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The Education Minor
The minor in educational studies is recommended for students who are interested in pursuing careers related to education, whether or not they plan to teach in K-12 settings. The minor is composed of six (6) courses that offer a basic knowledge of content areas relevant to the teaching and learning process. These six courses fulfill most of the prerequisite coursework required for admission to the St. Mary's MAT program (see the following section for further information on the MAT). The courses within the minor may be completed in any order, though it is important to acknowledge that some of the courses have prerequisites that are not part of the minor requirements. This minor is not open to students who are majoring in Human Studies.
Students who transfer three or more of the courses from outside institutions are not eligible to earn this minor, but they are not excluded from or otherwise placed at a disadvantage for applying to the MAT program. Students who transfer one or two courses that are not awarded the same credit equivalencies as the comparable St. Mary's courses do need to make up these credits to earn the minor by taking other education-related undergraduate courses; this may include education courses not listed in the minor.
Degree Requirements for the Minor
To earn a minor in educational studies, students are required to satisfy all of the following requirements, so as to ensure the requisite depth, breadth, and mastery of the study area. There are also specific content courses required for teacher certification in Maryland. Students who are considering the Ed Minor and the MAT should meet with their department chair and/or a faculty member in educational studies about course selection.
- General College Requirements
- All requirements in a major area of study
- Successful completion of the six following courses, totaling at least 22-credit hours, with a minimum earned grade of C- in each course, but with a combined minimum GPA of 3.0:
- EDUC 206 The Child in America (4 credits)
- EDUC 296 Language Acquisition and Phonemic Awareness (3 credits)
- EDSP/PSYC 336 Exceptionality: Introduction to Special Education (4 credits)
- EDUC/PSYC 368 Educational Psychology (4 credits)
- EDUC 491 ESL Across the Curriculum(4 credits)
- A course with a developmental focus chosen from one of the following three:
- PSYC 331 Infant and Child Development (4 credits) This course is recommended for students who wish to pursue elementary certification
- PSYC 333 Adolescence (4 credits) This course is recommended for students who wish to pursue secondary certification
- PSYC 230 Lifespan Development (4 credits) This course is recommended for students who wish to pursue K-12 certification in Art, Music, or theater.
The Ed Minor and the MAT Application
The minor in educational studies is required for students who wish to pursue the MAT program at St. Mary's, but because these courses are not the only requirements for admission to the MAT program, the successful completion of this minor does not guarantee that a student will be admitted to the program. In particular, those interested in elementary and early childhood certification are required by the state to have 12 credits of science with one lab course, 12 credits of math, an American history course, and two credits in physical education. There are also specific content courses required for secondary teacher certification in Maryland. Students who are considering the MAT should meet with their department chair and/or an educational studies advisor about course selection. For a complete list of these courses, and additional information about the St. Mary's course equivalencies for St. Mary's educational studies courses, please contact the department chair, Dr. Lois Stover. firstname.lastname@example.org