Educational Studies Minor


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Program Description

Teachers are not the only ones who need to understand the learning process. If you are pursuing careers in the social and behavioral sciences, law, medicine, social justice or youth services, the educational studies minor can be a valuable addition to your program of study. 

Through this program -- designed for undergraduates not majoring in teacher education --  you can explore the intersection of learning, education and society. Coursework provides opportunities for students to study the learning process, the organization of schooling, its links to broader political and historical contexts, and the potential of educational systems to bring about social change. 

If you are a non-teaching major, you will find this minor enhances your understanding of educational policy and provides a broad introduction to educational issues you may experience as a student, as a citizen, as a parent or in your future careers. 

The colleges of Education; Social and Behavioral Sciences; Business; and Humanities, Arts and Sciences jointly offer this interdisciplinary program. 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.


Educational Studies Advisory Committee:


 


Courses

Curriculum requirements for the minor in educational studies consist of one core course and a minimum of 12 credit hours of electives from the courses listed here. Students may petition the Educational Studies Advisory Committee to add a relevant course not currently listed.  

Required Courses

Please select at least one of the following (if the course is selected as a required course, it may not be chosen as an elective course).  

Required Hours 3  


Electives  

Choose four courses from the following list of courses with at least one course from Category A and one from either Category B or C.  

Category A: Psychological/Developmental Perspectives  

  • Dynamics of Human Development EDPSYCH 2030
  • Mental Health and Well-Being in the Classroom (EDPSYCH 4118)  
  • Social Psychology in Educational Contexts (EDPSYCH 4140)  
  • Theatre in Education (THEATRE 3100/CAP 3106)
  • Understanding Communication Disorders (CSD 1000)
  • Language Acquisition in Children: Birth to 5 Years (CSD 3100)
  • Language of School-aged Children (CSD 3200)  

Category B: Sociological/Historical/Philosophical Perspectives

Category C: Political/Economic/Policy Perspectives  

  • Political and Ethical Issues in Education (EDLEAD 4319)  
  • Current Approaches to Multicultural Education (EDPSYCH 4188)
  • Topics in Public Policy: US Education Policy (POL AMER 4176)
  • Bilingual Education in the Public Schools (TESOL 4720)  
  • Interdisciplinary Study of Disability (SPED 4180
  • American State Politics (POL AMER 2131)
  • Community Politics (POL AMER 3132)

Elective Hours 12  

TOTAL HOURS 15


Practicum and Research Experience (Optional, up to 6 hours)  

Optional Hours up to 6  


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I declare a minor in Educational Studies?

It’s easy! No signatures are required. Just download and complete the Minor Declaration Form  and send to:

Dr. Anthony Gabriele
Chair, Educational Studies Advisory Committee
Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations
515 Schindler Education Center
Mail Code: 0607
ATTN: Educational Studies Minor

          Or

Email form as an attachment to: Anthony.Gabriele@uni.edu

Once processed with the UNI Registrars office, we will confirm by email.


Can I make modifications/course substitutions to coursework in the Educational Studies minor?

Yes! If you would like to take a course not currently listed (or an independent study course) in the Educational Studies Minor, you may propose a modification to the Minor. To do this, you will need to get approval from the Educational Studies Advisory Committee. Just download and complete the Minor Modification Request Form, including the necessary additional supplemental information and signatures and send it to:

Dr. Anthony Gabriele
Chair, Educational Studies Advisory Committee
Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations
515 Schindler Education Center
Mail Code: 0607
ATTN: Educational Studies Minor