Educational Studies Minor

Not only for teachers

If you are pursuing careers in the social and behavioral sciences, law, medicine, social justice or youth services, you might find the educational studies minor a valuable addition to your studies. 

Through this program — designed for non-teaching majors —  you can explore the intersection of learning, education and society. Increase your understanding of educational policy and get introduced to educational issues you may experience as a student, citizen, parent or in your future careers. 

Faculty from seven departments in three UNI colleges -- College of Education, College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, and College of Social and Behavioral Sciences -- collaborate on this interdisciplinary option to include with your studies. 

Interested in an Educational Studies Minor?

Contact us directly at:

Morgan Anderson
Educational Psychology, Foundations & Leadership Studies
SEC 515
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0607

Phone: 319-273-2694

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With the breadth of focus in this minor, you can choose a minimum of four elective courses in addition to one required course. You can even petition the Educational Studies Advisory Committee if you’d like to see a course added. Up to six credits in practicum and research options are also available. A sampling of coursework: 

  • Dynamics of Human Development
  • Schools and American Society
  • Mental Health and Well-being in the Classroom
  • Religion and the Public School
  • Language of School-aged Children
  • Exploring the Student Affairs Profession
  • Interdisciplinary Study of Disability 

Advisory Committee

The educational studies minor is administered through the Department of Educational Psychology, Foundations and Leadership Studies and is under the supervision of the Educational Studies Advisory Committee. Members include: 

Morgan Anderson, PhD
Committee Chair
Educational Psychology, Foundations and Leadership Studies

Michael Graziano, PhD
Philosophy and World Religions

Ramona McNeal, PhD
Political Science

Kimberly MacLin, PhD

Carissa Froyum, PhD
Sociology, Anthropology & Criminology