Graduates from the Education Department learn to teach students to solve problems, to invent new knowledge, and to think for themselves. They discover how to promote tolerance and respect for differences – of gender, race, class, and ability. They are trained in various means of resolving conflicts, of dealing with problems of substance abuse and family violence. They become conversant with research-based standards for teaching students to read, write, discuss and calculate.
In addition, students are taught to become reflective teachers as they construct their own perspectives, understandings and convictions about teaching and learning.
The Education Department offers both a disciplinary minor and an interdisciplinary minor in Education, as well as a major in Educational Studies.
Requirements for the major in Educational Studiesdisciplinary, 10 courses
At least 6 courses must be unique to the major. All courses for the major must be completed with a grade of C- or better, and no more than two may be taken CR/NC. At least four courses must be at the 300-level or higher. Up to 3 courses may be chosen from outside the Education Department, with permission of the adviser. The 10 courses will consist of: 1 foundations course; 1 diversity course; 4 concentration courses; 3 electives; and 1 capstone experience: EDUC 420, or an approved independent study, honors, or internship. The four concentration courses will support a particular focus or theme within the broad field of educational studies.
Requirements for the minor in Educationdisciplinary, 5 courses
Any five education courses with at least two courses at the 200-level, and at least two at the 300- or 400-level. Only one independent study may count toward the minor. SOC 261 Sociology of Education may substitute for one of the 200-level education courses; WRRH 322 Adolescent Literature, and AEP 335 Arts and Human Development may substitute for 300 or above education courses. At least three courses must be unique to the minor. Students majoring in arts and education may not minor in education. Any course used in meeting requirements for the minor must be passed with a grade of C- or better. interdisciplinary, 6 courses
Six courses, at least two, but not more than three, in education. Courses in this minor must contribute to a theme grounded in education courses; courses outside education must be conceptually related to the education courses. At least four of the six courses must be at the 300-level or above. Only one independent study may be counted toward the minor. At least three courses must be unique to the minor. Any course used in meeting requirements for the minor must be passed with a grade of C- or better.