Education and Social Sciences

Eric Benjamin
Eric Benjamin, Collegewide Dean of Education and Social Sciences

Welcome to the Education and Social Sciences Area. Our award-winning faculty members teach courses in education, anthropology, criminal justice, psychology, and sociology. For the convenience of students, we offer day, evening, and Saturday classes in classrooms and online. Consistent with the Montgomery College mission, we strive to empower our students to change their lives, and we enrich the life of our community.   

Our Education and Social Sciences Area includes the Department of Education and Social Sciences at Germantown; the Department of Education and Psychology at Rockville; the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice at Rockville, the cohort of Education and Social Sciences at Takoma Park / Silver Spring; and the School of Education.  

The School of Education offers programs for those with a variety of career goals: early childhood worker training and professional development, including an associate of applied science degree accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children; associate of arts in teaching programs that serve as transfer pathways to teacher education programs at any college or university in Maryland; and opportunities for career changers to become teachers through coursework or via our Montgomery County Public Schools ACET (Alternative Certification for Effective Teachers) partnership program.

Dr. Eric Benjamin currently serves as the interim college wide dean of Education and Social Sciences at Montgomery College. Previously Eric served as the department chair for the department of Education and Psychology at the Rockville and Takoma Park/Silver Spring campuses. Prior to joining the faculty at Montgomery College in 1998, he was a professor of psychology at Southwest Texas State University, Huston-Tillotson College, and the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Dr. Benjamin earned a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. His research experience focuses on culture-based factors leading to academic success. He has served as a research associate for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, served as an editor for the Journal of Counseling and Student Development, and has co-authored a chapter on mentoring minority college students.

Dr. Benjamin currently consults with a number of school districts concerning decreasing the academic achievement gap for minority, first generation, and poor students in the American public school system. Additionally he has successfully co-chaired the Middles States Commission of Higher Education 2013 Montgomery College Periodic Review and the 2018 Self-Study. He has participated and chaired a number of college wide student retention initiatives.

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