IN THIS SECTION
Enhance your major and get an edge in your career.
Explore the ways a versatile background in education can round out your major and enhance your career. With the Education Studies Minor, you will discover the unique needs of students at different stages, from early childhood to secondary school, while learning the foundations of education, learning and development, curriculum, and diversity in education. This minor does not lead to initial licensure in education from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and does not require you to take the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL).
WHAT YOU WILL DO
- Develop a solid understanding of the principles of education
- Explore and create curriculum
- Participate in fieldwork in a school setting
- Understand the differences of teaching various age levels
- Examine current topics and contemporary issues in the field of education
Explore sample courses in this program.
ED-120 The Educational Experience Through Memoirs
Explores educational issues through reading memoirs on teaching and being a student focused on diversity. Provides advanced reading strategies.
ED-149 Introduction to the Teaching Profession Middle/Secondary School
This course provides a basic understanding to the teaching aspects in middle and secondary classrooms. It explores the Massachusetts Department of Educational Professional Standards for Teachers and gives students a general orientation to the profession. Principles of the teaching/learning process and related skills are addressed, in addition to observable behaviors in the classroom setting(s). Students are required to do 5 fieldwork observation hours in an accredited middle/secondary school.
ED-150 Introduction to the Teaching Profession
Overview of the teaching profession, including an examination of a variety of grade levels (birth-grade 12), learning environments, equity issues, and school management and organization. Developmental domains of learning are introduced. Students engage in lesson planning, observational techniques, and collaboration. 5 hours of fieldwork or experiential learning.
ED-155 Teaching and Learning in Elementary School
Overview of the teaching profession, examination of a variety of learning environments, organizing and managing schools, integrating curricula, observational techniques. 5 hours of fieldwork.
ED-160 Early Childhood Education Today
Exploration of early childhood education emphasizing developmentally appropriate creativities, motor skills. Discussion: families, community resources, play, integration of special needs. 5 hours of fieldwork.
ED-206 Development and Learning of Typical and Atypical Children Birth to Age 8
Analysis of children’s learning, focusing on special education, typical and atypical conditions for learning from birth through age 8.
ED-207 The Adolescent in Schools and Society
This course investigates the educational, psychological, social, and environmental factors related to adolescents in school settings.
ED-211 Integrating Science, Social Studies, and the Fine Arts in Early Childhood Curriculum
Designing and evaluating multi-disciplinary curricula for all children; materials, organizing environments, regulations, learning theories, evaluation of children’s learning and development. 10 hours of fieldwork.
ED-250 Educational Psychology
Learning and developmental processes of typical and atypical learners. Motivation, relationships of intelligence, affect, and achievement. Application to teaching and learning. 10 hours of fieldwork.
ED-251 Principles of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in Middle and High School
Introduces lesson planning, literacy demands, curriculum development, and assessment strategies at the middle and high school level. 10 hours of fieldwork.
ED-270 Diversity and Multicultural Ed
Introduction to multicultural education, equity, and social justice issues in education including a focus on race, ethnicity, languages, class, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and disabilities.
ED-271 International and Comparative Education
This course compares the educational policies, practices, and outcomes in 2 or more countries.
ED-285 Understanding and Supporting Children and Youth with Disabilities
Introduction to the characteristics of diverse children and youth with disabilities and multidisciplinary supports designed to meet their needs for success in school.
ED-304 Best Practices for English Language Learners
Research-based grade level subject matter, instructional strategies, and performance assessments of English language learners are the focus of discussions and class projects.
ED-306 Elementary Reading, Language Arts, and Literature
Stresses interrelationships of oral/written communication; investigates concepts, skills, and procedures for teaching literacy and using children’s literature in grades 1-6. 20 hours of fieldwork.
ED-307 ECE - Science
Thematically taught developmentally appropriate activities linked to state science frameworks (life, physical, earth/space). Emphasizing hands-on inquiry and relevance to learners’ experiences and addressing diversity, authentic assessment, and use of technology. 10 hours of fieldwork.
ED-308 ECE - Mathematics
Application of Piaget’s ideas to early mathematical education. Other well-known psychologists’ views concerning early mathematics instruction, with application. Field experience. 10 hours of fieldwork.
ED-330 Elementary Social Studies and Multiculturalism
Goals, curriculum, skills, issues, teaching strategies in educating diverse populations in a global context. 10 hours of fieldwork.