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The Department of Education is representative of the best educational research and applied practices available in the field today. Issues of race, gender, socio-economic class, equity, linguistic pluralism and social justice can be found in every classroom whether urban, suburban, rural, public or private. These issues form the philosophical foundation and the platform upon which students’ course of study will be constructed.

Students who seek to become teachers can choose from the following options for majors: anthropology, biology, chemistry, geosciences, physics, mathematics, English, French, German, Russian, Spanish, history, political science, sociology, art, theatre, music education, exercise and sports science, elementary education or deaf education.

The Department offers a curriculum that is founded in the arts and sciences and integrated with Education courses, field and clinical experiences, and content specialization programs that draw upon the expertise of faculty from other disciplines such as deaf education, exercise and sports science, instrumental and vocal music education and foreign languages. The Education curriculum is designed to prepare teaching professionals whose credentials meet the requirements of teacher accreditation and certification agencies in the United States.

Program Objectives

Students who complete the education program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate mastery of the central concepts and tools of inquiry of their discipline(s).
  2. Plan research-based instruction that advances the learning of each student.
  3. Utilize research-based pedagogy that advances the learning of each student.
  4. Design curriculum based on state and national standards.
  5. Demonstrate mastery of the assessment cycle as a component of teaching.
  6. Demonstrate understanding of the processes of human development and learning.
  7. Demonstrate a commitment to ongoing professional development.
  8. Promote the success of each student based on a demonstrated understanding of the socio-cultural, historical, and institutional contexts of education.
Degree Options

Education, Elementary, B.A.

Comprehensive program of study designed to prepare students to become successful elementary school teachers.

Education, B.A.

Comprehensive program of study designed to prepare students to become successful middle-secondary teachers in a subject area of specialization.

Education, B.S.

Focused and comprehensive program of study designed to prepare students to become successful middle-secondary school teacher in a subject area of specialization.

Education Minor

For those interested in learning more about education are encouraged to add it to their degree program as a minor.

Early Intervention Minor

An interdisciplinary minor designed for those who plan to work with young children with special needs and their families. Recommended for, but not limited to, students in communication disorders, education, nursing, and psychology.

Teaching Areas of Study
  • Biology, chemistry, geosciences, or physics (with a second major in education)
  • Mathematics (with a second major in education)
  • English (with a second major in education)
  • French, German, Russian, or Spanish (with a second major in education)
  • Anthropology, sociology, history or political science (with a second major in education)
  • Art or theatre (with a second major in education)
  • Music education (instrumental or vocal)
  • Exercise and sports science (with certification option)
  • Elementary education
  • Deaf education