2021-2022 Edition

Academic Catalog

Education Studies Minor

Introduction

The Education Studies Minor is designed to help students acquire a deeper understanding of education and its relationship to society. Through a range of courses across the curriculum, students look critically and analytically at educational institutions, practices, and thinking, from early childhood through adulthood, using local, national, and global lenses. Foundation courses provide a theoretical background on philosophy, history, and psychology of education. Further requirements empower students with the knowledge, tools, and skills for analyzing different aspects of education, on topics such as human development and cognition, pedagogy and curriculum, and sociocultural approaches to the study of education. Students complete a methods course relevant to education studies as well as a practicum experience to gain hands-on experience complementing their academic work.

Admission to the Minor

Students intending to minor in Education Studies should submit a minor request through their WesPortal.  It is best to do this as early as possible so that you can receive e-mails and updates about the minor that will help you with academic planning.  Students who declare at the canonical time (spring of sophomore year) should simultaneously enroll in EDST101, the Sophomore Gateway Course, which will be taught in the second half of spring term (4th quarter) every year. 

Minor Requirements

Students must take a minimum of 5 credits plus a practicum experience equivalent to at least .5 credit. Some courses can count toward different requirements, but students need to choose which requirement is being fulfilled by which course: an individual student cannot use the same course to fulfill multiple requirements toward the Minor.

Students can use the same course to fulfill requirements in two academic programs (for example, a cross-listed course in ITAL and EDST could count toward both the EDST Minor and the ITST Major), if that is acceptable to the other department. 

These are the requirements for the Minor in Education Studies:

  1. Sophomore Gateway (.5 credit)
  2. Foundations of Education: schools in society/ed psych/social reproductions (1 credit)
  3. Category 1: Cognition, Development, & Science of Learning (1 credit)
  4. Category 2: Social and Structural Analyses of Education (1 credit)
  5. Category 3: Research Methods & Data Analysis (1 credit)
  6. Practicum (.5 credit or equivalent)
  7. Pedagogy (.5 credit)

The courses may be completed in any order consistent with their prerequisites.  

Listing of all approved courses that fulfill requirements for the Education Studies Minor

Students can always petition to substitute a different course to meet any Education Studies requirements by completing this petition form. The petition form asks students to justify the substitution and to upload a syllabus or other supporting information. Students will be notified if their petition requests are approved. Once approved, students can request the override in their Minor or Major Certification page in WesPortal.

Courses that have specific prerequisites that must first be completed are indicated with an asterisk. 

Foundations Course

Students must take one foundational course in Education Studies that broadly covers the field.

Foundations (1 credit)
EDST230Schools in Society (Foundations)1
PSYC/EDST253Educational Psychology1
SOC/FGSS244Feminist and Queer Theories of Social Reproduction1

Breadth Courses

Students must take one course in each of three core areas of Education Studies. There are multiple options across the curriculum for each category.

Category 1: Cognition, Development, & Science of Learning (1+ credits)Minimum of 1
NS&B/BIOL/PSYC356Neurodevelopmental Disorders *1
PSYC206Research Methods in Cognitive Development and Education *1
PSYC/NS&B220Cognitive Psychology *1
PSYC/NS&B221Human Memory *1
PSYC/NS&B222Sensation and Perception *1
PSYC/NS&B225Cognitive Neuroscience *1
PSYC230Developmental Psychology *1
PSYC245Psychological Measurement1
PSYC248Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood *1
PSYC253Educational Psychology1
PSYC271Life-Span Development *1
PSYC311Children's Learning from Media1
PSYC320Cognition, Learning, and Instruction in the Classroom1
PSYC328Current Research in Early Childhood1
PSYC/NS&B341Psychology of Human Memory1
PSYC355Psychology of Reading1
PSYC388Advanced Research in Measurement *1
WRCT/EDST140L/ENGL143LTeaching English to Speakers of Other Languages1
Category 2: Social and Structural Analyses of Education (1+ credits)Minimum of 1
AMST241/ENGL235Childhood in America1
CHUM/AMST/EDST358Fugitive Perspectives on Education and Civil Society1
CSPL341Topics in Education, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship: Transformative Practices in School Reforms1
CSPL341BTopics in Education, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship: Social Entreprenurship in Education1
CSPL341CEntrepreneurship in Education: Past, Present, and Future1
CSPL341DTopics in Education, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship: A Law and Policy Perspective1
CSPL341ETopics in Education: Introduction to Educational Law, Policy, and Educational Reform1
DANC341Dance Teaching Workshop: The Embodied Practice of Knowing1
ECON213/AMST274Economics of Wealth and Poverty *1
EDST110FWriting about Teaching: An Exploration of American Educational Ideals through Writing and Film (FYS)1
EDST221Decolonizing Education1
EDST221ZDecolonizing Education1
EDST230Schools in Society1
EDST/CSPL341GCase Studies in Educational Innovation and Entrepreneurship1
EDST345Education Technology - Sociological Perspectives & Implications.5
EDST355The Long Struggle: Examining New Perspectives on Education Reform1
GOVT/EDST342Questioning Authority: On the Politics of the Teacher-Student Relationship1
PSYC253Educational Psychology1
RELI/EDST/SISP373Religion, Science, and Empire: Crucible of a Globalized World1
SISP/EDST/SOC350Sociology of Knowledge1
SOC399M/EDST399/FGSS311Abolitionist University Studies 1
WRCT/EDST114FWhy You Can't Write (FYS)1
WRCT205/AMST227/EDST205English Language Learners and US Language Policy1
Category 3: Research Methods & Data Analysis (1 credit)Minimum of 1
ECON300Quantitative Methods in Economics *1.25
ECON385Econometrics *1
MATH132Elementary Statistics1
PSYC200Statistics: An Activity-Based Approach *1
PSYC202Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology *1
PSYC206Research Methods in Cognitive Development and Education *1
PSYC207Research Methods in Developmental Psychology *1
PSYC/NS&B210Research Methods in Cognition *1
PSYC213Research Methods in Social Psychology *1
PSYC388Advanced Research in Measurement *1
QAC/GOVT201/NS&B280/PSYC280Applied Data Analysis1
QAC/GOVT201Z/NS&B280Z/PSYC280ZApplied Data Analysis1
RELI/ANTH395The Anthropology of Religion1

