The education department offers two minors (but no major), one in Teaching and Learning Studies and one in Education Studies.

The minors offer opportunities to explore teaching and education, from the perspective of a classroom teacher or as a field of study. Students may choose to focus on urban education within either minor.

Early planning is preferable, but we will also be glad to discuss teaching program possibilities with you at any point. Students may register for a minor beginning in the spring of the sophomore year, but a minor is not required for teacher licensure. With the exception of 302, 303, and 320 the department’s courses are designed for all students, not simply for those planning a career in public or private school teaching.

The Teaching and Learning Studies minor explores teaching and its connection to learning from the viewpoint of a practicing teacher and can lead to state licensure. The life of a teacher can be the most rewarding of all professions; the intellectual and personal challenges are endless. This minor offers the great opportunity to prepare for teaching in collaboration with other talented, dedicated Wellesley students. 

For the interested candidate, we offer multiple paths to teaching. Some students complete our full teacher certification program and are prepared to teach full-time upon graduation. Other students pursue a program with shorter internships and decide to enroll in graduate teacher preparation programs or other alternative teacher certification programs. We invite you to discuss with us the variety of courses, internships, and paths into teaching. We will support your work in any of these paths even if you decide not to declare a minor.

Internships (and possible licensure) are available for high school (grades 8-12), middle school (grades 5-8), or elementary school (grades 1-6) teaching. Generally, the program requires students to take specified subject-matter courses within their teaching fields along with five to seven education and psychology courses, two of which are the teaching practicum (EDUC 303) and accompanying seminar (EDUC 302).  Please consult with us about the specifics of each program and check the Education Department webpage for introductory information about courses.

Licensure through Wellesley is transferrable to most other states.

The Teaching and Learning Studies minor consists of five courses chosen from the following:

(A) One or two of EDUC 102EDUC 110EDUC 117EDUC 200EDUC 201EDUC 212, EDUC 213, EDUC 215EDUC 216EDUC 335, EDUC 340, PSYC 248, PSYC 321, MIT 11.124, MIT 11.125 or other approved course; (B) three or four of EDUC 200, EDUC 201, EDUC 300EDUC 302, EDUC 303EDUC 304EDUC 305, EDUC 308, EDUC 310, EDUC 314, EDUC 322, EDUC 325 or PSYC 207 (or PSYC 208).

The Education Studies minor is designed to establish a foundation of knowledge about education as a field of study. It is intended for students interested in topics related to education, such as the origins of education and child welfare practices, the role of schools in society and communities, school reform, questions of educational theory or research, or the relation of education to social problems more generally. Education Studies minors should choose courses intentionally and fill out and file a plan of study optimally during the sophomore year, or as soon as possible thereafter.  In consultation with Barbara Beatty or Soo Hong, Education Studies minors will develop and concentrate on a coherent plan of study. Suggested subject-specific concentrations include historical and philosophical perspectives on education, childhood and youth studies, education policy, family and community engagement, and urban education. For all Education Studies minors, fieldwork in a school or educational program is highly recommended. The Education Studies minor may be pursued by students considering a career in teaching but does not satisfy requirements for teacher licensure.

The Education Studies minor consists of five courses chosen from the following:

(A) At least two of EDUC 212 or EDUC 215 or EDUC 216; and (B) three electives to be chosen from of EDUC 102EDUC 110, EDUC 117, EDUC 213, EDUC 312EDUC 322EDUC 334EDUC 335, EDUC 340 or MIT 11.125 with possible substitution of no more than one of the courses listed in Courses for Credit Toward the Minor. No more than one 100-level education course may be included in the minor. At least one 300-level education course must be included in the minor. Note: Not all of these courses are offered every year; some may be limited to majors in these fields.