Our students are committed to transforming lives, educating learners of all ability levels, and reaching students at a young age to set them on a pathway to success.

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Students in our Education minor are constant innovators, dedicated researchers, and promoters of social justice.

With a focus on evidence-based best practices, this minor provides the skills you need to meet the needs of all students in your classroom.

Foundation 8 credits required

EDUC 156 Schools in an Era of Change 4
EDUC 253 Critical Issues in Education 4
EDUC 350 Independent Study 4
EDUC 388 Fieldwork in Education 0

Note: EDUC 156 & EDUC 253 require fieldwork in schools.

Electives (12 required credits)

Choose 3 courses (12 credits) from the following courses in consultation with the Education Minor Advisor. The three must be spread across Content, Context, and Pedagogy. Students may substitute Colleges of the Fenway (COF) courses with approval of their Education Minor Advisor.


CHL 313 Survey Literature for Children and Young Adults 4
HIST 100 World History I 4
HIST 101 World History II 4
HIST 140 Early American History 4
HIST 210 African American Experience 4
MATH 115 Number Systems and Algebra for Elementary School Teachers 4
MATH 116 Geometry & Data Analysis for Elementary School Teachers 4
PHYS 103 Great Discoveries in Science 4
PHYS 105 Science and Technology in the Everyday World: The Way Things Work 4
POLS 101 Introduction to American Politics 4

ART: A course in Art selected with the approval of the Education Minor Advisor.

ENGLISH:  A course in literature selected with the approval of the Education Minor Advisor.

Or a content course with the approval of the Education Minor Advisor.


EDUC 344 Special Education Law 2
EDUC 345 Individualized Educational Program: Strategies for Development, Interpretation, and Implementation 2
EDUC 346 Learners With Special Needs 4
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychological Science 4
SOCI 249 Inequalities 4

AFRICANA STUDIES: A course in Africana Studies selected with the approval of the Education Minor Advisor.

Or a course approved by the Education Minor Advisor.


EDUC 341 Creating & Caring Classroom Community 4
EDUC 364* Reading Methods 4
EDUC 367* Math Methods 4

Or a course selected with guidance from the Education Minor Advisor, perhaps via COF.

* Note: EDUC 341, EDUC 364, and EDUC 367 require fieldwork in schools.

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Janet Chumley

  • Associate Professor of Practice and Director of Education On-Campus Programs