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Education Studies

Undergraduate Non-licensure Programs in Education Studies

The four-year non-licensure Education Studies program focuses on education as discipline within the liberal arts. Courses in Education Studies investigate topics within the sociology of education, the political economy of schools, theories of learning and development, as well as cultural, historical and philosophical studies in education. Both a major and minor in Education Studies are offered, as outlined below.


Requirements for a major

Education Studies

Total courses required Ten
Core courses EDUC 170, EDUC 222, EDUC 223, EDUC 480, EDUC 490
Other required courses Five additional courses in Education Studies, three of which must be at the 300-level.
Number 300 and 400 level courses Five
Senior requirement and capstone experience The capstone experience in the Department of Education Studies is the senior seminar (EDUC 490). Students engage in a half semester of common readings determined by the seminar faculty member and then select and complete an individual, empirical project. This original research is the subject of a 25-35 page thesis and a final presentation. Students must earn a grade of C or higher to successfully meet the senior requirement.
Recent changes in major This major was created in March 2005. In October 2008 it was revised to require 10 courses in Education Studies. Previously, it had required eight Education Studies courses and two from an associated department. Students enrolled prior to October 2008 may follow either the old or the new major requirements.
Writing in the Major The Education Studies department distributes the writing requirement across all existing courses, such that majors and minors have many opportunities to develop and refine their writing skills. . A student will complete the Writing in the Major requirement for Education Studies when he/she successfully completes the following courses with a grade of C+ or higher: EDUC 170, EDUC 222, EDUC 223, EDUC 480, EDUC 490.

Requirements for a minor

Education Studies

Total courses required Five
Core courses EDUC 170, EDUC 222, EDUC 223
Other required courses Two additional courses in Education Studies, at least one of which must be at the 300 level.
Number 300 and 400 level courses One

Courses in Education Studies

EDUC 170

Foundations of Education

(includes field experience) Establishes a liberal arts foundation for teacher preparation with an emphasis on community/school relationships. Explores major philosophical, historical, and sociological points of view in contemporary American education and their influence on educational decisions and systems. Field experience is required, and students should register for lab time concurrently. May not be taken pass/fail.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Social Sciences 1 course

EDUC 180

Understanding Diverse Classrooms

(includes field experience) Explores the cultural foundations of American education and examines the challenge to the schooling process presented by cultural diversity. Focuses on the existing definitions of knowledge, learning, cultural assimilation, the distribution of power and academic achievement. Field experience is required and students should register for lab time concurrently. May not be taken pass/fail. Open only to Music Education students.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1/2 course

EDUC 222

Developmental Theories in Education

(includes field experience) Provides students with an understanding of the principles of psychology as they apply to P-12+ education. Projects and discussions focus on the application of such topics as: human development, learning theories, instructional theories, student differences, student motivation, and evaluation in educational settings. Field experience is required and students should register for lab time concurrently. May not be taken pass/fail.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Social Sciences 1 course

EDUC 223

Deconstructing Difference: Education and Society

Investigates the cultural foundations of American Education and examines the challenges that issues of cultural and cognitive differences pose to the learning process. Focuses on existing definitions of knowledge, identity, community, inclusion, equity and the distribution of power. Field experience is required and students should register for lab time concurrently. May not be taken pass/fail.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Social Sciences 1 course

EDUC 240

Issues and Trends in Education

Examination of the education process and its bilateral relationship with society in both historical and sociological terms. Attitudes and values developed as a result of research in both education and sociology are stressed. May not be taken pass/fail.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1 course

EDUC 280

Contexts of Schooling in the United States

Investigates how and why schooling in the U.S. is failing to serve the academic needs of many low-income students and students of color. Explores the wide variety of schooling and unschooling contexts available to K-12 students in the U.S. Examines the ways in which the available forms of schooling respond to the needs of the communities where they are located. A strong emphasis is placed on deconstructing the various contexts of schooling in the U.S. through critical engagement with the course material and field experiences. Provides opportunities for students to become more informed decision makers about school related issues and recognize ways to enhance the quality of education available to all students in the U.S. May not be taken pass/fail.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1 course

