Feb 02, 2023  
College Catalog 2015-2016 
    
College Catalog 2015-2016 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Educational Studies Major


Major Requirements


The major in Educational Studies provides carefully structured opportunities for students to engage in the study of education as an interdisciplinary field of social inquiry and advocacy. Through participation in thematically related courses, civic engagement experiences, and completion of an integrative capstone seminar and reflective portfolio, students are supported in their preparation for teaching and/or in exploring issues emerging from interactions among contemporary educational systems and broader social, cultural, political, and ethical contexts. Students are further encouraged to integrate their interests in education with continuing academic preparation in a supporting major, in addition to their evolving commitment to social advocacy in diverse forms and settings.

The major consist of thirty-two semester hours approved by the department chair. Students select from two broad emphases: Teaching & Learning or Education & Society, with specific curricular patterns described below.
 

Teaching & Learning Emphasis


The major in Educational Studies emphasizing Teaching & Learning is designed to support students interested in entering the teaching profession. As requirements vary by state, graduate program, and focus of teaching interests (age of student, subject matter), carefully tailored personalized advising is provided for students who intend to pursue a teaching license and/or masters degree in teaching upon graduation.

The Teaching & Learning pathway also provides excellent preparation for students intending to enter teaching through programs that do not require state licensing or graduate work such as Urban Teaching Fellows, World Teach, Peace Corp, Ameri-Corp, Teach for America, Montessori or Waldorf training, adult basic education or ESL, museum education, artists-in-residence, community education, etc.

Requirements are as follows:

Foundation Courses:
EDUC 220 - Educational Psychology 
EDUC 330 - Philosophy of Education  
EDUC 380 - Research Methods for Education and Advocacy  

Thematic Courses:
EDUC 240 - Race, Culture, and Ethnicity in Education 
EDUC 260 - Critical Issues in Urban Education  
EDUC 390 - Teaching and Learning in Urban Schools  

Elective Courses:
At least one elective courses relevant to teaching focus. Elective courses may be selected from Educational Studies or from courses offered by other Macalester departments or study away programs that are centered in theory/practices relevant to education or youth development and approved by the department chair.

Capstone Experience:
EDUC 460 - Education and Social Change  

Reflective Portfolio:
Completion of an on-line portfolio documenting one’s intellectual and ethical path through the major and beyond.

Supporting Major:
Completion of a supporting major relevant to teaching focus.
 

Education & Society Emphasis


The major in Educational Studies emphasizing Education & Society provides opportunities for interdisciplinary explorations of pressing social and educational issues on local, national, and international levels. Students begin by selecting an integrative theme. Suggested themes include: Education, Equity & Diversity, Education Policy & Reform, Youth Development, Urban Education, International/Development Education, Environmental Education, Civic Education, Aesthetic Education, Feminist & Critical Education, Media Literacy, and individually designed focal areas.

Requirements are as follows:

Foundation Courses:
EDUC 220 - Educational Psychology 
EDUC 330 - Philosophy of Education 
EDUC 380 - Research Methods for Education and Advocacy   

Thematic Courses:
(12 credits selected from the following)
EDUC 230 - Community Youth Development in Multicultural America 
EDUC 240 - Race, Culture, and Ethnicity in Education 
EDUC 260 - Critical Issues in Urban Education  
EDUC 280 - Re-envisioning Education and Democracy 
EDUC 360 - Education and Emerging Technologies 
EDUC 370 - Education and the Challenge of Globalization 
EDUC 611 - Independent Project 
EDUC 612 - Independent Project 
EDUC 613 - Independent Project 
EDUC 614 - Independent Project 
AMST 265 - The Schools-to-Prison Pipeline  
SOCI 205 - Public Schooling in America  
PSYC 250 - Developmental Psychology 
and occassional topics courses

Elective Courses:
At least one elective courses relevant to integrative theme. Elective courses may be selected from Educational Studies or from courses offered by other Macalester departments or study away programs that are centered in theory/practices relevant to education or youth development and approved by the department chair.

Capstone Experience:
EDUC 460 - Education and Social Change  

Reflective Portfolio:
Completion of an on-line portfolio documenting one’s intellectual and ethical path through the major and beyond.

Supporting Major:
Completion of a supporting major relevant to integrative theme.