Teaching and Learning Studies

The Teaching and Learning Studies Minor

The teaching and learning studies minor centers on understanding students’ processes of learning and development and on exploring the work of teaching, including creating and enacting school curriculum. Its underlying values are: relating to students, their cultures, and their communities with appreciation and care, acting to promote democracy and justice, and interweaving academic teaching with the growth and development of young people.  

Students may choose to prepare themselves for the teaching profession, one of the most rewarding and challenging of all professions, in collaboration with other talented, dedicated Wellesley students. Fieldwork, a part of most courses for the minor, will facilitate engagement with the many dimensions of teaching and work with students and will encourage learning through continual reflection and discussion.

The requirements below allow students to chart a meaningful path.  Faculty are available to support students through all stages of planning and decision-making.

The teaching and learning studies minor consists of five courses across two dimensions and chosen from the following:

  1. Students will take at one or two of the following courses that provide an introduction to the study of education: WRIT 114/EDUC 102, EDUC 110, EDUC 117, EDUC 200, EDUC 201, EDUC 212, EDUC 213, EDUC 214, EDUC 215, EDUC 216, EDUC 335, PSYC 248, PSYC 321, MIT 11.124, MIT 11.125 or other approved course;

  2. Students will take three or four of the following courses in pedagogy and the practice of teaching: EDUC 200, EDUC 201, EDUC 300, EDUC 302, EDUC 303, EDUC 304, EDUC 305, EDUC 310, EDUC 314, EDUC 322, EDUC 325, or PSYC 207 (or PSYC 208).

Teaching and learning studies advisors: Ken Hawes, Noah Rubin, and Diane Tutin