Courses

The Educational Studies minor has been designed to meet the needs of students who are interested in exploring systems of education and individual educational experiences in the USA and other countries. While the minor does not lead to teacher certification, it provides the foundation for seeking certification through a teacher alternative preparation program (TAPP) or a master of arts in teaching (M.A.T.) program.

Given the college’s aim to provide courses that complement many student interests, we encourage students to select courses from the Educational Studies minor to widen their educational experience at Agnes Scott and to provide a different perspective on their own education.

EDU-210 UNDERSTANDING LEARNERS: AN INTRODUCTION TO EDUCATIONAL STUDIES    4
Addresses issues in learning theory, teaching as an art form, global and multicultural models of education, the role of technology in education, and the philosophy of education. Includes field experience. Background check required.

EDU-212 THE ARTS IN EDUCATION    (4)
Exploration of the role the fine arts play in educational settings, particularly elementary and secondary schools, with an emphasis on the cultural implications for current philosophies and practices that often marginalize the arts and arts-based instructional strategies.

EDU-215 INTRODUCTION TO ENGLISH FOR SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES (ESOL)    (4)
An introduction to the socio-cultural, linguistic, and pedagogical dimensions of ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages). Students will explore global approaches to ESOL pedagogies with a focus on the impact of cross-cultural experiences on learning. Field experience required. Prerequisite: One course in Education or permission of instructor

EDU-217 SCHOOLS AND SOCIETY    (4)
Education in cross-cultural perspective. The role of education in the transmission of values and culture. The conflict between family and school. The inequality of educational opportunity. (Cross-listed with SOC-217.) Prerequisite: SOC-101 or ANT-101

EDU-220 DIVERSITY, DEMOCRACY AND EDUCATION    (4)
The study of models of education that respect human diversity especially as these relate to ethnic, cultural, gender, class and linguistic identity. Examination of how the conception of diversity informs transformative educational policy and practice. (Cross-listed with WS-295.)

EDU-225 REINVENTING TECHNOLOGIES: TOPICAL STUDIES IN EDUCATION    (4)
Topics vary by semester, but generally focus on the following themes: social justice issues in education, human rights and education, gender studies in education, educational reform movements, educating for change, and the socio-cultural dimensions of education. Course projects incorporate current technologies (filmmaking, digital recording, digital photography, and website development, for example) to explore education-related topics.

EDU-315 COMPARATIVE EDUCATION    (4)
The study of education systems in various countries. Particular attention will be paid to gender, race, class and schooling. The focus of the course will be on the role education can and does play in addressing issues of social justice.

EDU-320 LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS    (4)
In-depth examination of the themes that permeate current offerings from the world of publishing for children and young adults; emphasis on the following topics: literary theory, cultural representation, censorship issues, aesthetics, bibliotherapy, and pedagogical implications. (Cross-listed with ENG-320.)

EDU-325 PRIMARY RESEARCH IN EDUCATIONAL SETTINGS    (4)
Introduction to qualitative methods of educational research. Students will develop a research proposal and carry out the initial phase of the project. Topics for research vary by semester.

EDU-380 TEACHING EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN    (4)
Introduction to special needs, including child development and intelligence, major areas of exceptionality, identification of learners with special needs. Introduction to other learner differences including race, class, gender, ethnicity and first language. Adapting curriculum and instruction for diverse needs. Includes field experience. Course may be taught in a hybrid or online format. Prerequisite: EDU-210

EDU-385 RELIGION, EDUCATION, AND ACTIVISM    (4)
In this course we will explore, through historical and current justice issues, the educational theories and practices of religious organizations, and grassroots movements for social change. Students will also engage and gain competence in the practice of human rights education through a variety of models of liberatory educational practices, including popular education, theatre for social change, community-based living, participatory action research, and movement building. (Cross-listed with REL- 385.) Prerequisite: one course in either Religious Studies or Education

EDU-410 DIRECTED READING    (1-4)
Directed reading courses are open to qualified juniors and seniors to pursue reading outside a program's listed courses. Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section for more information.

EDU-415 RADICAL PEDAGOGIES: EDUCATING FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE    (4)
Exploration of alternative pedagogies, representing various theoretical views about the aims and purposes of education. Emphasis on topics such as the critique of current educational systems and models, sociocultural beliefs about schools and schooling, critical pedagogy, and education as transformational practice, particularly with respect to issues of justice.

EDU-440 DIRECTED RESEARCH    (1-4)
Directed research courses are open to junior and senior majors to work with a faculty member on a project related to particular field of intellectual or artistic interest. Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section of the catalog for more information.

EDU-450 INTERNSHIP    (1-4)
Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section of the catalog for more information.

EDU-470 GENDER AND EDUCATION IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE   (4) 
Focuses on the intersection of education and gender, drawing on interdisciplinary research in global development and gender studies. Examines theoretical perspectives, policies, and strategies for making education more equitable globally. (Cross-listed with WS-470.) Prerequisite: junior or senior standing, WS-100 or an education course, or permission of instructor

EDU-490 SENIOR THESIS    (4)
A senior thesis gives superior students the opportunity to write a thesis about a project related to particular field of intellectual or artistic interest. Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section of the catalog for more information.