Degree Essentials



Professor Karen Graves, Chair

Professor Karen Graves; Assistant Professor Jerrell Beckham; Assistant Professor Emily Nemeth; Instructor Suzanne Baker; Academic Administrative Assistant Brenda Franks.

Departmental Guidelines and Goals

The Department of Education emphasizes the study of education as a social institution and analysis of teaching and learning in interdisciplinary terms. The Educational Studies major is designed for students who wish to prepare for a career in education in elementary or secondary schools, or in the broader community. The curriculum introduces students to learning theory and the social foundations of education, and it allows for experiential learning in the field. This study fits well into a broader liberal arts education and allows time for students to complete a major in another field of study, for example, in the discipline one intends to teach. The Educational Studies major does not lead directly to licensure; however, faculty in the Department of Education assist students in creating individually designed plans for obtaining licensure after graduation through a range of graduate and other programs.

Educational Studies Major

The Educational Studies major consists of nine courses: PSYC 100; EDUC 213; EDUC 249 or EDUC 250; PSYC 200; EDUC 312; EDUC 390; EDUC 421 or two semesters Senior Research; and two 300-level education courses, one of which must be cross-listed with Black Studies, Queer Studies, or Women's and Gender Studies.

Please note these prerequisites: PSYC 100 for PSYC 200, EDUC 249, and EDUC 250; EDUC 213 for all 300-level education courses; EDUC 249 or EDUC 250 for EDUC 312; and senior standing for EDUC 421.

Students should complete a course trajectory plan, educational philosophy, and interview with department faculty before declaring the major; optimally this should occur by the end of the sophomore year. In addition, students must complete an approved internship, in schools or other educational settings.

Educational Studies Minor

The Educational Studies minor requires 24 semester hours of course work: PSYC 100; EDUC 213; EDUC 390; and three education electives, one of which must be cross-listed with Black Studies, Queer Studies, or Women's and Gender Studies.