Education Studies Minor

Students in the education studies minor study education as a multidimensional and interdisciplinary area of study. Across courses in the minor program, students have an opportunity to understand the social, political, historical and cultural contexts that have shaped schooling practices and educational experiences. Students explore the competing tensions and inherent challenges within educational environments and develop a clear analysis of the role of equity, diversity and access.

Requirements for the Education Studies Minor

The education studies minor consists of five courses across three dimensions:

  1. Students will take at least two of the following education core courses: EDUC 214, EDUC 215 or EDUC 216.

  2. Students will choose three additional courses from the Education Research and Theory course list. Students may, in consultation with their advisor, select courses that reflect an area concentration.

  3. Within the five-course minor program, students must take at least one 300-level education course from the Education Research and Theory course list.

Upon consultation with their advisor, students may substitute one of the required courses from the Education Research and Theory list with a course in the Curriculum and Teaching Courses list or Education Electives list. No more than one 100-level course may be included in the minor.

Note: Not all of these courses are offered every year; some may be limited to majors in these fields.

Teaching and Learning Studies Minor

The teaching and learning studies minor centers on understanding students’ processes of learning and development and on exploring the work of teaching, including creating and enacting school curriculum. Its underlying values are: relating to students, their cultures, and their communities with appreciation and care, acting to promote democracy and justice, and interweaving academic teaching with the growth and development of young people.

Students may choose to prepare themselves for the teaching profession, one of the most rewarding and challenging of all professions, in collaboration with other talented, dedicated Wellesley students. Fieldwork, a part of most courses for the minor, will facilitate engagement with the many dimensions of teaching and work with students and will encourage learning through continual reflection and discussion.

Requirements for the teaching and learning studies minor

The requirements below allow students to chart a meaningful path. Faculty are available to support students through all stages of planning and decision-making.

The teaching and learning studies minor consists of five courses across two dimensions chosen from the following:

  1. Students will take one to three of the following courses, which provide grounding for the study of education: WRIT 114, EDUC 110, EDUC 117, EDUC 200, EDUC 201, EDUC 212, EDUC 213, EDUC 214, EDUC 215, EDUC 216, EDUC 313, EDUC 334, EDUC 335, PSYC 248, PSYC 321, MIT 11.124, MIT 11.125 or other approved course;

  2. Students will take two to four of the following courses in the critically-understood practice of teaching: EDUC 200, EDUC 201, EDUC 300, EDUC 339, EDUC 303, EDUC 304, EDUC 305, EDUC 310, EDUC 314, EDUC 322, EDUC 325, or PSYC 207 (or PSYC 208).

Wellesley Teacher Scholars Program: Teacher Certification/Licensure

As part of the teaching and learning studies minor (or even separate from a declared minor), students may be able to participate in the Wellesley Teacher Scholars Program, a program to attain state teacher licensure. Wellesley Teacher Scholars are prepared to teach full-time upon graduation, and licensure through Wellesley is transferable to most other states. Faculty are available to discuss the many paths into teaching as well as strategies for incorporating the full student teaching program into a student’s existing program of study. Faculty are also available to discuss other options, such as enrolling in graduate teacher preparation programs or other alternative teacher certification programs.

Wellesley Teacher Scholars gain internship experience (and possible licensure) at the high school (grades 8-12), middle school (grades 5-8), or elementary school (grades 1-6) level. Elementary Wellesley Teacher Scholars also receive training in social and emotional learning from Wellesley College’s Open Circle program. Please consult with Ken Hawes about middle and high school education and with Noah Rubin about elementary education to plan a program of study.

Course Requirements for teacher certification are:

To attain teacher licensure, students must complete:

  1. at least one introductory course from those listed in the first requirement of teaching and learning studies minor above; and

  2. arts and sciences coursework appropriate to the specific teaching field (please contact the department for details); and

  3. for middle or high school certification, EDUC 325, EDUC 300, EDUC 339, and EDUC 303; OR for elementary certification, EDUC 310, EDUC 314, EDUC 339, EDUC 303, EDUC 304, and EDUC 305. We recommend that, if possible, all those doing elementary certification take EDUC 310 and EDUC 314 before their senior year. Note: except in special circumstances, EDUC 310 should be completed before entering a full time student teaching practicum in the spring semester.

Early Childhood Education option

Students also may gain internship experience (and a possible certificate) in early childhood education. Issued by the Department of Early Education and Care, the early childhood education Lead Teacher certificate qualifies students to teach in private preschools and child care centers, but not in public kindergartens, and is not transferable directly to other states. For early childhood education, students take required courses and complete their student teaching at the Wellesley College Child Study Center or Wellesley Community Children’s Center. Please consult with Maureen Morgan about early childhood education and courses.

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Education Research and Theory Courses   

AFR 227 / EDUC 227

Black Girlhood Studies


AMST 206 / EDUC 206

Prison Education and Abolitionist Study in the United States


CHEM 302 / EDUC 317

Seminar: Communicating and Teaching Chemistry


ECON 226 / EDUC 226

Economics of Education Policy



First-Year Seminar: Lessons of Childhood: Representations of Difference in Children's Media


EDUC 200

Theory and Practice in Early Childhood Care and Education


EDUC 201

Educating Young Children with Special Needs


EDUC 207 / PEAC 207 / SOC 207

Schools and Society


EDUC 213

Social and Emotional Learning and Development: Theoretically Informed Practice for K-12 Education


EDUC 214

Reimagining Youth: Exploring the Role of Family, Community and Society


EDUC 215 / PEAC 215

Understanding and Improving Schools


EDUC 216

Education and Social Policy


EDUC 217 / WGST 217

Growing Up in a Gendered World


EDUC 308 / SOC 308

Children in Society


EDUC 313

Seminar: Social and Emotional Learning and Development: Theoretically Informed Practice for K-12 Education


