EDUCATION MINOR: Students will examine the role of education as a cultural institution, explore the art of teaching, and learn about the varied characteristics of today’s learners.

ED Minor Requirements:

  • 18 credits TOTAL;
    • 6 Core credits required:
      • Introduction to Education (50:300:101) (3 credits)
      • Introduction to Special Education (50:300:305) (3 credits)
  • 9 credits above the 100 level, of which 6 must be at the 300 to 400 level;
  • No more than 6 credits can be taken outside of the Education program. If taking 6 credits outside of Education (course code 300) department, courses must be taken in two different departments/ content areas;
  • Graduate level MAT courses work towards the minor for students admitted to the BA/MAT Accelerated Program.
  • Must earn a C or higher in each course to count towards minor

LINK HERE for Education Minor Advisement Sheet If you are interested in declaring the Education Minor, speak to your advisor or to go the Registrar’s office. 


50:300:101 Introduction to Education (3): A course designed to give students an introduction to the field of education, including a look at the historical, philosophical, and modern development of educational theory and practice.

 50:300:305 Introduction to Special Education (3): A survey of special education in modern schooling, including the diversity of learners and the varied models for delivering instruction.

50:300:301 Contemporary Issues in Education (3): The course will engage students in in-depth analysis of core education issues of both a theoretical and practical nature. Topic areas include standards; learning environment, curriculum, student diversity; evaluation, technology, and professional ethics.

50:300:383 Social Emotional Learning (3): This course will engage students in the exploration of all aspects of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). They will explore how students understand, practice, and manage their emotions through setting and achieving positive goals, while simultaneously learning to identify, feel and show empathy for others. Students will explore these social and emotional components to learning by identifying aspects of their own SEL and develop skills to help in the SEL development of others.


** For students admitted the BA/MAT Accelerated Program and meet the BA/MAT Requirements

  • GPA 3.0 or higher: Undergraduate with 70+ completed* credits can take up to 3 or 4 courses total. *One class per semester; two classes with special permission and at least 90 earned credits
  • GPA 2.99 or lower: Undergraduate with 90+ completed* credits can take1 course. If the student receives a B or higher in education course, they may be eligible to take up to 2 more.

56:300:500 Psychological Foundations of Learning (3): This course examines child and adolescent development and focuses on developmental stages, learner motivation, student interests, creating a healthy learning climate, language development, and individual differences. 

56:300:501 Exceptionalities (3): A survey of the neurological, sensory, orthopedic, communicative, and social disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorders, present in children, and the impact of these on the psychological and academic development of the child. Students will also examine the impact of the disabilities on cognitive, mental, and social growth, the factors to be considered in assessment and rehabilitative developments, and strategies for professional collaboration to meet students’ needs. 

 56:300:502 Managing Student Behaviors (3): An examination of behavioral and psychotherapies for the range of behaviors found in the classroom. The course will equip students with a variety of researched-based strategies and models of discipline to address behavior management of all students in a classroom. 

 56:300:510 Fundamentals of Education (3): An examination of the foundations of teaching and instruction. Students will explore current topics in modern education and classroom methodologies. The completion and documentation of the 50-hour clinical experience is a course requirement. 

 56:300:509 The Early Childhood Environment (3): This course will develop the student’s ability to critically analyze and enhance early childhood environments. It will provide a comprehensive overview of environments that encompass birth to age 8 settings to ensure students are able to plan and support developmentally appropriate environments that meet the diverse needs of children, staff, and families. 

 56:300:532 The Special Education Process (3): A detailed analysis of the special education process from identification to transition into adulthood and independence. Students will learn the principles of collaboration, both internal and external to the classroom, school, and special education procedures. 


  • 50:163:270 Childhood and Disabilities
  • 50:163:350 Kids’ Media Cultures
  • 50:163:352 Developing Minds and Bodies
  • 50:163:360 Children’s Books and Illustration
  • 50:163:361 Young Adult Literature
  • 50:163:362 Children’s Literacies
  • 50:163:382 Urban Education 
  • 50:163:384 Gender and Education 
  • 50:163:383 Youth Identities and Urban Ecology
  • 50:209:240 Digital Youth Cultures
  • 50:350:243 Children’s Literature, Film, Media, and Animation  
  • 50:350:360 Literature of Childhood  
  • 50:350:362 Children’s Literature in Print and Film  
  • 50:352:231 Seuss and Sendak  
  • 50:352:348 Literature of Adolescence  
  • 50:352:230 The Art of Dr. Seuss
  • 50:512:230 Education in America 
  • 50:830:226 Psychology of Childhood  
  • 50:830:301 Educational Psychology  
  • 50:830:326 Psychology of Adolescence 
  • 50:920:306 Sociology of the Family  
  • 50:920:345 Sociology of Education  
  • 50:975:221 Literacy Practicum  
  • 50:975:380 Charter Schools and Urban Education (special topic)