School of Education

Teaching and Learning Minor

Overview

The Teaching and Learning minor is designed, in part, for students who are interested in studying education as an academic field — the process and structure of education in both traditional school settings as well as other educational arenas of public life — but who are not necessarily interested in a career in public school teaching.

Central to the minor is the examination of the relationship between education and society. This minor is designed to prepare students to make educated decisions as members of, and leaders in, their communities as well as to work with diverse populations.

Learning outcomes - Students will: 

  • Have an understanding of the cultural, social, historical, legal and philosophical foundations of education.
  • Be able to analyze critical issues in education from a variety of perspectives.
  • Have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to work with diverse populations in a variety of settings.
  • Develop a commitment to professional affiliation, ethical practice, lifelong learning and continued professional growth and development.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to team collaboration and advocacy.
  • Hold a belief in the dignity, worth and learning potential of all individuals.
  • Understand the process of human development and associated learning needs.
  • Develop the pedagogical skills for designing and implementing instruction that incorporates a variety of teaching methodologies, resources, and organizational patterns.
  • Develop competence in the evaluation of individual learning and reflective analysis of teaching.
  • Develop the knowledge and skills necessary to create environments that facilitate learning and accommodate for the special learning needs of exceptional and culturally diverse individuals.

Requirements

Teaching and Learning Minor (20 s.h.)

The following two courses are required:

  • EDU 211: School and Society (4 s.h.)
  • Teaching Diverse Learners
    Either EDU 450: Teaching Diverse Learners in Secondary Schools (4 s.h.) OR
    EDU 451: Teaching Diverse Learners (4 s.h.)

Students should choose an additional 12 s.h. of courses from the following:

  • EDU 298: Children’s Literature (4 s.h.)
  • EDU 323: Literacy Development  I (4 s.h.)—highly recommended for students pursuing Teach for America, Peace Corps, City Year, etc.
  • EDU 324: Literacy Development II (4 s.h.)
  • EDU 325: Middle Grades Literacy (4 s.h.)
  • EDU 333: Supporting Emotional and Social Development in Early Childhood (4 s.h.)
  • EDU 342: Foundations of Special Education (4 s.h.)
  • EDU 345: Classroom Management (4 s.h.)
  • EDU 355: Teaching in 21st Century Classrooms (4 s.h.)
  • EDU 441: Foundations of Middle Level Education (4 s.h.)
  • EDU 444: Language and Literacy in Special Education (4 s.h.)
  • PSY 321: Educational Psychology (4 s.h.)