Undergraduate Minor in Education


Students who matriculated prior to Spring 2020

All current students who matriculated into the university prior to Spring 2020 may continue following the old Education minor curriculum, which consists of six courses (minimum 18 credits): one course in each of the four categories (foundation, social justice, human development and pedagogy) and two elective courses. At least six credits must be taken at the 300+ level. Please refer to the curriculum sheet for course options. No courses outside of the Education minor approved curriculum at UMass Amherst will be considered, including independent studies, transfer credit and study abroad courses. All courses must be taken for credit.  To track your progress in the Education Minor, please use the education minor tracking sheet.

To declare, please fill drop off the declaration form along with a copy of your unofficial transcript to the Education Advising Center (Furcolo 120) once you are in your final minor course.

As of Spring 2020, all newly matriculated students will follow the new Education minor detailed below.

New Education Minor Curriculum

Open to any current UMass student

(Required for all students who matriculated Spring 2020 and beyond)

 

All students who matriculated into the university beginning Spring 2020 will follow the new Education minor curriculum, which consists of six courses (minimum 18 credits): EDUC101, 2 courses in domain 1- Teaching and Learning (one of the two must be a Methods course); one course in domain 2- Issues, Trends, and Research in Education, and two courses in domain 3- Social Justice and Communication. At least nine credits must be taken at the 300+ level. Please refer to the curriculum sheet for course options. No courses outside of the Education minor approved curriculum at UMass Amherst will be considered, including independent studies, transfer credit and study abroad courses. All courses must be taken for credit.  To track your progress in the Education Minor, please use the education minor tracking sheet. 

 

To declare, please fill drop off the declaration form along with a copy of your unofficial transcript to the Education Advising Center (Furcolo 120) once you are in your final minor course.  

Required Foundational Course

  • EDUC 101: Intro to Education

Domain 1: Teaching and Learning (select 2 courses):

  • Articulate and integrate multiple perspectives and theories about what constitutes effective learning and teaching practices

  • Identify and develop effective practices in educational planning & delivery and assessment of learning

  • Explore the dynamics of instruction, assessment, and social justice

Course Number Class Title
HUMDEV 270
Child Development
EDUC 490C Curriculum Development
EDUC 306 Educational Psychology
EDUC 325 Introduction to Special Education
EDUC 390F Teaching and Learning with Technology
EDUC 425 Classroom Assessment
EDUC 497I Tutoring in Schools
CHOOSE ONE METHODS COURSE ONLY TO APPLY TOWARDS THE MINOR:
EDUC 378 Survey of Children’s Literature
EDUC 461/482E Reading and Language Arts Methods
EDUC 462 Teaching Science in Elementary School
EDUC 463 Principles and Methods of Teaching Math in the Elementary School
EDUC 497TM Principle and Methods of Mathematics 4th – 12th Grade
EDUC 497D Creative Arts for Young Children
EDUC 524 Work of the Middle and High School Teacher

 

Domain 2: Issues, Trends, and Research in Education [Select 1 course]

  • Explore and integrate multiple sources of information/data to draw conclusions/answer questions about education

  • Critically evaluate sources of information about education

  • Examine issues/trends in education through a critical social justice lens EDUC 225

Course Number Class Title
EDUC 225 Contemporary Issues in Education
EDUC 351 Social Foundations of Education
EDUC 390A Research Methods 
EDUC 494RI Educational Issues in the Real World Context
EDUC 494DI Making Sense of Educational Data

Domain 3: Social Justice and Communication [Select 2 courses]

  • Articulate the ways in which power, oppression and difference create injustice across multiple contexts

  • Develop awareness of self/others’ personal and social identities 

  • Develop awareness of implicit biases, and recognize/discuss/explain how these have been shaped by power relations within social contexts 

  • Develop core communications skills that support difficult conversations

Course Number

Class Title
EDUC 115 Embracing Diversity
EDUC 167 Education and Film
EDUC 202 Social Issues in Intergroup Dialogue
EDUC 210 Social Diversity in Education
EDUC 229 Intro to International Education
EDUC 377 Introduction to Multicultural Education
EDUC 392A-K Social Justice Issues in Education (must take 3 weekend seminars)

 

Other Requirements:

Double Dipping: Courses applied to the EDUC minor may also be counted toward the major or general education requirements. Although these courses may coincide with requirements for your specific field of study, at least two of the courses used to complete the EDUC minor must be taken outside of the major. Further, no more than two required courses within your major may be used to fulfill the requirements of the EDUC minor. 

Transferred Courses: Acceptance of Transfer Credit from another institution is not assured and must be pre-approved. 

Independent Studies: Independent study credits cannot count towards the 18 credits for the Education minor.

Grade Requirements: Students must have a minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA for courses applied to the minor and may only count one grade below a C (2.0) toward the minor. 

Pass/Fail will not be accepted. All of a student’s EDUC requirements must be taken on a graded basis, and, for those courses, the cumulative GPA must be 2.0.

Course Level: 9 of the 18 total credits must be at the 300+ level. 

Course Substitutions: Non-EDUC courses will not be considered as substitutes for EDUC courses listed in the minor.

Questions?

For questions about the Minor in Education, or if you would like to make an advising appointment, please contact the Education Advising Center (Education@UMass.edu).