Degree Requirements

2018 - 2019

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 an additional 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 students will have multiple opportunities to communicate original thinking through writing, to explore various genres, and to address diverse audiences through course assignments. Students will learn how to develop a focused, well-supported essay. Also, they will acquire the skills to blend written language with other modes to communicate a message, and how to navigate various formatting guidelines informing the field of education. During their senior year, students will reflect upon a collection of essays they have produced in previous courses through a capstone, portfolio project. The project invites them to assess the themes, areas of growth and quality, and to witness their engagement in writing as a process.

Educational Studies students are encouraged to consider taking a semester off-campus. This option allows for comparative study of education and often, extended apprenticeships in schools. Educational Studies students have studied, for instance, in Chile, England, Denmark, Northern Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, and The Philadelphia Center. Please contact an Educational Studies faculty member for more details.  The Department plans to launch a collaborative learning initiative with Turku University, Finland in 2019.

Educational Studies Major

The Educational Studies major consists of nine courses:

PSYC 100Introduction to Psychology
EDUC 213The U.S. Education System
EDUC 249The Learner and the Teacher: Childhood
or EDUC 250 The Learner and the Teacher: Adolescence
PSYC 200Research Methods and Statistics
EDUC 312Literacy and Learning: Theory and Practice
EDUC 390Critical Pedagogy: Gender, Race and Class in U.S. Education
EDUC 421Senior Seminar (or two semesters of Senior Research)
And two Education electives, one of which must be cross-listed with Black Studies, Queer Studies, or Women's and Gender Studies.

Please note these prerequisites: PSYC 100 - Introduction to Psychology for PSYC 200 - Research Methods and Statistics; EDUC 213 - The U.S. Education System for EDUC 390 - Critical Pedagogy: Gender, Race and Class in U.S. Education; EDUC 249 - The Learner and the Teacher: Childhood or EDUC 250 - The Learner and the Teacher: Adolescence for EDUC 312 - Literacy and Learning: Theory and Practice; and senior standing for EDUC 421 - Senior Seminar.

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 six courses, including:

  • PSYC 100 - Introduction to Psychology;
  • EDUC 213 - The U.S. Education System;
  • and EDUC 390 - Critical Pedagogy: Gender, Race and Class in U.S. Education.
  • And three Education electives, one of which must be cross-listed with Black Studies, Queer Studies, or Women's and Gender Studies.

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