What Is the Educational Studies Minor?
As an educational studies minor, you will take classes in childhood and adolescent development, language, literacy, culture, assessment, evaluation and more. You will take a required course that critically examines the system of American education and its function in society, drawing on historical, sociological, economic and multicultural aspects to address fundamental questions regarding education. You will also benefit from coursework that focuses on the key theories, critical issues and research-based practices related to promoting the language and literacy development of culturally and linguistically diverse PK-12 students.
Minors must take a minimum of six courses, with some courses including field experiences in local schools that require clearances.
What Can I Do with an Educational Studies Minor?
A minor in educational studies is ideal for students who are interested in pursuing careers that are related to education but do not intend on earning Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) certification. Although an educational studies minor will not provide the certification needed to become a teacher, students who couple an educational studies minor have still gone on to pursue careers working in schools, educational research, politics, educational marketing, policy. Students will also have the opportunity to pursue jobs with companies that focus on education, including:
- The Princeton Review
How Will Saint Joseph's University Prepare Me for a Career in Educational Studies?
As an educational studies minor, you will be challenged to address questions that examine and influence your role as an educator. You will learn how to use the Standards for English Language Development and Pennsylvania academic standards to plan instruction in a culturally and linguistically diverse setting. You will also have the opportunity to apply hands-on learning through assigned readings, class discussions, video recordings, library/online research and a field experience in a culturally and linguistically diverse school classroom.