Important Considerations

Important Considerations to the Education Studies Major:

  • Advising is a central element of the education studies major. In consultation with an advisor, students will develop a well-structured and coherent course plan. Students may choose, but are not required, to outline an area of concentration, with an advisor’s support, within the major such as education policy, urban education, or bilingual/bicultural education. Given the wide variety in student interest and the diversity in education coursework, there are many possibilities.

  • Students must complete a minimum of two 300-level courses taught within the education department. Courses satisfying the 300-level requirement include those on the Education Research and Theory list as well as those on the Curriculum and Teaching Courses list. These courses may include the capstone seminars, other 300-level education courses, and 360/370 (counting as one course for this purpose).

  • Students may take EDUC 250 or 350 (Research or Individual Study), but only one unit of independent study may be counted towards the major. EDUC 350 courses may not be used to fulfill the minimum requirement that two education courses be at the 300-level. 

  • Students may choose to take up to three additional courses from the Curriculum and Teaching list. These courses allow students both to develop themselves as teachers and to examine leading educational issues as a direct participant in actual classroom contexts, giving them a perspective that can be obtained in no other way.

  • Students may choose to take up to three education electives taught outside the department. Education electives are courses offered outside the department that provide important context for the study of education and/or integrate discussion of educational issues into the course.