Combine Your Specialized Degree with a Minor in Education
The minor in Education provides an introductory foundation in education as an academic discipline, with an emphasis on preparing students to work with community organizations, public policy, educational media, or in educational environments.
Students whose major is outside of Education and who are interested in obtaining PA Department of Education certification for Secondary Education grades 7-12 (with content area specialization) or Art Education grades PK-12 should declare the Education Minor prior to applying to the certification preparation program.
The Education Minor is also appropriate for students with interests in education not necessarily related to teaching certification. Students who are not seeking teacher certification pursue coursework for the Minor related to education as a discipline, to study social, cultural, political, and historical forms of learning and community development, within and outside educational institutions. The Education Minor applies to students who may, for example, want a future career in educational spaces, such as teaching English to international populations; museum settings; public libraries; coaching; social work; advocacy; authoring/illustrating books and other texts; community development; and working with specialized populations.
All students who want to minor in Education should contact the School of Education as early as possible, preferably in their first year of undergraduate studies, to meet with an adviser and construct an appropriate course of study based on the student’s needs and interests.
Areas of Emphasis
The Education Minor includes five courses with the following requirements:
- ED110: Teaching for Learning (+Lab)
- At least one course must include fieldwork/experiential experience of some kind. Options include the internship course for education studies or an education course with a fieldwork component — noted in the catalog with an L designation attached to the course number.
- One Education course at a 300/400 level
- Two additional education courses related to the student’s area of interest — or, with approval of the advisor, this could include at most ONE course outside of SOE that is broadly education-related.