Advising Handbook 2023-2024 
    Jul 21, 2024  
Advising Handbook 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education Studies

Education Studies
Academic Bulletin

Area of Study: Interdisciplinary Studies
Program: Minor

Education Studies is an Interdisciplinary Studies minor designed to prepare students interested in the field of Education. As an interdisciplinary studies minor, Education Studies may be combined with any other Major program in the curriculum.

When advising these students, please note:
Education Studies is a 24-credit minor that requires the following:

  • EDUC 100: Introduction to Education Studies
  • A Culture & Education, Practice, or Policy (“CEPP”) course (check the 2023-24 Academic Bulletin for the list)
  • EDUC 543 and 544: Internship Seminar (2 credits each; designed to be taken in consecutive semesters. Both courses must be taken)
  • Three Electives (12 credits) from the following list. Note that one must be at the 300-level:
    • EDUC 215: Foundations of Special Education
    • EDUC 216: Teaching English Language Learners
    • EDUC/COMJ 310: Multicultural Education
    • EDUC 320: Advanced Topics in Education Studies
    • EDUC 325: Education Methods and Design
    • ENVSC 250: Environmental Education
    • MATH 135: Elementary School Mathematics
    • PSYCH 106: Educational Psychology

(Courses marked with an asterisk have a prerequisite)

Please note:

  • EDUC 100 is not a prerequisite for ENVSC 250, MATH 135, and PSYCH 106
  • A student’s choice of electives will be shaped by his/her post-graduate plans (that is, whether the student is pursuing early childhood education, elementary education, secondary education, or education policy).
  • NOTE: we have reserved seats in EDUC 100 (in both sections)for incoming first-year students. If necessary, we will open a Spring ‘23 section for first-year students considering Education Studies.

Suggested Schedule for the Education Studies Minor:

  1st Semester (Fall) 2nd Semester (Spring) Notes
First Year EDUC 100 or
CE/P/P Requirement

EDUC 100 or 

EDUC 100 may also be taken in the sophomore year
Sophomore  Elective Elective  
Junior EDUC 543 EDUC 544 Take in consecutive semesters (can also be taken in senior year)
Senior 300-level Elective   300-level elective may be taken at any time after completion of EDUC 100

Important: Teacher Preparation Programs (4-1)

Allegheny students interested in pursuing a career in education can earn teacher certification and a Master’s degree at one of Allegheny’s partner institutions University of Pittsburgh, or Xavier University (Cincinnati, OH), or at any of a number of 1-year masters/certification programs across the country. (Previous graduates have attended the University of Michigan, UPenn, Ohio State, and The University of Chicago, to name a few.) In preparation for these programs, students complete four years at Allegheny with a major and a minor in academic disciplines and then complete their teacher preparation at the graduate level at one of these graduate programs. Applicants to the programs must maintain a minimum overall grade point average while at Allegheny and meet the admission requirements of each graduate school. Thus, a student may need to complete additional coursework while at Allegheny to fulfill those admission requirements. Students who are interested in any of these programs should contact Jennifer Franz, Education Studies Program Coordinator, early in their academic careers for information about graduate institution requirements. For additional advising in Education Studies, students should also contact Prof. Franz.