The education department offers two minors (but no major), one in Teacher Education 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 Teacher Education minor prepares students to teach in a variety of urban and suburban schools. Grounded in the liberal arts, students take introductory courses in educational philosophy, history, or policy, and do course work in curriculum, instruction, assessment, and specific methods for teaching reading and elementary school subjects or middle and high school subjects. Minors complete fieldwork, which may include tutoring and work in after school programs, and a teaching internship at an urban or suburban school.
The Teacher Education minor consists of:
(A) One of EDUC 102 or EDUC 110 or EDUC 117 or EDUC 200 or EDUC 201 or EDUC 212 or EDUC 215 orEDUC 216 or EDUC 335, or PSYC 248 or PSYC 321 or MIT 11.124 or MIT 11.125 or other approved course; (B) One of PSYC 207 or PSYC 208, and (C) EDUC 300, EDUC 302, and EDUC 303. For students seeking elementary certification, EDUC 304, EDUC 305, EDUC 310, and EDUC 314are required instead of EDUC 300. EDUC 325 is also required for high school or middle school certification. Certification through Wellesley is transferrable to other states.
The Education Studies minor allows students to extend their knowledge of education as a field of study. Students in Education Studies examine the origins of education and child welfare practices, the role of schools in society and communities, school reform, questions of educational theory or research, and the relation of education to social problems. Students of both urban education and education policy are highly recommended to participate in fieldwork at a school or tutoring program.
The Education Studies minor consists of five courses chosen from:
(A) two of EDUC 212 or EDUC 215 or EDUC 216; and (B) three of EDUC 102, EDUC 110,EDUC 117, EDUC 200, EDUC 308, EDUC 310, EDUC 312, EDUC 314, EDUC 325, EDUC 335, or MIT 11.125 with possible substitution of one of the courses listed in Courses for Credit Toward the Minor. Note: Not all of these courses are offered every year; some may be limited to majors in these fields. At least one 300-level education course must be included.