Educational Studies

EDUC 194 – Topics Course

Varies by semester. Consult the department or class schedule for current listing.

EDUC 220 – Educational Psychology

An introduction to theory and research in educational psychology. Topics include learning theory, learner characteristics, intelligence, creativity, motivation, measurement and evaluation, and models of teaching appropriate for diverse learners from early childhood through young adulthood. Students are required to complete observations in classroom settings.

Frequency: Fall semester

EDUC 220_Ed Psych Syllabus

Cross-listed as: PSYC 220

EDUC 225 – Education, Community and Cultural Survival in New Orleans

This two-credit, intensive, week-long January term course focuses on the continued efforts of New Orleans to restructure and redefine itself post-Katrina amidst various educational, ecological, economic and political challenges. The course provides students with the essential critical, historical and cultural framework through which to interpret various site visits, civic engagement and conversations with local leaders, activists and scholars in New Orleans. The course also invites students into collaborative engagement with schools, neighborhoods and communities, encouraging them to become active participants in the challenging conversations that engage New Orleans and so many cities in North America and across the globe. S/SD/N grading only.

Participation restricted to Bonner Scholars.

EDUC 230 – Community Youth Development in Multicultural America

Brofenbrenner’s bioecological model of human development suggests the critical importance of social contexts besides the classroom in supporting the healthy development of children and youth from diverse social and economic backgrounds. This course examines the multiple systems affecting the developmental process through course readings, meetings, and assignments, grounded in a field placement of the student’s choosing. Appropriate field placements will engage students in a variety of youth development capacities, including centers for research and program development, social service organizations, and agencies aimed at improving youth-oriented social policy. This course provides an opportunity to examine education more broadly defined, and to explore fields of youth development such as social work, counseling, athletics, youth leadership, and youth-centered research.

Frequency: Spring semester

EDUC 230 syllabus Spring 2022

EDUC 240 – Race, Culture, and Ethnicity in Education

This survey course will explore history, policy, and pedagogy as they relate to race, ethnicity, and culture as education. K-12 public education will be the primary focus with topics including desegregation, standardized testing, multi-cultural and ethnocentric pedagogy, the teacher’s role and experience, and significant historical events in education. The course will culminate by analyzing current trends and future expectations in education.

Frequency: Fall semester

Syllabus EDUC 240 Fall 2019

Cross-Listed as AMST 240

EDUC 250 – Building Trust: Education in Global Perspective

This course examines the role of Education as global phenomena. The course encompasses a comparative view of education around the world, as well as its role in International Development. We take it further, by analysis and critique, to understand education as a force for change in an inter-dependent, globalized world. Specifically, we will examine ways in which policies and practice either enhance or diminish efforts towards change that is inclusive, just, sustainable and effective in relieveing suffering, while expanding potential and capacity in those affected by social change. We take the position that, in order to be effective, building trust becomes a key to connectivity between people, groups, organizations and ideas where education, development and change are theorized and practiced. We will construct possible education frameworks around the idea of building trust, by analyzing socio-cultural issues of power, voice, silence, and discourse. Fall semester. (4 credits)

Frequency: Fall semester


EDUC 260 – Critical Issues in Urban Education

This course explores the peril and promise of urban public education in challenging times. Critical issues to be explored range from poverty and growing economic inequality, to challenges faced by recent immigrants and historically oppressed populations, to religious and political intolerance, to bullying and school violence, to school bureaucracy, administration and governance, to teacher unions and professional ethics, to urban education reform initiatives promoted by corporations, think tanks and foundations in contrast to those emerging in response to teacher/parent/student/community activism.

Frequency: Spring semester

Syllabus EDUC 260 Spring 2022

EDUC 265 – The Schools-to-Prison Pipeline

This course offers an introductory exploration of the “school-to-prison pipeline,” a trend that funnels youth out of U.S. public schools and into the juvenile corrections system. We will study how this pipeline is the result of a confluence of historical, political, and cultural factors; first and foremost, how the pipeline acts as a manifestation of structural racism. We will look to frameworks of human rights, legal rights, and social justice organizing as models of articulating and resisting the pipeline.