EDUC 290

Topics

Assorted topics related to the field of education and education-related issues. May be repeated with different topics for credit. May not be taken pass/fail.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1/2-1 course

EDUC 305

The American High School: Anatomy of an Educational Institution

Examines the American high school, a school that has been described as the 'icon' of American education from multiple perspectives: architectural, historical, institutional, organizational, and as a reform element in American education. To frame our examination of the American high school as an institution, students conduct a major research project which involves the life story of a current, mid-career high school teacher. May not be taken pass/fail.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1 course

EDUC 311

Critical Multiculturalism

Explores the cultural foundations of American education and examines the challenge to the schooling process, presented by cultural diversity. Focuses on the existing definitions of knowledge, learning, cultural assimilation, the distribution of power and academic achievement. Particular attention is paid to school policy and the system as a site of political and cultural contestation. Prerequisite: EDUC 223 highly recommended. May not be taken pass/fail.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
EDUC 223 highly recommended 1 course

EDUC 320

Education and Social Change

Examines issues related to the school's function as a catalyst for social change. Analyzes the school's role in the reformation of society and formation of attitudes and behaviors, and determination of outcomes. May not be taken pass/fail.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1 course

EDUC 322

Thinking, Learning, and Ways of Knowing in Education

What factors affect one's cognitive ability? How has our understanding of cognition and intelligence changed in recent times? Can cognitive/intellectual development be enhanced with specific parenting and instructional techniques? How does one's ways of knowing change over time? These are but four of the questions that are addressed in this course. Issues related to thinking, understanding, and intellectual development will be explored from early childhood through adulthood. Recent research and current thought in the field will be analyzed and debated to try to gain insights into these issues as they relate to themes of social justice and equity, critical thinking, and leadership in education. Prerequisite: EDUC 222 highly recommended. May not be taken pass/fail.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
EDUC 222 highly recommended 1 course

EDUC 325

History of American Education

Explores the purposes and practices of American education as they are reflected in the documentary history of formal education from colonial times to the present. Cultivates an understanding of the evolving contexts within which American traditions of education evolved, developed, and became institutionalized over time. May not be taken pass/fail.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1 course

EDUC 330

Comparative Education

A socio-cultural comparative view of education in different social contexts. Investigates the impact of economic, social, cultural and political factors upon schooling in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas. Prerequisite: it is strongly advised that students have taken EDUC 240 or a course in sociology, anthropology, economics, political science or geography. May not be taken pass/fail.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
It is strongly advised that students have taken EDUC 240 or a course in sociology, anthropology, economics, political science or geography. 1 course

EDUC 331

School Discipline: Practices, Issues and Trends

School discipline is a topic of major interest and concern among parents, principals, teachers, school boards and even state legislatures. This course explores the nature of school discipline problems, including its symptoms, causes and ways that schools respond. The course also examines the role that schools themselves play in 'causing' such problems, as well as the impact of social and political forces. Theory and current research on school discipline are reviewed in an attempt to seek alternative discipline responses. May not be taken pass/fail.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1 course

EDUC 332

Artistic Dimensions of Teaching

Explores the artistic dimensions of teaching and examines the relationships between teaching and performing as art forms. Topics such as creativity, attitude, perception and intuition are covered. Unique parallels are drawn between classrooms and other educational settings and theater, with a specific focus on the teacher role. Activities include pantomime, role playing and oral interpretation as vehicles to improve self-confidence, voice and positive approaches to the nuances of the classroom. May not be taken pass/fail.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1 course

EDUC 350

Women in Education

Women in Education is an interdisciplinary discussion of how girls and women have affected and been influenced by K-12 schooling and post-secondary education over the last 125 years. Drawing on the fields of education studies, sociology, women's studies, and history, we will examine areas such as the rise of co-education, the feminization of teaching, 'feminine' learning styles, and the impact of race, ethnicity, sexuality, and social class on women¿s aspirations, interactions, and experiences within learning institutions. Prerequisite: W S 140 or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with W S 355.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Social Sciences W S 140 or permission of instructor 1 course

