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Education Studies aims to provide a broad, critical perspective on education, and opens up a wide range of career opportunities. The BA (Hons) in Education Studies, Theology and Religion has two distinct features. First, it equips students with direct experience of learning and teaching. Second, it examines the ethical and spiritual domains of education, integrating contemporary theory and practice with Vaishnava-Hindu insight. It explores the diverse contexts in which education meets ethics, religion, and spirituality.
Many graduates enter the teaching sector. Others become trainers, school leaders, and education officers within charity and business sectors. Close collaboration with employer organisations, such as the UK-based iFoundation, opens up opportunities for employment in schools that promote not only educational achievement but also character formation and spiritual insight. The award also opens doors to post-graduate programmes, such as a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, and to other ITT (Initial Teaching Training) schemes such as the Graduate Teacher Programme.
The three-year, single honours course has four main pathways: primary education, secondary education, tertiary and adult education, and educational leadership. This program is validated by the University of Chester, one of the oldest English higher education establishments of any kind, pre-dating all but Oxford, Cambridge, London and Durham.
Many Education Studies graduates enter initial teacher training and thereafter primary and secondary education as teachers or teaching assistants. Others, well equipped to engage critically with education, move into school or college leadership. Bhaktivedanta College graduates readily succeed in careers that favour the ethical, spiritual, and multicultural aspects of education. Graduates in Educational Studies also regularly succeed in careers linked to:
Diverse possibilities exist directly within ISKCON, especially those linked to:
Exciting opportunities are increasingly available in those areas spanning devotional and professional life (e.g. ISKCON-partnered, state-funded schools). These forums offer most opportunity for dialogue and mutual exchange. ISKCON members can enhance their professionalism while practically demonstrating the value of Vaishnava truths in contemporary issues, debates, and challenges within the education world.
Bhaktivedanta College has established International Partnerships with organisations that successfully negotiate both devotional and professional concerns.
The Programme will provide students with:
Visakha Dasi talks about why parents could consider Bhaktivedanta College for their children.
Visakha received an Associate of Applied Science degree with honors from Rochester Institute of Technology and shortly thereafter published her first book, Photomacrography: Art and Techniques. In 1971 she traveled to India, where she met Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, read his Bhagavad-gita As It Is and eventually became his student. As a photographer, she traveled with and photographed Bhaktivedanta Swami and his students in India, Europe and the United States. As a writer, she wrote numerous magazine articles and three books on the Bhagavad-gita. Visakha also assists her husband, John Griesser, in making documentary films. They live with their children and grandchildren in Sharanagati Village, a rural community in British Columbia, Canada, where Visakha is writing a memoir, Bhagavad-gita and One Life Transformed.
Visakha's blog page: Our Spiritual Jurney
My heart and my mind opened in this course. It was helpful and wonderful to be able to rationally connect so many thoughts that have been forming in my mind. I’ve taken a long time to aspire for initiation, and one of the factors was not knowing “the way in” to ISKCON. I was viewing it too much from an outsider’s viewpoint. This course enabled me to start applying an insider’s perspective and to see my way to begin connecting to all strata in ISKCON: Srila Prabhupada, the guru-parampara, the diksa- and siksa-gurus and Sri Krishna, the guru in my heart. The course strengthened my resolve to strive for maximum Vaishnava association and devotional service immediately. I had already started to do this, but now I can be systematic and achieve better realizations on the strength of doing so, I hope. That little phrase one can write above one’s signature in an e-mail, “your aspiring servant” has taken on a whole new meaning. I thank Jahnava-lila for guiding us through this course. Her feedback has been valuable, and for this I am grateful. I felt strengthened by the online association of my fellow students, whose contributions were thought provoking and enlivening. Thank you all!
Alex de Jong, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Disciples Course, class 2011.