Students experiencing the Education Studies minor use theory and experience to critically consider how educational policy and classroom practices materially impact the learning opportunities available to P-12 students.
Education studies students participate in local education settings. In 200-level education classes, students use a social justice lens to explore topics such as economic inequality, literacy, and gender, connecting these topics to their work in local educational settings. During the capstone experience, students work extensively in a local classroom helping teachers ask questions and gather data to improve their teaching. Students learn to appreciate the complexities of classroom practice and experience a model for making positive change. The minor supports students to explore skills used in professional roles such as Teacher, Counselor, Social Worker, Community Activist, and Educational Policy Analyst.