Educators in Context and Community

The Educators in Context and Community (ECCO) learning community is for all educations majors that want to distinguish themselves from the thousands of graduating teachers who annually enter a highly competitive job market. ECCO is considered to be one of the most progressive and promising teacher preparation programs in the country.


ECCO begins your first semester in college and jump starts students into a career. Beginning the third week of classes, students will enter a real classroom and work alongside experienced teachers and their students.


  • Take your Education classes to prepare you for how to teach
  • Take your “content” classes to prepare you for what to teach
  • Take ECCO to prepare you for who you will be teaching
  • As you progress in ECCO, you will gain experience in three contexts--urban, rural, and suburban communities
  • Participate in funded, annual trips to Chicago or Stratford
  • Trips to local museums/attractions

Statistics and Information:

  • Location (and hall to live in) | McDonald Hall
  • Fees | $300 per semester

For additional details visit the Educators in Context & Community website or call 419-372-9443.

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ECCO Group

How to Apply

Each community has a set of residence hall rooms specifically designated for them. To sign up for one of these rooms, you must apply, and be accepted into the community, prior to April 25, 2018. To ensure your chance to live in the community, please complete the following steps:

Step 1
Complete your housing application
Step 2 Apply here and login with your BGSU username and password
Step 3 Click on Add a New Community Enrollment Request and choose your desired community and academic year/term

After you have submitted your request to join a community, you will receive an email from the community director approving your request. When it’s time for you to select your room in the next phase, you will be able to view and select rooms within the designated community space in the community’s residence hall. For example, if you choose to join the Chapman Learning Community, you will select a room in Kohl hall.


Join one of our Learning or Theme Communities and take advantage of unique opportunities designed to help you succeed in your personal, professional and academic lives. These communities are comprised of students who share a major or common interest.

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