Majors & Minors

Educational Studies Major | Educational Studies Minor

General Distribution Requirement

EDUC 220 - Educational Psychology, EDUC 230 - Community Youth Development in Multicultural America , EDUC 280 - Re-envisioning Education and Democracy, EDUC 240 - Race, Culture, and Ethnicity in Education, EDUC 370 - Education and the Challenge of Globalization, and EDUC 460 - Education and Social Change count toward the general distribution requirement in social science. EDUC 330 - Philosophy of Education counts toward the requirement in humanities.

General Education Requirements

Courses that meet the general education requirements in writing, quantitative thinking, internationalism and multiculturalism will be posted on the Registrar’s web page in advance of registration for each semester.

Additional information regarding general distribution requirements and general education requirements can be found in the graduation requirement section of this catalog.

Independent Study

The department offers independent study options in the form of tutorials, independent projects, internships,and preceptorships. For more information contact the department and review the Curriculum section of the catalog.

Educational Studies Major

Major Requirements

The major in Educational Studies provides carefully structured opportunities for students to engage in the study of education as an interdisciplinary field of social inquiry and advocacy. Through participation in thematically related courses, civic engagement experiences, and completion of an integrative capstone seminar and reflective portfolio, students are supported in their preparation for teaching and/or in exploring issues emerging from interactions among contemporary educational systems and broader social, cultural, political, and ethical contexts. Students are further encouraged to integrate their interests in education with continuing academic preparation in a supporting major, in addition to their evolving commitment to social advocacy in diverse forms and settings.

The major consist of thirty-two semester hours approved by the department chair. Students select from two broad emphases: Teaching & Learning or Education & Society, with specific curricular patterns described below.
 

Teaching & Learning Emphasis

The major in Educational Studies emphasizing Teaching & Learning is designed to support students interested in entering the teaching profession. As requirements vary by state, graduate program, and focus of teaching interests (age of student, subject matter), carefully tailored personalized advising is provided for students who intend to pursue a teaching license and/or masters degree in teaching upon graduation.

The Teaching & Learning pathway also provides excellent preparation for students intending to enter teaching through programs that do not require state licensing or graduate work such as Urban Teaching Fellows, World Teach, Peace Corp, Ameri-Corp, Teach for America, Montessori or Waldorf training, adult basic education or ESL, museum education, artists-in-residence, community education, etc.

Requirements are as follows:

Introductory Courses:
EDUC 220 - Educational Psychology
EDUC 330 - Philosophy of Education

Thematic Courses:
EDUC 240 - Race, Culture, and Ethnicity in Education
EDUC 360 - Education and Emerging Technologies
EDUC 390 - Teaching and Learning in Urban Schools

Elective Courses:
Two elective courses relevant to teaching focus.

Capstone Experience:
EDUC 460 - Education and Social Change

Reflective Portfolio:
Completion of an on-line portfolio documenting one’s intellectual and ethical path through the major and beyond.

Supporting Major:
Completion of a supporting major relevant to teaching focus.
 

Education & Society Emphasis

The major in Educational Studies emphasizing Education & Society provides opportunities for interdisciplinary explorations of pressing social and educational issues on local, national, and international levels. Students begin by selecting an integrative theme. Suggested themes include: Education, Equity & Diversity, Education Policy & Reform, Youth Development, Urban Education, International/Development Education, Environmental Education, Civic Education, Aesthetic Education, Feminist & Critical Education, Media Literacy, and individually designed focal areas.

Requirements are as follows:

Introductory Courses:
EDUC 220 - Educational Psychology
EDUC 330 - Philosophy of Education

Thematic Courses:
(12 credits selected from the following – at least 4 at the 300 level)
EDUC 200 - Experiences in Education
EDUC 230 - Community Youth Development in Multicultural America
EDUC 240 - Race, Culture, and Ethnicity in Education
EDUC 280 - Re-envisioning Education and Democracy
EDUC 360 - Education and Emerging Technologies
EDUC 370 - Education and the Challenge of Globalization
EDUC 611 - Independent Project
EDUC 612 - Independent Project
EDUC 613 - Independent Project
EDUC 614 - Independent Project

Elective Courses:
Two elective courses relevant to integrative theme.

Capstone Experience:
EDUC 460 - Education and Social Change

Reflective Portfolio:
Completion of an on-line portfolio documenting one’s intellectual and ethical path through the major and beyond.

Supporting Major:
Completion of a supporting major relevant to integrative theme.
 

Educational Studies Minor

Minor Requirements

The minor consists of twenty credits in Educational Studies approved by the department chair.