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Orientation to Education Course

Interested in a career as a state-certified teacher? Start here with eSpelman's Orientation to Education course, offered completely online!

This introductory course offers insight into the education field and requires only a bachelor’s degree in any field to take the course. Completion of this course satisfies the prerequisite for our online Teacher Certification Preparation Program coming in fall 2022.

What You’ll Learn

With our Orientation to Education course, you will be introduced to:

  • Historical, economic, sociological, philosophical and psychological understandings of schooling and education
  • Learning, diversity, technology, professional ethics, legal and policy issues, pedagogy and classroom management
  • Roles and responsibilities with the profession of teaching
  • Observing teachers and students in an actual school setting together with clinical engagement
  • Teaching processes and reflective thinking about teaching

Program Info

Oct. 4 - Dec. 3, 2021

Deadline to Register
Sept. 27, 2021

Time Commitment
8 weeks


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  • A bachelor's degree in any field
  • 2.85 cumulative GPA
  • Submitted official transcripts


This eSpelman course is being offered at our inaugural rate of $1,500. This rate will not last, so apply today!


This course is online and self-paced. Learn in your own time and on your own schedule from anywhere you choose! While the course does include a field experience component, due to COVID-19 restrictions, should a student not be able to complete this component in-person, it can be completed fully online.

Spelman Faculty Course Developers

Khalilah Ali, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Admissions Coordinator, Education

Andrea Lewis, Ph.D., C'96
Director of Student Success Program, Associate Professor, Education