Education Studies Minor

Education is a broad field that spans the entire life cycle. The minor in Education Studies allows students to tailor an 18- to 20-credit program to their unique interests, which may include P-12 schooling, higher education, community-based learning initiatives, and more. The sequence includes core courses in educational psychology and social and cultural foundations of education. Working closely with an advisor from the Education Department, students select at least 9 credits of additional courses from approved options to fulfill the minor. Following initial coursework, in the junior or senior year, students take EDUC 49700, a field experience and seminar, in which they synthesize key understandings from across their programmatic curriculum. The minor provides academic and practical experience as preparation for employment, for graduate studies, or for active participation in civic life. In keeping with the mission and vision of the Education Department of Ithaca College, a focus on education as a vehicle for social justice will be emphasized across the program.

Minor Requirements

In addition to the three Core Courses required of every student in the minor, students select additional coursework either from the "Education Studies" track or the "Teacher Preparation" track. Students interested in preparing for graduate study in a teacher preparation program are advised to follow the “teacher-preparation track” within the minor.

Core Courses
EDUC 21010Educational Psychology3
EDUC 34000Social and Cultural Foundations of Education3
EDUC 49700Fieldwork in Education (restricted to juniors and seniors; requires a formal proposal and advance approval from the instructor)3
Select additional courses following either the Teacher Preparation Track or the Education Studies Track9-11
Total Credits18-20
Teacher Preparation Track
EDUC 10200Reading Foundations2
EDUC 21800Introduction to Pedagogy and Practice3
EDUC 21910Early Field Experience: Theory and Practice3
EDUC 23900Educating Students with Special Needs in Diverse Classrooms3
Total Credits11
Education Studies Track
Select a minimum of 9 credits from the following (some courses may have additional prerequisites):9
Human Variation: "Race," Biology, and Culture
Business & Professional Comm
Education, Oppression, and Liberation
Reading Foundations
Introduction to Pedagogy and Practice
Early Field Experience: Theory and Practice
Issues in Elementary Education
Second Language Acquisition: Its Nature and Meaning for Educators
Educating Students with Special Needs in Diverse Classrooms
EDUC 290xx
Special Topics in Education
Research Project in Education (no more than 3 credits may be counted towards this requirement)
Culture and Community in Education and Teaching
War, Hunger, and Genocide: An International Health Perspective
Studies in Young Adult and Children’s Literature
Teaching Literature in Middle School and High School
Numbers in Education
Mathematics for Childhood Education
Difference and Community
The Holocaust
Crossing Borders/Global Migration
Introduction to Developmental Psychology
Proseminar in Development
Life-Span Development: A Cross-Cultural Perspective
Family Dynamics and Therapy
Youth and Youth Cultures
Introduction to Social Institutions and Organizations
Instructional Design
Queer Studies