Education Minor
Educating individuals to learn skills and gain conceptual knowledge aligns with many disciplines.  The pedagogy required to effectively teach is important to professionals in the areas of business, sports management, criminal justice, nursing, social work, human development human services, psychology art therapy, music therapy, and fire science.  Understanding the foundational skills of teaching provides career opportunities across disciplines.  Professionals who can effectively teach, train, and present within their organization and community are valued. An Education Minor is designed to prepare students to understand how people learn and the strategies needed to meet diverse needs with learners who have learning disabilities, English as a second language, and social emotional needs.  The courses are designed to focus on developing well-structured lessons through Universal Design for Learning, implementing differentiated interventions, promoting a safe physical and intellectual environment, and reflective practice. Courses are designed to blend theory and practical application. The Education minor will have five required courses and one elective.  


  • EDU 201 Education, Culture, and Society
  • EDU 200 Intro to Teaching
  • EDU 207 Child Development or PSY 215 Psych of the Adolescence or PSY 217 Human Lifespan Development
  • Special Education Elective (choose one)
    • EDU 330 Strategies for Inclusion
    • EDU 336 Psych of the Exceptional Child
    • EDU 339 Special Education
  • EDU 656 ESL Theory and Practice (fifth year option)


One elective from the following list:

  • EDU 311 Early Childhood Curriculum
  • BIO 130 Nutrition and Health
  • CRJ 379 Workplace and School Safety
  • CRJ 383 Child Abuse
  • HDS 205 Guiding Children’s Behavior
  • HDS 310 Observation Documentation
  • HDS 315 Family and Community
  • HDS 316 Mindfulness in the Classroom
  • HCS 202 Cultural Diversity
  • SWK 307 Issues of Diversity
  • SWK 408 Marriage and Family
  • SPN 201 Spanish Outreach
  • EDU 642 Early Childhood Curriculum (fifth year option)
  • Or pre-approved course from the Director of Education Programs


Early Childhood Education and Care
Students who may not be interested in Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education licensure may be interested in working in the field of early education and care. An option for these students includes preparation for the Early Education and Care (EEC) certification for work with children from birth to 8 years of age. These students major in Human Development and Human Services and select a minor in Education or Special Education to complete requirements for Early Education and Care Certification. See the School of Justice and Social Sciences for specifics about the major and optional minors. 

Students taking the Early Education and Care Minors will demonstrate an understanding of the growth and development of children and youth; examine methods for guiding and interacting with children and youth; explore strategies for partnering with families and communities; articulate understanding of the importance of health, safety, and nutrition in development; plan learning environments and implement curriculum; examine and develop methods for observation, assessment, and documentation; demonstrate knowledge of program planning and development; and demonstrate professionalism and leadership.