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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education Minor

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About the Education Minor

A student may elect a minor outside the major field. Minors are specified groups of at least five courses offered in various disciplines and may include cognates to the student’s major. A 2.00 GPA must be maintained in the courses required for the minor. A maximum of two courses can double count toward a minor and a major.

Students who are interested in Pennsylvania teacher certification areas of Secondary Education grades 7-12 with content area specialization) or Art Education grades PK-12 should declare the Education Minor prior to applying to the certification program. The Education Minor is also appropriate for students with interests in education not necessarily related to teacher certification. All students declaring the Education Minor have the option to design a program that addresses their interests and future plans, in conjunction with an SoE adviser.

Students who are not necessarily interested in teacher certification may pursue coursework for the Minor related to education as a discipline, to study social, cultural, political, and historical forms of learning and community development, within and outside educational institutions. The Education Minor applies to students who may, for example, want a future career in educational spaces, such as teaching English to international populations; museum settings; public libraries; coaching; social work; advocacy; authoring/illustrating books and other texts; community development; working with specialized populations, etc.


Five Education Courses (with the approval of the adviser, this could include one course outside of the School of Education that is broadly education related*)

  • ED110 Teaching for Learning (Required)
  • ED course with Field/Experiential Learning (One Required)

At least ONE course must include fieldwork/experiential experience of some kind: options include the internship course for education studies or an education course with a fieldwork component (noted in the catalog with an L designation attached to the course number). Current Education courses with fieldwork (to meet field/experiential learning requirement):

ED207 and ED207L: Design Thinking and Problem Based Learning and Lab

ED212 and ED212L: Youth and Child Development and Lab

ED226 and ED226L: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment and Lab

ED360: Public History (3 credits)

ED369: Education Studies Internship & Research

  • ED courses (with or without fieldwork) (Two required)

Select two additional courses from either field/experiential options OR select two courses without fieldwork. Current Education courses without fieldwork suitable for the Education Minor:

ED 203: Power of Play

ED 211: Assessment & Intervention in Infancy & Toddlerhood

ED 214: Introduction to Inclusive Education

ED 216: Teaching Literacy in the 21st Century

ED 249: Princesses and Superheroes: How Media Shape

ED 262: Rethink Gender&Sexuality Educ Glbl World

ED 263: Arts, Mathematics, Community & Learning

ED 299: Understanding Language Learning

  • ED course at the 300 level or higher (One required)

ED306 & ED306S Strategies for Emergent & Content Area Literacy

ED308 Social Studies Literacies

ED315 Differentiated Instruction in Inclusive Classrooms

ED323 Early Intervention

ED360 Public History

ED369 Education Studies Internship & Research

ED375 Managing an Inclusive Classroom

ED389 Independent Study Research

ED394 Supporting Students w Low Incidence Disabilities

ED411 Designing Learning Environments


*Examples of Courses outside of the SOE that are broadly education-related, and thus potentially able to be used as part of the minor, with advisor approval:

  • EN343 Writing for Children

  • ID252 Laughing Matters

  • ID325 Artist in the Community/ParkwayNWHS

  • IS485 Learning War/Learning Peace

  • US220 Education Stories: Films about Schools

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