The six courses that constitute the minor in educational studies provide a basic knowledge of the teaching and learning process. This minor is recommended for anyone interested in teaching and other education-related careers. Besides the six courses required for the minor, the Department of Educational Studies offers several undergraduate electives. Students may apply for up to two course substitutions in the minor, substituting Educational Studies electives or other relevant coursework from other departments; contact the Educational Studies department chair for more information.
One or two courses completed at other institutions may be counted towards the Educational Studies minor. Students who transfer three or more courses from outside institutions, or whose transfer courses are only 3 credits or are lower-division while the SMCM equivalents are upper-division, may still complete the minor through substituting other education-related undergraduate courses. For information about transferring courses from other institutions, please contact the Educational Studies department chair.
Completion of the minor or equivalent course work is a pre-requisite for admission to the MAT, but does not guarantee that a student will be admitted to the program. There are also specific content courses required for teacher certification in Maryland. Students who are considering the MAT should meet with their advisor or an educational studies faculty member about course selection. For a complete list of these courses for each certification area, please contact the Educational Studies department chair.
Analyze the influence of various laws, policies, theories, historical events, and systemic structures on modern education.
Connect teaching and learning experiences to research and theory on cognition, development, motivation, language acquisition, and social interaction.
Articulate how dimensions of individual difference, classroom diversity, and principles of social justice intersect with teaching and learning events.