EDUC 355

Education Process

Examines the impact of education upon our culture within the dynamics of social change. May not be taken pass/fail.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1 course

EDUC 360

The Political Economy of Schools

The term 'political economy' refers to the fusion of the interests of political and economic elites. The course establishes an economic context for the analysis of current reform initiatives and investigates claims in the literature and in policy about the performance of schools and the privileging of training over education. Examines the claim that economic imperatives have shaped and re-named the world, including the school, and have turned education into a production process. May not be taken pass/fail.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1 course

EDUC 362

Education Reform

Investigates the educational reports, agendas, initiatives and debates that have had an impact on American schools since 1978. Involves the critical analysis of present school systems, as well as the changes expected from reform proposals. May not be taken pass/fail.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1 course

EDUC 390

Topics in Education Studies

Detailed study of theoretical and policy topics and issues related to education studies. May be repeated for credit with different topics. May not be taken pass/fail.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1 course

EDUC 399

Deschooling: Rediscovering the Joy of Learning

Examines what lifelong learning might look like at various life stages. Students will design and implement a personal learning project based on their individual needs and interests. Through their experience with self-directed learning, students will explore ways to improve the quality of schooling and will begin to view learning as a journey, not a destination. Prerequisite: EDUC 170 highly recommended.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
EDUC 170 highly recommended 1

EDUC 405

John Dewey and Progressive Education

Examines the major writings and impact of America's foremost educational philosopher John Dewey and the educational reform that has come to be known as Progressive Education. Roughly set in the period 1890-1920, this examination focuses on the transformation of American schools from traditional enclaves of narrow curricular offerings and formulaic teaching to classrooms that focused upon experimental curricula and child-centered teaching characterized by student action and engagement. May not be taken pass/fail.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1 course

EDUC 410

Historical Perspectives on American Curriculum Reform

Examines the historical development of school curricula within American public education. Focuses upon major curriculum reform efforts in the United States and historical interpretations of these reform efforts through the examination of original documents and other interpretive sources. May not be taken pass/fail.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1 course

EDUC 411

Directed Study

Independent study. Prerequisite: by permission of instructor. May not be taken pass/fail.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Permission of instructor 1 course

EDUC 412

Directed Study

Independent study. Prerequisite: by permission of instructor. May not be taken pass/fail.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Permission of instructor 1 course

EDUC 415

American Public School Law

Explores the legal framework and governance of public education in the United States and court decisions and legal issues affecting the schools, school personnel, parents and students. Current and historical legal issues are examined including those involving the instructional program; student rights involving speech, expression, and privacy; students with disabilities; discrimination; the rights of parents; and teacher rights and freedoms. May not be taken pass/fail.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1 course

EDUC 425

Projects in Education

A systematic exploration of projects reflecting issues and concerns in education. Focuses on students in collaboration with faculty examining research, application, adaptation and implementation. May be offered with a specific research topic. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. May not be taken pass/fail.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Permission of instructor 1 course

EDUC 426

Projects in Education

A systematic exploration of projects reflecting issues and concerns in education. Focuses on students in collaboration with faculty examining research, application, adaptation and implementation. May be offered with a specific research topic. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. May not be taken pass/fail.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Permission of instructor 1 course

EDUC 480

Methods of Educational Research

A hands-on exploration of the research process, with particular focus on educational issues. Examines the important connections between theory, research, and practice; ethics; research design; data analysis; interpretation; and the writing of research. Draws on published research from the social sciences and education to illuminate best methodological practice. May not be taken pass/fail.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1 course

EDUC 490

Education Studies Senior Seminar

The capstone course in the major and an independent study experience that is guided by the instructor and informed by the peer community. Involves the development and completion of a significant research and writing project that serves to extend and advance the ideas that define the citizen educator, the skilled practitioner, and the transformative intellectual. May not be taken pass/fail.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1 course