Pedagogy & Practicum

Students must complete two aspects of a practicum experience: pedagogy and practice. 

  • Students must take a minimum .5 credit course focused on pedagogy; there are several .5 and 1 credit courses with this focus offered at Wesleyan. Pedagogy courses are listed below. 

  • Students must also complete a teaching practicum/in-school experience with a minimum of 20 hours of student contact. The practicum experience does not need to be credit-bearing, as long as the 20 hour requirement is met.

  • Students can meet both the pedagogy and practicum portions of the requirement separately, or they can meet them with a single 1-credit course (i.e., a service learning course that provides 20 hours of student contact and covers elements of pedagogy). Apart from service-learning courses, many options exist to fulfill the practicum requirement through JCCP programs, summer programs, teaching apprenticeships, and internships while studying abroad. Some ideas are listed below. 

  • If the practicum experience is something other than one of the approved courses listed below, the experience must be fully documented with 20 hours of student contact. Contact Practicum Coordinator Amy Grillo (agrillo@wesleyan.edu) for more information about fulfilling this category.

Pedagogy (.5 credit)
ASTR430Seminar on Astronomical Pedagogy *.25
CSPL277Community Impact: Building Capacity to Support Educational Enrichment and Socioemotional Development.5
DANC341Dance Teaching Workshop: The Embodied Practice of Knowing1
EDST210/IDEA209Educational Gaming Lab: Project-Based, Game-Based Pedagogy Approaches.5
EDST310Practicum in Education Studies1
EDST311Community Impact Practicum: Building Capacity to Support Educational Enrichment 1
ITAL220Italian Gaming Lab: Project-Based, Gameful Pedagogy for Language Learning (CLAC.50) *.5
MUSC463Teaching Music Lessons to Children in Local Schools1
PSYC328Current Research in Early Childhood1
PSYC355Psychology of Reading1
QAC301Statistics Education Practicum1
RL&L221The Pedagogy of Second Language Teaching and Learning.5
RL&L/EDST223Second Language Acquisition and Teaching1
WRCT/EDST140L/ENGL143LTeaching English to Speakers of Other Languages1
WRCT/EDST201Learning to Write1
WRCT/EDST202Pedagogy for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Tutors .5
WRCT/EDST400Ford Seminar.5
Practicum Courses or Experiences20 hours
CHEM241Informal Science Education for Elementary School Students I1
CHEM/MB&B242Informal Science Education for Elementary School Students II1
DANC447Dance Teaching Practicum.5
EDST310Practicum in Education Studies1
EDST311Community Impact Practicum: Building Capacity to Support Educational Enrichment 1
MUSC463Teaching Music Lessons to Children in Local Schools1
PSYC328Current Research in Early Childhood1
PSYC355Psychology of Reading1
QAC301Statistics Education Practicum1
RL&L/EDST223Second Language Acquisition and Teaching1
RL&L/EDST223LSecond Language Acquisition & Pedagogy - Teaching Romance Languages1
WRCT/EDST140L/ENGL143LTeaching English to Speakers of Other Languages1
WRCT/EDST202Pedagogy for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Tutors .5
WRCT/EDST400Ford Seminar.5
Examples of a practicum experience include:
Tutoring in a school setting for 10h per week for a semester or 5h per week for two semesters, designing a tutorial on education with a service-learning component in a school, or developing an internship in a school.
Serving as a Teaching Apprentice for an introductory course (e.g., first year foreign language or gateway science or social science course).
Student teaching at the Bank Street School of Education (Urban Education Semester).
Teaching in an intensive summer program (Breakthrough, Summerbridge, CTY) and providing a letter confirming completion from the program.