Minor Requirements

The Education Department offers two minors (but no major), one in Teaching and Learning Studies and one in Education Studies. We also offer Teacher Certification (Licensure), with or without a minor.

The minors offer opportunities to explore teaching and education, as a field of study or from the perspective of a classroom teacher. Students may choose to focus on urban education within either minor.  Teacher certification, which is transferable to most other states, allows you to teach right after graduation.

Early planning is preferable, but we will 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 certification. 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 may be done with or without teacher certification.  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. You may take courses on child literacy, social and emotional development, mathematical skills and concept learning, teaching English Language Learners, curriculum development, educational technology, and many other aspects of education.

Students who complete our full teacher certification program (Wellesley Teacher Scholars) are prepared to teach full-time upon graduation. Other students pursue a program with shorter internships and may decide to enroll in graduate school or alternative teacher certification programs or work in other education-related fields. We invite you to discuss with us the variety of courses, internships, and paths into teaching and careers in education. We will support your work in any of these paths even if you decide not to declare a minor.

Internships and certification are available for high school (grades 8-12), middle school (grades 5-8), or elementary school (grades 1-6) teaching.  Generally, the program requires some specified subject-matter courses in your teaching field along with five to seven education courses, two of which are student teaching (EDUC 303) and the accompanying seminar (EDUC 302).  Elementary Education Wellesley Teacher Scholars also receive training from Open Circle (in Social and Emotional Learning). Please contact Ken Hawes about middle school and high school programs and Noah Rubin about elementary education.

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).

Specific requirements for teacher certification are:

(A) one introductory course: either WRIT 114/EDUC 102 or EDUC 110 or EDUC 117 or EDUC 200 or EDUC 201 or EDUC 212 or EDUC 215 or EDUC 216 or EDUC 335, or PSYC 248 or PSYC 321 or MIT 11.124 or MIT 11.125 or other approved course; and

(B) arts and sciences coursework appropriate to the specific teaching field (please contact the department for details); and

(C) for middle or high school certification, EDUC 325, EDUC 300, EDUC 302, and EDUC 303.  


(C) for elementary certification, EDUC 310, EDUC 314, EDUC 302, EDUC 303, EDUC 304, and EDUC 305. We recommend that those doing elementary certification take EDUC 310 and EDUC 314 before their senior year. Please note: EDUC 310 and EDUC 314 must be completed by Wellesley Teacher Scholars before entering a full time practicum in the spring semester.

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.