Teaching & Learning Core

Students pursuing a degree within the Teaching & Learning Core will learn core fundamentals essential to success in numerous fields. Our unique academic model allows for ample room to also explore your emerging interests. 

Teaching & Learning Majors

  • Early Childhood Studies (with optional Teacher Certification)
  • Liberal & Professional Studies
  • Physical Education & Sport Fitness
Course Content Preview

A small sample of course content within the Teaching & Learning Major:

  • Contemporary Issues in Education
  • Educational Psychology
  • Introduction to Human Development
  • Psychology of Creativity
  • Teaching Methods and Techniques in in Early Childhood Education
  • Nutrition, Health, and Safety in Early Childhood Education
  • Social Emotional Development in Young Children

If you’re seeking a degree in Early Childhood Studies with Teacher Certification, know that the state of Connecticut has approved Mitchell College for the Early Childhood Teacher Credential at the bachelor’s level. The College is also one of only a few undergraduate colleges in the state that offers a teacher certification program in PreK-3. The Children’s Learning Center at Mitchell College also offers education students an on-campus “lab” experience.

Internships & Professional Experiences

Your career begins on day one at Mitchell. You’ll learn about the unique strengths only you can bring to your future career. Next, you’ll get a “behind the scenes” look at our area partner organizations and businesses. We continue to layer in skills building, resume crafting, mock interviews, networking, alumni panels and more. Finally, you’ll get opportunities to apply your honed abilities and Teaching & Learning academics in the real world by connecting to internships and professional experiences with our regional employers:

Early Childhood Studies (with optional Teacher Certification)

Liberal & Professional Studies

  • High Hopes Therapeutic Riding
  • Montville Youth Service Bureau
  • New London Youth Affairs
  • Vista Life Innovations
  • Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut

Physical Education & Sport Fitness

  • Advantage Personal Training
  • David McIlhenney Fitness Studio
  • Summit Fitness and Sports
Integrative Career Development

A few words on fit.


"Fit” is the modern buzzword of the college search process. And frankly, rightly so. As you consider your college experience, we encourage you to look for a place that feels right. It’s also a good idea to make a list of the qualities and characteristics that make a college and you a winning combination.


If you are looking for a college that: 


  • Gets to know and understand each student as a uniquely talented individual

  • Identifies potential and encourages students in very intentional ways

  • Fosters growth in each student, giving them a foundation for life and career success

  • Is small enough to deliver on the promise of a personalized experience

  • Goes beyond “career services” and offers a progressive 4-year career development model, partnering with local businesses and nonprofits for professional experience

  • Promotes an inclusive culture that encourages students to experiment in new clubs and activities

  • Is nationally recognized for its academic support systems, from professional content tutors (not students) to proven comprehensive support for students with learning differences

  • Connects students to service opportunities that impact their world

  • Is in a location that offers access to New England’s natural places and some of America’s greatest cities




…Mitchell College delivers in a powerful way.

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