Frequency: Not currently offered

Cross-Listed as AMST 265

Prerequisite(s): AMST 101AMST 103, or AMST 110

EDUC 275 – Outdoor Environmental Education in Theory, Policy and Practice

This course provides an introduction to outdoor education as an opportunity to promote social justice and environmental sustainability in a globalized world.  Informed by relevant philosophical, psychological, cultural and political-economic frameworks, in addition to critical issues in public education policy and practice, we will explore interdisciplinary approaches to outdoor environmental education appropriate for students across the K-12 continuum.  We will utilize the Katharine Ordway Natural History Study Area (Ordway Field Station) as an outdoor classroom and will adapt curriculum from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and other outdoor education organizations to assist elementary school teachers and students in fulfilling Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards. Early in the semester, all students will participate in a weekend retreat at the Ordway Field Station. Weekly lab sessions will include field days during which course members design and implement educational experiences for elementary school children at Ordway, small group work days for preparing field day lesson plans, trips to local outdoor environmental education sites within the Twin Cities, and other experiential learning opportunities.  Weekly seminar sessions incorporating readings, reflective writing, and individual and small group projects complement the experiential aspects of the course. As the semester progresses, each course member will develop a curricular unit aimed at teaching an important environmental issue to diverse adolescents attending urban public schools.  The curricular unit is a significant undertaking that provides students with the opportunity to synthesize all aspects of the course material in a creative, pragmatic and integrative manner.

Frequency: Fall semester

EDUC 275 OEE syllabus Fall 2023

Cross-Listed as ENVI 275

EDUC 294 – Topics Course

Varies by semester. Consult the department or class schedule for current listing.

EDUC 330 – Philosophy of Education

What is the nature and purpose of education? In what ways should educational institutions support, challenge, or transform predominant social values? What is ethical educational policy and practice? Such questions are considered in light of a variety of philosophic perspectives. Students will define a personal philosophy of education and assess its implications for current educational theory and practice, in addition to their own educational development.

Frequency: Spring semester

EDUC 380.FA22

EDUC 380 – Research Methods for Education and Advocacy

This course provides opportunities for students to engage with research methods that promote inclusive, egalitarian, exploratory social inquiry aimed at enriching the quality of learning and life in schools and civic spaces. Pedagogical in addition to formal research applications are addressed, as are implications for development and change on personal to organizational to societal levels. Ethical dimensions of engaging children and youth, in schools and community settings, as research participants and as researchers, are also carefully considered.

EDUC 380.FA22

EDUC 390 – Teaching and Learning in Urban Schools

 This course builds on prior learning in Educational Studies to deepen understanding of both the challenge and potential of teaching in urban schools. Focal topics include exploration of “best practices” for teaching children and youth in poverty, special needs students, and English Language Learners, including the impact of cultural, economic, and family structures on their school experience. We will consider the evaluation, placement, appropriate accommodations, and methods of instruction and assessment for diverse urban students possessing a broad range of academic interests and aptitudes and varied forms of exceptionality. The course is grounded in a field experience (30 hour minimum) engaging students in learning from and contributing to a local urban classroom at the grade level/subject matter area of their choice. The course culminates in the design of a curricular unit that reflects instruction aimed at higher order cognition and holistic child development. Course reserved for Educational Studies majors (Teaching/Learning Emphasis).

Frequency: Fall semester

Syllabus EDUC 390 Fall 2019


Permission of instructor.

EDUC 392 – Topics Course

Varies by semester. Consult the department or class schedule for current listing.

EDUC 394 – Topics Course

Varies by semester. Consult the department or class schedule for current listing.

EDUC 460 – Education and Social Change

This course explores the question: How can we educate to promote change toward more just, compassionate, and sustainable approaches to living and learning in a rapidly changing and increasingly complex world? We will consider contemporary barriers to and opportunities for systemic, progressive education reform and civic renewal on local, national and international levels. We will then work both individually and collectively, on campus and in the community, to analyze specific social issues and reform strategies in addition to conceptualizing plans for principled social action.

Frequency: Fall semester, an additional section will be offered in the Spring as needed.

Syllabus EDUC 460 Spring 2023


Permission of department chair.

EDUC 494 – Topics Course

Varies by semester. Consult the department or class schedule for current listing.

EDUC 601, 602, 603, 604 – Tutorial

Closely supervised individual or very small group study intended to provide opportunities for guided exploration of advanced topics.

Frequency: Every semester

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor and department chair.

EDUC 611, 612, 613, 614 – Independent Project

Advanced study in a specific area of educational inquiry.

Frequency: Every semester.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor and department chair

EDUC 621, 622, 623, 624 – Internship

Exploration of issues in educational inquiry and advocacy through engagement in carefully designed service learning opportunities. S/SD/N grading only.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor. Work with Internship Office.

EDUC 631, 632, 633, 634 – Preceptorship

Opportunities for students to assume selected teaching roles and responsibilities in carefully supervised course contexts.

Prerequisite(s): Demonstrated proficiency in the area of study and permission of instructor. Work with Academic Programs.