Educators in Context & Community (ECCO)

Educators in Context & Community (ECCO) is a comprehensive career-based professional development learning community for education majors and others who work with children. We focus on acclimating educators to the diverse cultures and communities—urban, rural, and suburban—which their students bring with them into the classroom. We focus on preparing our members both socially and emotionally for the rigors of teaching. We focus on cultural competence—being aware of and able to work in diverse settings with diverse students. We focus on educators knowing themselves, their students, the community, and their profession. ECCO is open to all education majors and class standings. 

Educators in Context & Community

The ECCO Difference: You get more!

Regardless of whether you are in ECCO or not, all Education majors are required to take the Introduction to Education course.  However with ECCO, you get to take the ECCO Introduction to Education course with other ECCO members who you already know and live near.  Additonally, all Education majors have some field placement experinece.  However with ECCO, you get even MORE time in the classroom! Below you can see how much more you get by joining the ECCO Learning Community.

All Education Majors

  • Introduction to Education Course
  • Field Placement

ECCO Members

  • Introduction to Education Course
  • Field Placement (50 hours per semester)
  • One credit seminar that meets at least once a week
  • Peer mentorship through our Houses
  • Individualized learning opportunities
  • Fall break, spring break, and summer experiences to travel throughout the United States to visit schools within different contexts
  • Leadership opportunities with the ECCO Executive Board
  • Support and guidance in presenting at the annual spring ECCO conference
  • Scholarships for ECCO members
  • Grants to work with the schools we partner with


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                    Take your education classes to learn how to teach.

                    Take your “content” classes to learn what to teach.

                    Take ECCO to learn about who you’re going to teach.