College’s mission is to prepare teachers and administrators who have the knowledge and skills, as well as the cultural and ecological sensitivities, needed to bring about meaningful and transformational learning for all students. We believe that education plays an important role in the shaping of a responsible citizenry that is invested in a just democracy.
While pursuing a Masters in Education for elementary education, secondary education, or in principal certification, you will work with a group of faculty members who are scholar/practitioners. The College has intentionally recruited faculty who are experienced educators who bring both academic background and professional experience to their teaching. Prescott College faculty are committed to school reform and to your professional growth and development. All Prescott College programs, including professional preparation programs, are focused on the unique needs of each student and, to some degree, are self-directed. You will progress with a cohort of peers through the program, collaborating, dialoguing, and debating either online or face to face during the mandatory residencies.
These non-thesis professional preparation programs offered under the M.Ed. degree comply with the Arizona Department of Education requirements. Students from other states are able to mold their program based on their state’s requirements for certification. The practical component of these certification programs is completed in the student’s home state.
Limited Residency Post Master
Post Master’s School Guidance Counseling Certificate
Students who have already earned a master’s degree from a regionally-accredited post-secondary institution can earn a Prescott College Institutional Recommendation (IR) leading to Arizona School Guidance Counseling Certification upon successful completion of at least 32 designated certification semester credits in School Guidance Counseling course work. Students must participate in orientation and attend graduate colloquia scheduled during the students’ enrollment. Students must complete all other Program or College requirements for the post-degree level of study. Prescott College accepts up to 15 graduate semester credits in transfer course work from other regionally-accredited post-secondary institutions as long as College faculty members confirm that the courses and credits to be transferred meet College-established curricular standards and expectations. If a student is planning to obtain certification in a state other than Arizona, the student is required and responsible for research into that state’s certification requirements in order to ensure compliance. Upon successful completion of the post-degree study requirements, each student must apply to the College for an Institutional Recommendation (IR) for Arizona School Guidance Counseling Certification.
The Graduate Certificate in Equine-Assisted Learning
The Prescott College approach to Equine-Assisted Learning invites participants to explore non-mental health areas such as: experiential education, organizational development, coaching, effective facilitation, and relational horsemanship. The Certificate program blends together real-life application with hands-on experience under the guidance of internationally renowned practitioners for life-changing results.
The course work explores the theoretical understanding, ethical issues, facilitation skills, and relational equine skills crucial for mastery. This concentration focuses on human and other living systems and patterns that enhance transformative learning experience for others.
Limited Residency PhD in Sustainability Education
The Prescott College Limited-Residency Ph.D. program in Education with a concentration in Sustainability Education views education broadly, as social learning that occurs in settings that are both formal (educational institutions, for example) and non-formal (such as families, community events, media, and businesses). The term “education” is considered to mean both the act or practice of educating or being educated and the study of education as a process.
Within the central theme of sustainability education, students create individualized proposals for formal course work and a practicum based on an educational vision. Finally, Ph.D. students undertake an action-oriented dissertation, demonstrating passionate scholarship as well as its application in the sustainability education niche.
Prescott College offers courses students need to meet endorsement requirements. Completion of the following approved course work identified by the Arizona Department of Education leads to an endorsement in the following areas: K-8 Reading Endorsement, Structured English Immersion(SEI), and Early Childhood Education.
For more information about the Endorsement Programs, contact the Admissions office at (877) 350-2100 ext. 2106 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Academic ElementsAcademic Elements
Each fall and spring, new Prescott College students find themselves in “the classroom,” the breathtaking, sometimes raw, always diverse terrains and environments of the Southwest. New Prescott students are introduced to the natural environment of the Southwest, learn about themselves and each other, and experience the educational philosophies of Prescott College during Orientation, thus beginning the journey of developing relationships with their new home, community, and academic career.
