Program Information

Education Studies

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Contact: George Theoharis, 153 Huntington Hall, 315-443-5271 or gtheohar@syr.edu  

Education studies provide useful skills and experiences for students not enrolled in the School of Education, who go on to pursue careers in communication, business, science, or the arts. The minor in education is purposely broad in scope to allow students to accomplish any and all of the following objectives: (1) to explore education as a professional field of study, (2) to learn about issues in and the practice of education, (3) to prepare for graduate programs in education and related professional fields, and (4) to develop experience in direct work with children and adults through education and counseling.

The minor alone does not provide teacher certification. Students who want to complete prerequisites that will help them more expeditiously complete a master's degree in teaching, counseling, instructional development, or other related education fieIds should consult with a faculty advisor in education about their career plans. Students interested in teacher certification through an SU undergraduate program must enroll in one of the teaching preparation programs offered by the School of Education (in some cases with another SU college).

Course selection for the minor should be done in consultation with an advisor who is assigned based on the student's area of interest. The minor will consist of 18 credits, including general courses in education and several that are focused on a particular area of education. At least 12 credits must be 300 level or above.

A 2.5 grade point average is required for admittance to the minor.    

Core Requirements (minimum 6 credits):

Students must take two of the three course options in the core:

  • EDU 203 Introduction to Inclusive Schooling (3 credits) OR
  • EDU 304 The Study of Teaching (4 credits)
  • EDU 310 The American School (3 credits)

ElECTIVES (12 credits):

Note: These thematic groupings are suggested for advisement purposes. Students may, in consultation with an advisor, design an alternative program that better meets their interests. This might involve choosing from more than one cluster or select education courses not currently part of any cluster. Courses subject to availability and permission. 

Teaching and Learning 

  • CFE 362/662 Youth, Schooling, and Popular Culture (3 credits)
  • COU 585 General Counseling Methods (3 credits)
  • EDU 204 Principles of Learning in Inclusive Classrooms (4 credits) OR
  • EDU 303 Teaching and Learning for Inclusive Schooling (3 credits)
  • EDU 270, 470 Experience Credit (1-3 credits)
  • EDU 290, 490 Independent Study (1-3 credits)
  • PPE 177 Introduction to Physical Education (3 credits)
  • SED 522 Study of Social Studies (3 credits)

Exceptionality and Diversity

  • ASL 101 American Sign Language I (4 credits)
  • ASL 102 American Sign Language II (3 credits)
  • EDU 221 Education for Transformation (3 credits)
  • EDU 300 Relating to Peers With Disabilities (3 credits)
  • EDU 321 International Education for Transformation (3 credits)
  • SPE 311 Perspectives on Disabilities (3 credits)
  • CFE 444 Schooling and Diversity (3 credits)

Literacy and Language

  • RED 547 Children’s Literature (3 credits)
  • RED 300 Methods and Practice in Literacy Tutoring (3 credits)
  • RED 300 Tutoring English Language Overseas (3 credits)

Training and Technology

  • IDE 456 Computers as Critical Thinking Tools (3 credits)
  • IDE 552 Digital Media Production (3 credits)

Creative Arts

Consent of the instructor needed for these courses

  • AED 215 Foundations of Art Education (3 credits)
  • MUE 215 Foundations of Music Education  (3 credits)
  • EDU 431 Art in the Classroom (1 credit)
  • EDU 432 Music in the Classroom (1 credit)
  • EDU 433 Speech and Drama in the Classroom (1 credit)
  • EDU 434 Creative Movement for the Classroom (1 credit)