The Minor in Education, consisting of 21 units, offers students a program of interdisciplinary study in several aspects of education from its history and roots to culturally responsive pedagogy to youth development to mathematics and the arts. It is geared toward developing an understanding of how children and adolescents become well-rounded, thoughtful citizens. It also serves as preparation for a variety of related careers. With three required courses serving as the Minor’s core, students also choose an additional four courses from an interdisciplinary menu.
The Minor in Education Studies is complementary to, but does not replace, the Liberal Studies degree. Students who plan to pursue a career in K-6 teaching would benefit from a major in Liberal Studies, which is specifically designed to provide the curriculum needed for subject matter preparation in that career.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Students who earn a Minor in Education Studies will:
Describe the factors that lead to children and adolescents becoming well-rounded, thoughtful citizens and apply that knowledge in multiple disciplines
Explain the development of educational philosophies over time as well as the role of schools in society
Articulate the importance of fostering social justice and educational equity across a variety of contexts
Describe teaching and learning processes and develop innovative practices in a variety of settings