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Requirements for a Major in Educational Studies

A total of fifty-one (51) credits for students not seeking licensure;  a total of fifty-two (52) credits for elementary licensure students; a total of forty seven (47) credits for secondary licensure students (NOTE: All licensure students will student teach in a post-baccalaureate ninth semester in which they will register for 12 credits):

  1. Core Requirements (7 courses)
     
    1. Foundations (both required)
      1. Foundations of Education ED 201 (F8)
      2. Educational Psychology PSY 222
    2. Human Behavior (one of the following)
      1. Infant and Child Development PSY 229 (F11)
      2. Adolescence PSY 230
      3. Learning & Motivation PSYC 326
    3. Quantitative Skills (one of the following)
      1. Psychological Statistics PSY 211 (F6)
      2. Econ Stat ECON 290 (F6)
      3. Probability Stat MATH 111 (F6)
    4. Philosophy, Ethics, Policy, & History (one of the following)
      1. Philosophy of Education PHIL 270 (F11)
      2. Ethics PHIL 301 (F1)
      3. Urban Education Policy POLSCI 240
      4. Some sections of ED 265
    5. Educational Equity and Disparities (one of the following)
      1. Urban Education ED 220
      2. African American Experience in U.S. Schools ED 225 (F9, F11)
      3. Race, Class, Gender, & Sexuality ED 320 (F9)
      4. Some sections of ED 265
    6. Education Senior Seminar 485
  2. Community-integrative Education ED 360/460 (three or four semesters) (3 or 4 credits total)
    1. All students in Educational Studies are required to complete at least 1 credit of EDUC 360: Field Experience.  Each track has additional requirements, detailed below.
    2. Teaching and Learning: Elementary students must complete 4 credits of EDUC 360 in Shelby County Schools; each of these field experiences (1 credit each) will have a different subject matter focus. Secondary students must complete 3 credits of EDUC 360 in Shelby County Schools. These three semesters will include (in any order) a semester each in a high school, middle school, and special education/special needs setting (any grades 6-12).
    3. Community and Social Change: Students must complete 1 section of EDUC 360, Field Experience in Shelby County Schools (any grades K-12).  Students must complete 2 additional credits, of either EDUC 360 or EDUC 460.
    4. Policy and Reform: Students must complete 1 section of EDUC 360, Field Experience in Shelby County Schools (any grades K-12).  Students must complete 2 additional credits, of either EDUC 360 or EDUC 460.
    5. Students will have their first field placement in their first semester after declaring. The ED 460 course instructor will work with majors to ensure that the school/community placement complements each student’s course of study.
    6. Students must adhere to all Shelby County School rules and protocols in their placements.​
    7. EDUC 460 is an Educational Studies Internship, which can be taken for 1-4 credits.  Please contact Educational Studies Faculty and Staff for additional information about possible internships.
  3. Three tracks (five courses/20 credits for students not seeking licensure;five courses/20 credits for students elementary licensure students; four courses/16 credits for secondary licensure students). All majors will choose one of three following tracks (1) Teaching and Learning; (2) Community and Social Change, (3) Policy and Reform.
     
    1. Teaching and Learning - (licensure optional) - supports students interested in entering the teaching profession as teachers or administrators and those interested in seeking licensure. Licensure within this track is optional. Students who wish to teach at the secondary level must also major in the discipline in which they plan to teach. All licensure candidates will register for 12 credits and student teach in a ninth semester.

      Required courses for those seeking elementary licensure (five courses, 20 credits)

      1. Principles of Curriculum and Instruction ED 355
      2. Educational Technologies ED 300
      3. Literacy & Reading in the Content Areas EDUC 310
      4. Elementary Literacies EDUC 370
      5. One additional course from electives

      Required courses for those seeking secondary licensure (four courses, 16 credits)

      1. Principles of Curriculum and Instruction ED 355
      2. How to Write: Academic Writing and the Pedagogies that Support It ENG 290 (F2i and F11)
      3. Educational Technologies ED 300
      4. Literacy & Reading in the Content Areas EDUC 310
       
  4. Community and Social Change - ­supports students who are interested in educational practices outside traditional educational settings.  Prepares students who are interested in adult literacy and basic education, youth development, educational work in non-profits, museum education, artists-in-residence, community education, environmental educational, etc.

 

  1. Policy and Reform - provides opportunities for interdisciplinary explorations of pressing social and educational issues on local, national, and international levels. Prepares students who are interested in issues of equity and diversity, civic education, feminist and critical education, and the media.

