Applying for the Minor

Students are strongly urged to consult with one of the supervising faculty as they develop their plans for fulfilling the requirements.

The Education Studies minor is awarded to students who complete six courses from an approved curriculum plus a hands-on teaching experience.  Successful candidates must earn either a grade of B or better in each course or maintain a B+ or better average for the seven courses used for the certificate.  The courses must include at least one course in each of the following categories: 1) Cognitive and psychological influences on learning and schooling; 2) Social and structural analyses of education; 3) Statistics; 4) Broader contexts; 5) In-school experience. The two additional courses should be chosen from those in categories 1 and/or 2. The current list of courses in the approved curriculum is available on the About the Minor page. The courses may be completed in any order consistent with their prerequisites.

There are two required steps for declaring the Education Studies minor and both must be completed before the minor may be awarded.

After you have declared a major:

1)  Declare the Education Studies minor through your electronic portfolio. Navigate to EP>Student>Academic Career>Major Declaration. On the pull-down menu for declaring a minor select "Education Studies" and click on "submit". Note that you will first need to have declared a major before you are able to declare Education Studies as a Minor. It is best to do this as early as possible so that you can receive emails and updates about the minor from the supervising faculty that will help you with academic planning. 

During your senior year:

2)  Submit the completed Minor Certification Form which is available via your portfolio. This certificate documents how you have completed the minor. You should set up a time to meet with one of the supervising faculty (see here for a current list) to review your minor certification form before the final pre-registration period of your academic career. Questions regarding the minor, requirements, or the application procedures may be directed to any of the supervising faculty.

NOTE: Students who do not complete Step 2 may have their declarations deleted. Completing the coursework is not sufficient; you must submit the application to one of the supervising faculty. 

Questions regarding the certificate, requirements, or the application procedures may be directed to any of the supervising faculty.

Please note that the Education Studies Minor does not provide the course credentials for CT State Initial Educator Certification that are required for teaching positions in public schools.