Educational Studies

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This department does not award an undergraduate degree in a major, but offers a minor in educational studies and supports the Master of Arts in Teaching Program (see Master of Arts in Teaching.).

THE TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAM

For students who wish to pursue a career in K-12 education, a liberal arts curriculum offers a distinct pathway to this goal. In keeping with the tradition of the liberal arts experience, it is not possible for students to earn majors in this field of study, but rather achieve the status of a masterful teacher through a combination of pursuits. At St. Mary’s, this combination is represented by two distinct phases: earning a minor in educational studies at the undergraduate level and pursuing certification in the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) graduate program. However, it is also important to note that the minor in educational studies is not exclusive to students who wish to matriculate into the St. Mary’s M.A.T. program.

Minor in Educational Studies

The minor in educational studies is comprised of six (6) courses that offer a basic knowledge of many of the study areas implicated in the teaching and learning process. Though these courses represent most of prerequisite courses for the St. Mary’s M.A.T. program (see further information on the M.A.T.), this minor is also recommended for students who are interested in pursuing careers related to education, but do not necessarily plan to teach in K-12 settings. The courses within the minor may be completed in any order, though it is important to acknowledge that some of the courses have prerequisites that are not implicated in the minor requirements. This minor is not open to students who are majoring in human studies.

The minor in educational studies is required for students who wish to pursue the M.A.T. program at St. Mary’s, but because these courses are not the only requirements for admission to the M.A.T. program, the successful completion of this minor does not guarantee that a student will be admitted to the program. Students who transfer three or more of the courses from outside institutions are not eligible to earn this minor, but they are not excluded from or otherwise placed at a disadvantage for applying to the M.A.T. program. Students who transfer one or two courses that are not awarded the same credit equivalencies as the comparable St. Mary’s course do need to make up these credits to earn the minor by taking other education-related undergraduate courses; these courses include those not listed in the minor. There are also specific content courses required for teacher certification in Maryland. Students who are considering the M.A.T. should meet with their department chair and/or an educational studies adviser about course selection. For a complete list of these courses, and additional information about the St. Mary’s course equivalencies for St. Mary’s educational studies courses, please contact the department chair.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MINOR

To earn a minor in educational studies, students are required to satisfy all of the following requirements, so as to ensure the requisite depth, breadth, and mastery of the study area. There are also specific content courses required for teacher certification in Maryland. Students who are considering the M.A.T. should meet with their department chair and/or an educational studies adviser about course selection.

  1. General College Requirements (see “Curriculum” section.)
  2. All requirements in a major area of study.
  3. At least 22 credit-hours, as comprised through the successful completion of the six following courses, with a minimum earned grade of C- in each course, but with a combined minimum GPA of 3.0:
    1. EDUC 204: Reflective Practices in Educational Studies (3 credits)
    2. EDUC 206: The Child in America (4 credits)
    3. EDUC 296: Language Acquisition and Phonemic Awareness (3 credits)
    4. EDSP/PSYC 336: Exceptionality: Introduction to Special Education (4 credits)
    5. EDUC/PSYC 368: Educational Psychology (4 credits)
    6. A course with a developmental focus chosen from one of the following three:
      • PSYC 331: Infant and Child Development (4 credits)
        This course is recommended for students who wish to pursue early childhood/elementary certification
      • PSYC 333: Adolescence (4 credits)
        This course is recommended for students who wish to pursue secondary certification
      • PSYC 230: Lifespan Development
        This course is recommended for students who wish to pursue K-12 certification in Art, Music, or Theater.