The Educational Studies Minor provides students with knowledge and skills to:

  • Understand and apply multiple and conflicting perspectives on education and schooling;
  • Understand how historical events, social forces, and moral principles related to democratic institutions can inform and direct schooling practice, leadership, and governance;
  • Understand the full significance of diversity in a democratic society and how that bears on curriculum and instruction, school and community leadership, and state and national governance;
  • Analyze critically both historical and current educational policies and practices at national, state, and local levels, and their impacts on teaching, learning, and the assessment of P-16 students.
  • Prepare students who plan to enter graduate school in various education-related fields, such as school psychology, speech pathology, educational policy, education law, etc.
  • Fulfill the needs of students who are interested in the academic study of educational history, sociology, psychology, theory, and policy.

The program prepares you for graduate school in various education related fields, such as school psychology, speech pathology, educational policy, education law, and other fields. The minor can also fulfill your interest in the academic study of educational history, sociology, psychology, theory, and policy.

Courses You Might Take

SOC 221

Schools and Society

Instructor
Gay

What really constitutes school success? Is a liberal education the best education? Do teachers treat children from different backgrounds unfairly? What aspects of society do schools reproduce? These are some of the questions that students will examine in this introductory course…

EDU 292

Theory of Sports Coaching

Instructor
Gay

This course provides an overview of academic theory essential to understanding competitive sports coaching in secondary schools and colleges. The student will evaluate, apply, and synthesize current theoretical perspectives and research in coaching sports. Topics include coaching philosophy…

ENG 255

Educational Linguistics

Instructor
Fernandez

This course will introduce students to fundamental concepts in linguistics and tools for analyzing language in school-based and other instructional settings. Topics will include the structure of human languages, the development of communication, home-school literacy connections, classroom discourse, language…