Minor in Education Studies

School of Education & Human Development

Overview

Degree: Minor

Classroom Type: Online and on campus classes

CU Denver’s minor in Education Studies is useful across many disciplines and career paths. Undergraduate students explore cognition and learning theory, teaching methods, development across the life span, and working with culturally and linguistically diverse learners.

Program Details

Interest Categories: Cultural Diversity & Global Perspectives Education & Counseling

Campus: CU Denver Online

What you'll learn

Professionals in many fields teach or educate others. In medical, technology and business fields, as well as in human services and creative fields, professional roles include the ability to share knowledge and skills with others.

The 15 credit undergraduate minor in Education Studies at CU Denver reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the field. Students pursue a depth of understanding about cognition and learning theories, teaching methods, development across the life span, and working with culturally and linguistically diverse learners.

The minor is useful across many disciplines and career paths. It is customized for two major audiences:

  • Those who plan to move into the graduate teacher education program at CU Denver (Pathway 1), and
  • Those going into diverse fields who wish to include knowledge and skills about teaching and learning as part of their preparation (Pathway 2).

Note: Students who are currently pursuing the BA in Education and Human Development concentrations in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Secondary Education and Special Education are not eligible for the Education Studies minor.

This minor pairs nicely with a range of majors including, but not limited to: Business, Communications, Criminal Justice, Ethnic Studies, Nursing, Political Science, Public Affairs, Public Health, Psychology, Spanish, Sociology and other Humanities and Social Sciences majors.

Minor Requirements

Of the required courses, at least 9 credits must be completed at the University of Colorado Denver.

Transfer courses must be approved by faculty to apply to the minor.

Pathway 1Education Studies Minor for students moving into the K-12 graduate teaching licensure pathways at CU Denver. Students must complete the 15 credits below with a minimum grade of B- or better. Consult with advisor for timing and specific requirements of this pathway.

  1. EDFN 4010: Social Foundations and Cultural Diversity in Urban Education
  2. CLDE 4020: Creating Engaging and Culturally Responsive Classroom Communities (prerequisite of EDFN 4010)
  3. EDHD 3930: Diverse Learners Field Experience and Seminar
  4. SPED 4030: Understanding Students in Urban Contexts (concurrent enrollment in EDHD 3930 required)
  5. One content course in the area of licensure area of study (e.g. English, Mathematics, Science)

Pathway 2Education Studies Minor for non-K-12 teaching. Students must complete 15 credits below with a minimum grade C- or better. An overall minimum 2.0 is required for this minor.

Foundations (Choose 1 course)

  • EDFN 4010: Social Foundations and Cultural Diversity in Urban Education
  • EDFN 1000: Equality, Rights & Education (Core Social Science course)
  • CLDE 1000: Language, Identity, &Power: International Perspectives (Core International Perspectives course)

Pedagogy (Choose 2 courses)

  • LCRT 2000: Children’s & Adolescent Literature in the 21st Century (Core Humanities course)
  • INTE 2500: Digital Media and Learning (Core Social Science course)
  • INTE 2000: Digital Teaching and Learning
  • SPED 4400: Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
  • CLDE 2000: CLDE Foundations
  • HDFR 3050: Children’s Thinking and Assessment
  • CLDE 3680: Spanish for Educators
  • ECED 4102: Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum Methods and Techniques
  • ECED 4060: Working with Families, Professionals, and Communities
  • SPED 4300: Family, Professional, and Community Collaboration
  • MTED 3040: Mathematics for Elementary Educators

Development (Choose 1 course)

  • HDFR 2110: Child Ecology
  • HDFR 3020: Black and Latino Children in Families and Schools (Core Cultural Diversity course)
  • SPSY 2200: Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Treatment & Services (Core Behavioral Science course)

Elective (Choose one additional course from the lists above)

Required Credits for Completion:15 Credits

Admission Requirements


Declare the minor today by filling out the SEHD Student Major, Track, or Minor Change Form

Questions?

Contact the HDFR academic advisor Rosalinda Martinez

Rosalinda.Martinez@ucdenver.edu 

For more information, email education@ucdenver.edu or call 303.315.6300.