“As a friend once told me, good teaching is the overflow of a full life. In my classes, I therefore try to fill my students’ lives with as much goodness, truth, and beauty as I can.”— Daniel Coupland
Additional Faculty Information for Daniel Coupland
B.A. in Spanish, Liberty University, 1994
M.A. in Linguistics, Oakland University, 1999
Ph.D. in Curriculum, Teaching, and Educational Policy, Michigan State University, 2003
Society for Classical Learning
Phi Kappa Phi
2013 – Hillsdale College “Professor of the Year”
2016 – Resident Scholar at the C. S. Lewis Study Centre in Oxford, England
2017 – Hillsdale College Emily Daugherty Award for Teaching Excellence
Barney Charter School Initiative
Institute for Classical Education
Well-Ordered Language: The Curious Child’s Guide to Grammar by Tammy Peters and Daniel B. Coupland
English Grammar Pedagogy
Classic Children’s Literature
C. S. Lewis
Classical Education – Teacher Preparation
Classical Education – Pedagogy
EDU 101: English Grammar
EDU 401: Liberal Arts Teacher Apprenticeship
EDU 403: Explicit Phonics Reading Instruction
EDU 404: Classic Children’s Literature
HON 258: Pirates!
HON 259: Return to Narnia
Graduate School of Education
This program provides students with a broad philosophical, historical, literary, curricular, and pedagogical perspective on classical education. Electives options include courses in educational leadership, the seven classical liberal arts, and other special topics courses. While this master degree program does not presume to exhaust the subject of classical education or its relevant content, it does build a thorough, extensive, and foundational understanding upon which a lifetime of experience in classical education can be based.
For Fall 2022, applications submitted on or before March 15, 2021, are guaranteed full consideration and decisions will be sent out no later than May 1. Applications completed after March 15 may be considered, as circumstances warrant.
The Graduate School of Education (Hillsdale, MI) offers a Master Arts degree in Classical Education. This 36-credit-hour program is specifically designed for those who wish to teach in, administer, or found classical schools as well as those who seek to deepen their understanding of the principles and practices of classical education. It provides a broad philosophical, historical, literary, curricular, and pedagogical perspective on classical education.
Dr. Daniel B. Coupland is dean of the Diana Davis Spencer Graduate School of Classical Education and a professor of education at Hillsdale College, and he formerly served as the dean of faculty at Hillsdale. He earned a B.A. in Spanish from Liberty University, an M.A. in Linguistics from Oakland University, and a Ph.D. in Education from Michigan State University. He began his career in education as a high school teacher. At Hillsdale College, he teaches courses on English grammar and classic children’s literature. In 2013, Dr. Coupland was named Hillsdale College’s “Professor of the Year.” In 2016, he was a Resident Scholar at the C. S. Lewis Study Centre in Oxford, England. In 2017, Dr. Coupland received the Emily Daugherty Award for Teaching Excellence. He is the former editor for the Journal of the Society for Classical Learning. He currently serves as an advisor to the Barney Charter School Initiative, and he sits on the advisory board for the Institute for Classical Education. His research focuses on classic children’s literature and English grammar instruction. He is a co-author of an English grammar curriculum titled Well-Ordered Language: The Curious Child’s Guide to Grammar published by Classical Academic Press.