The Minor in Teaching allows students to select a focus on either elementary education (23 hours) or secondary education (20 hours) with a concentration on working with students with special needs or who are English language learners. Completion of the minor fulfills the prerequisites for admission to the M.A.T. program; however, prerequisites can be fulfilled with select coursework outside of the minor (see M.A.T. prerequisites). The minor is designed for students who are preparing to become teachers or who are interested in teaching English abroad or pursuing service opportunities such as the Peace Corps or City Year.

Requirements for the minor

I. Core Courses for the Minor: (6 hours)
Course ID Course Title
EDUC-1331 Understanding Learners with Exceptionalities in School and Society
EDUC-3320 Child and Adolescent Development Worldwide


II. Plus two courses in either English as a Second Language (ESL) or Special Education:

A. ESL Concentration: (6 hours)

Course ID Course Title
EDUC-3344 Teaching in the Bilingual Classroom
EDUC-3345 Principles and Practices for Teaching English Learners


B. Special Education Concentration: (6 hours)

Course ID Course Title
EDUC-3332 Reading Difficulties with Diverse Populations
EDUC-3330 Instructional Design & Practice for Student Achievement


III. Students will then select either the Elementary or Secondary Pathway:

A. Elementary Pathway: (11 required hours)

Course ID Course Title
EDUC-2201 Practicum: Early Childhood Teaching Exploration
EDUC-3301 Field Seminar in Elementary Literacy
EDUC-3341 Teaching Science in Elementary School
EDUC-3351 Mathematics in Elementary School


B. Secondary Pathway: (8 required hours)

Course ID Course Title
EDUC-2202 Practicum: Secondary Teaching Exploration
EDUC-3302 Secondary Field Seminar


Plus 3 additional hours of electives from among the following courses:

Course ID Course Title
EDUC-4102 Secondary Advanced Field Seminar (up to 3 hours of credit allowed)
EDUC-1310 Seminar on Urban Education Policy and Practice
EDUC-4338 Teaching Reading in Secondary Schools
EDUC-3342 Teaching Science and Mathematics in Secondary Schools
HIST-3388 Methods of Instruction in History

Other ESL or Special Education courses not taken for the concentration (above)

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