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Degrees and Requirements

Education

Minors are offered as opportunities for students to fulfill career or personal interests, and/or to facilitate in-depth study in a field of secondary interest.  In particular, the Education minor would be especially valuable for students interested in working in an educational setting, including majors such as Child and Family Studies, Psychology, and Sociology.  An Education minor would also be beneficial for those students who may pursue teaching certification at the post-baccalaureate level, including students in academic content areas such as Biology, Chemistry, English, History or Mathematics who are interested in secondary teaching certification after graduating with a bachelor's degree in their subject area.

Minors must be completed within the student's graduation timeline, and students may not major and minor in the same department.

The Education minor requires 21 credits.

Summary of Requirements

Minor Electives : Select 10 credits

  • EDEL2000
    FOUNDATIONS OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

    EDEL2000
    FOUNDATIONS OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course will focus on the foundations of PreK-4 education and explore the different learning environments that are optimal for young children. Students will gain insight into the philosophy and objectives of the PreK-4 curriculum and be introduced to theories and instructional strategies that can be used in teaching the various subject areas. The course will provide an overview of relevant content for educating students from preschool through grade four.

    PREREQUISITES:

    EDUC1010

  • EDML2000
    FOUNDATIONS OF MIDDLE LEVEL EDUCATION

    EDML2000
    FOUNDATIONS OF MIDDLE LEVEL EDUCATION

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    This course will provide an overview of the rationale and characteristics of developmentally responsive middle schools that serve fourth through eighth grade students. Specific structures and strategies that support the unique needs of adolescent learners will be discussed, such as transition practices, exploratory curriculum, advocacy, and interdisciplinary teaming.

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  • EDSP3015
    INTRO TO LOW INCIDENCE DISABILITIES

    EDSP3015
    INTRO TO LOW INCIDENCE DISABILITIES

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course is designed to prepare students with the skills necessary to effectively teach individuals with severe disabilities, identify the relationships of organizations to school systems, laws and policies that are related to the implementation of specialized health care in the educational setting, and demonstrate the knowledge and understanding of individuals so as to develop effective instructional plans that will contribute to effective programs.

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  • EDUC2015
    INTEGRATING THE ARTS THROUGHOUT THE CURRICULUM

    EDUC2015
    INTEGRATING THE ARTS THROUGHOUT THE CURRICULUM

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    This course will present strategies and teaching techniques for integrating the arts throughout the curriculum. Students will develop an understanding of elements and principles of the arts. Students will consider how a classroom environment can support the arts and humanities.

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  • EDUC2020
    TEACHING SOCIAL STUDIES

    EDUC2020
    TEACHING SOCIAL STUDIES

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This class focuses on effective instructional strategies for teaching social studies in an inclusive classroom. Students will become familiar with the learning standards and thematic strands of social studies identified by the National Council for the Social Studies, which include the disciplines of geography, history, economics, and civics and government. Emphasis will be on organizing subject matter and translating it to children through a variety of instructional methods. An integral part of the course will be a field experience placement, which will allow the student to connect theory to practice.

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  • EDUC2025

    EDUC2025

    Credits (Min/Max): /

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  • EDUC2030
    INTEGRATING HEALTH AND WELLNESS THROUGHOUT THE CURRICULUM

    EDUC2030
    INTEGRATING HEALTH AND WELLNESS THROUGHOUT THE CURRICULUM

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    This course will present strategies and teaching techniques for integrating health, safety and physical activity throughout the curriculum. Students will develop an understanding of the elements and principles of health and wellness. Students will consider how a classroom environment can support the physical, motor and social-emotional development of children.

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  • MLED2000
    ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS IN THEMULTICULTURAL CLASSROOM

    MLED2000
    ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS IN THEMULTICULTURAL CLASSROOM

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course introduces the most important principles and practices for teachers of children with home languages other than English. Students examine the implications of cultural and linguistic variation for English Language learners. We focus on how educators work in the classroom, the school, and the community to support these learners' language development and academic learning.

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  • SASU3035

    SASU3035

    Credits (Min/Max): /

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  • SOCL3027
    FAMILY RELATIONS

    SOCL3027
    FAMILY RELATIONS

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A sociological analysis of the family with emphasis on historical trends and contemporary family life in the United States. The study includes family relationships and functions, family disorganization and change, with an overview of the family as a major social institution.

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  • SOCL3050
    EDUCATION AND SOCIETY

    SOCL3050
    EDUCATION AND SOCIETY

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course is a critical analysis of education as a social institution. It looks at the interactive relations between education and the social dimensions of class, race, ethnicity, and gender, both in the US and in selected countries around the world.

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Minor Requirements: 11 credits

  • EDSP2015
    INTRO TO HIGH INCIDENCE DISABILITIES

    EDSP2015
    INTRO TO HIGH INCIDENCE DISABILITIES

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course provides students an opportunity to explore foundations of special education in the United States including: characteristics of each disability category, legislation, over-representation of diverse students, academic and functional needs of students with disabilities, individual learning differences, least restrictive environment, implications for a Standards Aligned System, collaboration and transition. Students will develop an understanding of Accommodations and Adaptations for inclusive environments.

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  • EDUC1010
    INTRO TO EDUCATION AND FIELD EXPERIENCE

    EDUC1010
    INTRO TO EDUCATION AND FIELD EXPERIENCE

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course provides students with an introduction to the teaching profession. Students will learn the qualifications for becoming an effective and ethical educator. Current programming and educational topics will be explored. Classroom observations in a variety of settings and grade levels are required.

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  • EDUC2010
    INITIAL FIELD EXPERIENCE

    EDUC2010
    INITIAL FIELD EXPERIENCE

    Credits (Min/Max): 2/2

    This initial field experience course will provide students with the opportunity to observe and reflect on elements within various classroom environments. This experience will allow the student to interact with the learners in a variety of ways, develop knowledge of effective educational practices, and demonstrate professionalism in an educational setting. Seminars will be included with this course in which students will assess, evaluate, and discuss the field experience.

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  • PSYC2061
    EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

    PSYC2061
    EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course provides an introduction to educational psychology, the science of learning and teaching. Students will be exposed to the research methods used in psychological science, theoretical approaches to cognitive development and learning, and applications of those theories to understanding student behavior in the context of the school environment.

    PREREQUISITES:

    PSYC1021 or PSYC1021H