    Elective courses for all three tracks (at least two 300-400 level courses)
    1. Gender and Society ANSO 231
    2. Gender Politics and Protests ANSO 233
      The Sociology of MLK in Practice: A Place-Based Study of King and the St. Augustine Civil Rights Movement ANSO 235 (F9, F11)
    3. Urban Social Problems ANSO 241
    4. Social Movements ANSO 243
    5. The Sociology of Community-Integrative Education ANSO 245 (F11, F2i)
    6. Gender and Environment ANSO 273
    7. Race and Ethnicity in American Society ANSO 331
    8. Intro to Social Research ANSO 351
    9. Black Feminist Thought ANSOC 365
    10. Hip-Hop & the Post-Soul South ANSOC 365
    11. Anthropology of Social Change ANSO 379
    12. Prejudice and the Human Condition ANSO 391
    13. Sociology of Violence and Peace Making ANSO 392
    14. Economics of Education ECON 265
    15. Topics in Education EDUC 265
    16. Directed Research in Education EDUC 451
    17. Study in African American Literature ENGL 264
    18. African American Literature ENGL 364
    19. Junior Seminar Critical Theory ENGL 385
    20. Introductory Seminars in History (when topics are relevant) HIST 105 (F2i, F3)
    21. Selected Topics in History (when topics are relevant) HIST 205 (F3)
    22. The United States in the Twentieth Century HIST 233 (F3)
    23. African American History HIST 242 (F3, F9)
    24. Civil Rights Movement HIST 243 (F3)
    25. History of Memphis HIST 248 (F3)
    26. Gender in the United States HIST 249
    27. Slavery in the United States HIST 342
    28. Civil Rights in Memphis HIST 345
    29. African American Activism HIST 447
    30. Government and Politics of Africa IS 251 (F9)
    31. International Human Rights IS 336
    32. Philosophy of Race PHIL 255
    33. Philosophy of Education PHIL 270 (F11)
    34. Introduction to Public Policy POLSC 205
    35. Urban Politics and Policy POLSC 206
    36. Race and Ethnic Politics POLSC 207
    37. Modern Ideologies POLSC 214
    38. Justice, Equality, and Liberty POLSC 218
    39. Black Political Thought POLSC 230
    40. Poverty and Public Policy POLSC 318
    41. Race, Housing and Urban Revitalization POLSC 319
    42. Healthcare Policy 320 POLSC 320
    43. Community Psychology PSY 250
    44. Gender and Sexualities PSY 280
    45. Social Issues in Ethical & Religious Perspective RS 232 (F1)
    46. Theologies of Liberation RS 259
    47. Health Equity Internship RS 460
    48. #DOBLACKLIVESMATTER? THEA 265
    49. Intro to Urban Studies URBN 201 (F8, F11)
    50. Research Methods in Urban Studies URBN 220 (F8, F11)
    51. Urban Geography URBN 230 (F2i, F8)
    52. Introduction to Urban and Community Health URBN 240 (F8)
    53. Intercultural Knowledge & Competence URBN 250 (F9)
    54. Urban Field Research URBN 362

      Additional electives for Teaching & Learning track only:
       
    55. Environmental Issues in Southern Africa BIOL 212
    56. Collaborative Chemistry Communities CHEM 260 (2 credits)
    57. Language Acquisition and Pedagogy GRS/MLL 240
    58. Principles of Curriculum and Instruction EDUC 355
    59. How to Write: Academic Writing and the Pedagogies that Support it ENGL 290 (F2i and F11, 4 credits)
    60. Advanced Grammar ENGL 380
    61. Advanced Language and Civilization SPAN 301
    62. Spanish American Literature and Culture SPAN 306
    63. Children’s Literature: Page to Stage THEA 254

      Additional elective courses in Community and Social Change track:
       
    64. Management of Organizations BUSCOM 361
    65. Global Politics IS 220 (F8)
    66. Comparative Ecopolitics IS 341 (F8)
    67. U.S. Politics POLSC 151 (F8, F2i some sections)
    68. Non-profits in the City URBN 340
    69. Urban Studies Internship (Crosstown Arts Section) URBN 460

      Additional electives for Policy & Reform track:
       
    70. Management of Organizations BUSCOM 361
    71. Global Politics IS 220 (F8)
    72. Comparative Ecopolitics IS 341 (F8)
    73. U.S. Politics POLSC 151 (F8, F2i some sections)
    74. Philosophy of Law PHIL 216
    75. Politics of Migration IS 340