Professor Karen Graves, Chair
Professor Karen Graves; Assistant Professor Emily Nemeth; Visiting Assistant Professor Kevin Zayed; 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 an additonal 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.
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 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 for PSYC 200; EDUC 213 for EDUC 390; 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, including PSYC 100; EDUC 213; and EDUC 390. One course among the electives must be cross-listed with Black Studies, Queer Studies, or Women’s and Gender Studies.