For most students, Orientation will mean a three-week Desert, Mountain and Canyon Expedition (aka Wilderness Orientation). Students, as a small community of engaged learners, will be backpacking throughout ecologically diverse locations in Arizona. Studying - Connecting - Growing. Other students will participate in a Base Camp Orientation, or Community-Based Orientation.
Follow this link for detailed information on these Orientation options: Orientation Details
First Year Experience
In their first semester, freshmen will enroll in courses addressing the concerns and challenges of being a college student. First Year Students will choose from an array of immersive semester courses - like Water in the West, Art and Ecology, Foundations of Leadership, and Introduction to Psychology and Yoga - which continue to build community, forge relationships with faculty advisors, and develop academic inquiry.
In their first semester at Prescott College, transfer students participate in Crises of the 21st Century: Research Methods & Theories. Students from environmental and social disciplines, the arts, and humanities will be introduced to theoretical and research approaches that foster ways of integrating their questions through class discussions and personal research. Students enrolled in this course will be given individual support in creating a degree plan organizing courses they are transferring with into a pathway for graduation in their chosen fields.
During the first semester of their junior year, students create a degree plan, with the assistance of their faculty adviser, which sketches the academic map of their journey. It includes an overview of courses and credits earned; brief descriptions of competence, breadth, and liberal arts areas; lists of courses completed and those to be completed; a tentative Senior Project plan and description; and additional honors or experience that contribute to competence or breadth. The Degree Plan is a living document that continues to evolve throughout the student's final three terms.
Prescott College requires every student, not just designated "honors" students, to design and carry out an ambitious Senior Project. This Project functions as both a demonstration of competence and a culmination of the undergraduate experience. It may take the form of an ambitious research project, a collection of original creative writing, a curriculum plan and implementation, a studio art exhibition, a performance, a case or field study, or a challenging internship. Another way of thinking about the Senior Project is as a bridge between a student's undergraduate career and work after graduation. The Senior Project stands as a calling card that proclaims to graduate schools, prospective employers, and the world, "Look, this is what I'm capable of doing."
Program Components - Limited-Residency UndergraduateProgram Components - Limited-Residency Undergraduate
All incoming Prescott College students are required to participate in New Student Orientation at the beginning of their first semester. During Orientation, you will receive information and experience activities designed to guide you through your specific program. Orientation is a time during which students and faculty from diverse cultures, different areas of study, and with a variety of expertise can come together to build friendships, exchange ideas, and develop cohorts or informal networks to support you through your distance learning journey. Students typically come away from Orientation inspired, energized and ready for the next phase of independent scholarship.
Prior Learning Assessment
Prescott College’s commitment to student-centered, experiential learning includes a respect for the adult student’s prior learning, whether that learning occurred in non-college settings, recognized Massive Open Online Courses, or in extended, demanding professional experiences. After the first semester, Limited-Residency Undergraduate students may apply to begin a process in which they document and request assessment of their prior learning in order to earn Prescott College credits.
Our mentored study program is the special ingredient that makes our distance program a high-touch, face to face experience that is customizable for each student, and a proven success across the country. Mentors are experts in their field and are vetted by our faculty. You can work with your mentor in your home community, virtually, and even abroad. The mix of mentored studies and online coursework allows you to achieve your educational goals while maintaining your personal schedule.
Life & Career OutcomesLife & Career Outcomes
- Elementary Art Teacher
- Elementary School Teacher
- Environmental Educator
- Experiential Education Teacher
- High School Art Teacher
- High School English Teacher
- High School Science Teacher
- High School Social Studies Teacher
- Outdoor Business Owner
- School Principal
Faculty & Mentor GuidesFaculty & Mentor Guides
Academic ResourcesAcademic Resources
Prescott College Library
The Prescott College Library supports the curriculum with a variety of print and electronic resources. Our library catalog reflects not only our collection but that of more than 30 other libraries in Yavapai county. A system-wide library card allows borrowers to request books from any library in the county. Online resources include millions of full-text articles available through our article databases, and over 130,000 e-books available through ebrary.More Information