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  The Graduate School of Education 2009-2011 Undergraduate Minor: Education as a Social Science  

Undergraduate Minor: Education as a Social Science

The education minor is designed for undergraduate students interested in investigating learning and teaching in a broad range of human contexts. This minor takes a multidisciplinary approach to the study of educative practices and is premised on several key assumptions: learning and teaching are fundamental human and cultural processes; education is intimately bound up with social, cultural, economic, and political systems; and reflection and inquiry are powerful tools for exploring teaching and learning in all human contexts. Through a minor in education, students will examine each of these assumptions by investigating educative practices in and outside of formal settings. The education minor is designed for students interested in educational practice, policy, and research; but it is not a pathway to teacher certification. Instead, the aim is to provide students with an interdisciplinary study of the multiple settings in which education takes place, and how educative practices are part of daily life.

Education minors will take a minimum of 18 credits. All minors will take 05:300:200  Introduction to Education. In addition, they will take five other courses, one of which may be taken outside the Graduate School of Education, from an approved list of courses. At least 12 credits in the minor must be completed at the 300 level or above.

Required Course:

05:300:200  Introduction to Education (3)

Optional Courses:

05:300:306  Educational Psychology: Principles of Classroom Learning (3)
05:300:315  Interactive Training for Workplace and Community Settings (3)
05:300:317  The Teacher in Film: Analyzing What Hollywood Has been Telling Us about Teaching (3)
05:300:318  The Teacher as Performer: The Presentation of Self (3)
05:300:319  Community-Based Learning in Urban Environments (3)
05:300:364  History of American Education (3)
05:300:365  Contemporary Issues in Education (3)
05:300:401  Individual and Cultural Diversity in the Classroom (3)
05:300:409  Children's Literature in the Early Childhood and Elementary School (3)
05:300:463  Comparative Education (3)
05:300:464  Race and Ethnicity in American Schools (3)

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