EDUC 321 / PEAC 312 / SOC 312 

Seminar: De-centering and Re-centering: Social Theory Across the Globe


EDUC 328

Calderwood Seminar in Public Writing: Social Technologies and Identity Development


EDUC 332

Seminar: Centering Community: Critical Perspectives on Youth Work & Out-of-School Time Programs


EDUC 334

Seminar: Ethnography in Education: Race, Migration, and Borders


EDUC 335

Seminar: Urban Education and Emancipatory Research


EDUC 338

Seminar: Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design in Education


EDUC 339

Seminar: Critical Perspectives, Practice, and Reflection in Teaching and Curriculum


WRIT 114

Education in Philosophical Perspective


Curriculum and Teaching Courses

EDUC 300

Teaching and Curriculum in Middle School and High School


EDUC 303

Practicum: Curriculum and Supervised Teaching


EDUC 304

Curriculum and Instruction in Elementary Education


EDUC 305

Curriculum, Instruction and Special Needs in Elementary Education


EDUC 310

Seminar: Child Literacy and the Teaching of Reading


EDUC 314

Learning and Teaching Mathematics: Content, Cognition, and Pedagogy


EDUC 325

Seminar: Educating English Language Learners


 Education Electives 

AFR 105 Introduction to the Black Experience 1.0
AFR 206 African American History 1500-Present  1.0
AFR 249 From Mumbet to Michelle Obama: Black Women's History 1.0
AMST 121 Ethnic studies: Key Concepts, Theories, and Methods 1.0
AMST 151 Asian American Experience 1.0
AMST 152 Race, Ethnicity, and Politics in America 1.0
AMST 161 Introduction to Latina/o Studies 1.0
AMST 222 / PSYC 222 Asian American Psychology 1.0
AMST 225 / SOC 225 Life in the Big City: Urban Studies and Policy 1.0
AMST 246 / SOC 246 U.S. Immigration 1.0
AMST 251 / SOC 251 Racial Regimes in the United States and Beyond 1.0
AMST 264 Histories of Asian American Labor and Immigration 1.0
AMST 281 / ENG 297 Rainbow Republic: American Queer Culture from Walt Whitman to Lady Gaga 1.0
AMST 290 / PEAC 290 Afro-Latinas/os in the U.S. 1.0
AMST 315 Beats, Rhymes, and Life: Hip-Hop Studies 1.0
ANTH 210 Political Anthropology 1.0
ANTH 231 / PEAC 231 Anthropology In and Of the City 1.0
CAMS 276 Media Publics: An Introduction to Civic Media 1.0
CLSC 216 / PSYC 216 Psychology of Language 1.0
CLSC 316 / PSYC 316 Seminar: Language Acquistion 1.0
CS 232 Artificial Intelligence 1.0
ECON 241 Poverty and Inequality in Latin America 1.0
ECON 326 Seminar: Advanced Economics of Education 1.0
ECON 327 The Economics of Law, Policy and Inequality 1.0
ENGR 305 / PEAC 305 Intersections of Technology, Social Justice, and Conflict 1.0
HIST 203 Out of Many: American History to 1877 1.0
HIST 204 The United States History since 1865 1.0
HIST 253 First Peoples: An Introduction to Native American History 1.0
LING 114 Introduction to Linguistics 1.0
LING 238 Sociolinguistics 1.0
LING 244 Language: Form and Meaning 1.0
LING 248 Introduction to Historical Linguistics 1.0
LING 312 Bilingualism: An Exploration of Language, Mind, and Culture 1.0
LING 338 Seminar: African American English 1.0
PEAC 104 Introduction to the Study of Conflict, Justice, and Peace 1.0
PEAC 206 / POL2 220 Qualitative Methods in the Social Sciences 1.0
POL1 328 Seminar: Immigration, Politics, and Policy 1.0
POL1 337 Seminar: Race in American Politics 1.0
POL4 249 Neoliberalism and its Critics 1.0
POL4 311 Seminar: Grassroots Organizing 1.0
POL4 341 Beyond Prisons: Resistance, Reform, Abolition 1.0
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology 1.0
PSYC 207 Developmental Psychology 1.0
PSYC 210 Social Psychology 1.0
PSYC 217 Cognition 1.0
PSYC 245 Cultural Psychology 1.0
PSYC 325 Seminar: Adolescent Psychology: Bridging Research and Practice 1.0
PSYC 326 Seminar: Child and Adolescent Psychopathology 1.0
PSYC 333 Clinical and Educational Assessment 1.0
PSYC 337 Seminar: Prejudice and Discrimination 1.0
PSYC 344 Seminar: Social Imagination 1.0
PSYC 345 Seminar: Becoming a Mindreader: The Development of a Theory of Mind 1.0
SOC 205 / WGST 211 Modern Families and Social Inequalities: Private Lives and Public Policies 1.0
SOC 209 Social Inequality: Race, Class and Gender 1.0
SOC 311 / WGST 311 Seminar: Families, Gender, the State, and Social Policies 1.0
WGST 108 The Social Construction of Inequalities: Race, Gender, Class and Sexuality 1.0
WGST 221 Gender, Race, and the Carceral State 1.0
WGST 224 Feminist Ethnography 1.0
WGST 326 Seminar: Crossing the Border(s): Narratives of Transgression 1.0
WRIT 110 WGST 108 The Social Construction of Inequalities: Race, Gender, Class and Sexuality 1.0
MIT EC. 717 D-Lab: Education and Learning 1.0
MIT 11.124 Introduction to Education: Looking Forward and Looking Back on Education 1.0
MIT 11.125 Introduction to Education: Understanding and Evaluating Education 1.0