Minor in Educational Studies {23-24}

Educational Studies Minor

The Educational Studies Minor offers more educational preparation for students pursing teaching licensure in secondary or K-12 content areas. Additionally the Educational Studies Minor may be attractive to students pursuing interests in fields such as law, medicine, social or behavioral sciences, criminal and social justice, youth services, and domestic and global issues. The Educational Studies Minor does not lead to a teaching certificate or license. To fulfill the minor requirements, at least 12 credits must be completed outside of the student's major requirements. A minimum of 9 credits are required from the core requirements, and a total of 18 credits are required to complete the minor. This minor is available to students in any major except Elementary Inclusive Education or Early Childhood Education (licensure or non-licensure).

Student Learning Outcomes

By completing the Educational Studies Minor students will:

  • Gain an understanding of the purpose and function of education.
  • Explore major social and psychological functions that impact PK-12 students.
  • Appreciate the intersection of teaching, learning, education, society, and culture.
  • Develop beginning level teaching skills and practices to address a variety of learning needs.

Core Requirements ( 9-18 credits )

At least 9 credits must be completed from this list:

ED 205 Introduction to Education (3)
ED 294 Educational Psychology (3)
ED 310 Social Foundations of Education (3)
EECE 220 Foundations of Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education (3)
STL 230 Child Development (3)
STL 295 Foundations of Language and Literacy (3)
STL 325 Using Technology to Enhance Effective Teaching Practices (2)
STL 441 Children's Literature Content and Methods (3)
STL 482 Behavior, Trauma, and Mental Health in the Classroom (3) (WI)
SPED 225 Individuals with Exceptionalities (3)
SPED 402 Characteristics of Students with Mild Disabilities (3)
SPED 404 Best Practices in Teaching I (3)
SPED 413 Teaching in Inclusive Environments (3)

At least 12 credits must be from outside the student's major requirements.

Electives ( 0-9 credits )

Students can choose from courses below to complete the minor.  No more than 6 credits within the list of electives from the  same rubric (SW or PSY) can be completed to fulfill minor requirements.  At least 12 credits must be outside the student's major requirements.

CJ 201 Introduction to Juvenile Justice (3)
SLHS 101 Survey of SLHS (3)
SLHS 204 Language Development (3)
SW 250 Introduction to Social Welfare and Social Work (3)
SW 405 Human Behavior and the Social Environment (3)
SW 402 Child Welfare Services (3)
PSY 275 Behavior Modification (3)
PSY 342 Learning and Memory (3)
PSY 402 Child/Adolescent Psychology (3)