Minor in Education

About the Minor

The minor in education provides a structured academic opportunity for students who wish to add a fundamental understanding of the field of education as well as practical knowledge in the art and science of teaching and learning to their undergraduate experience.

Designed for students with a strong interest in education and training, the minor will not necessarily lead to the student being recommended for a state teaching certificate. However, should a student decide to also pursue a teaching certificate as a component of his or her major—or in post-baccalaureate work— the courses required for the minor are applicable to Pennsylvania State certification.

Program Requirements

Required Courses
EDEX 142Special Education Foundations: Referral and Assessment3.0
EDEX 246 [WI] Literacy and Content Skill Development PreK-83.0
EDUC 101Foundations in Education I: A Historical and Philosophical Perspective3.0
or EDUC 316 Teaching in Urban Contexts
EDUC 120Child Development I: Typical Development3.0
or EDUC 123 Adolescent Development
or EDUC 223 Teaching the Middle School Child
EDUC 216Diversity and Today's Teacher3.0
EDUC 322Evaluation of Instruction3.0
EDUC 324Current Research in Curriculum & Instruction3.0
or EDUC 365 Foundations in Instructing English Language Learners
EDUC 325Multimedia in Instructional Design3.0
or EDUC 308 Creating a Positive Classroom Climate
Total Credits24.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

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