Education Studies Minor

Are you considering a graduate degree in teacher education?  Do you have an interest in understanding the broader issues of education as they relate to other fields?  Are you passionate about the potential of education to change lives and contribute to a more socially just and equitable society?

The Education Studies Minor may be a good fit for you!

The Education Studies Minor allows undergraduate students to tailor an 18- to 20-credit program to their unique interests, which may include P-12 schooling, higher education, education policy or law, community-based learning initiatives, and more. In keeping with the mission and vision of the Education Department of Ithaca College, a focus on education as a vehicle for social justice will be emphasized across the program. The sequence includes core courses in educational psychology and the social and cultural foundations of education. Working closely with an advisor from the Education Department, students select at least 11 credits of additional courses from approved options to fulfill the minor. Following initial coursework, in the junior or senior year, students take the Capstone in Education Studies (EDUC 49600), a seminar in which they synthesize key understandings from across their programmatic curriculum. The minor provides academic and practical experience as preparation for employment, for graduate study, or for active participation in civic life.

As an Education Studies minor, by the end of your program you will:

  • be able to describe developmental and sociocultural contexts that impact education, including how history, institutional practices, and circumstances impact educational equity.
  • demonstrate understandings of the historical and present structures of education and the significance of schools as a cultural institution within a larger system of power.
  • demonstrate understandings of the developmental stages of children and adolescents, of a variety of models of cognition, and of how each of these can be connected to effective teaching and learning.
  • demonstrate an understanding of the ways learners’ personal, family, and community assets and cultural norms can be accessed and should be used to foster educational equity.
  • know how to share something you have accomplished with others and to think of service as related to the active promotion of social justice.

Choose your plan

All minors in Education Studies are required to take the same three core courses: EDUC 21010 Educational Psychology, EDUC 34000 Social and Cultural Foundations of Education, and EDUC 49600 Capstone in Education Studies. In addition, working closely with an advisor from the Education Department, students select at least 11 credits of additional courses from approved options to fulfill the minor. 

Students interested in educational issues, but not necessarily to become classroom teachers, may choose from a wide variety of approved Education Minor courses within the Education Department and across the college. A sample list of these courses can be found here or on the online catalog.  They include courses in Anthropology, the Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity, Mathematics, Sociology, Psychology, Women's and Gender Studies, Health, English, Communication Studies, Philosophy, Politics, as well as Education.  

Interested in applying to a graduate program in teacher education? 

Students interested in preparing for graduate study leading to teacher certification are advised to meet with the Chair of Graduate Programs in EducationDr. Peter Martin, to prepare for admission to graduate programs in teacher education, including programs here at IC that lead to elementary teacher certification (grades 1-6) and secondary teacher certification (grades 7-12) -- the M.S. in Childhood Education and the M.A.T. in Adolescence Education. You will determine, in consultation with your advisor, which courses best help prepare you for you next-step goals.

Please note: Minoring in Education Studies does not automatically fulfill prerequisites for admission to Ithaca College graduate programs in education. Meeting with the Chair of Graduate Programs in Education is essential to plan an undergraduate pathway leading towards successful admission into graduate school.

 Want to learn more?

Schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. Nia Nunn, Associate Professor, Department of Education.
Visit the Education Department Suite, 194 Phillips Hall (located between Campus Bookstore and Career Services)

Course Catalog for Education Studies

Click here to view the Education Studies Minor program requirements.

Ready to Register for the Education Studies Minor?

In order to begin the process of adding the Education Studies Minor, please submit a Change of Minor form with the Registrar's Office, and schedule an appointment with Dr. Nia Nunn, Associate Professor, Department of Education.