Education - Requirements

The minor in educational studies provides an expanded opportunity for Fairfield University undergraduates to incorporate the study of education into their undergraduate living and learning experiences, whether as prospective teachers or as prospective citizens, or to enhance their preparation as policy makers, practicing professionals or scholars in other fields.

Requirements

The minor in educational studies, open to any interested undergraduate student, has the following requirements:

1. Apply for and be admitted to the minor

2. Complete *15 credits as follows:

a. ED 200 Explorations in Education: Teaching, Learning and Schooling (USD)
b. ED 241 Educational Psychology
c. ED 329 Philosophy of Education: An Introduction
d. Choose one course from these diversity courses

EC 114 Economics of Race, Class & Gender in the American Workplace (USD)
EN 172 Literacy and Language (USD)
EN 114/FR 295 Caribbean Literature: History, Culture and Identity (WD)
NS 112 Healthcare Delivery Systems (USD)
MU 101 The History of Jazz (USD)
MU 112 The Music of Black Americans (USD)
MU 122 World Music History and Ensemble (WD) 
SO 162 Race, Gender and Ethnic Relations (USD)
SP 359 Culture, Civilization & Literature in the Spanish-American Caribbean Region (WD)

e. Relevant cognate area course: Choose one course from the list below (must differ from your diversity course choice)

BI 18 Human Biology: Form and Function
BI 70 Science,Technology, and Society
BI 75 Ecology and Society
CH 007 Introduction to Forensic Science
CH 11 General Inorganic Chemistry I
CH 33 Chemistry of Nutrition
CH 85 Chemistry, Energy, and the Environment
CH 86 Chemistry and Art
CO 101 Argument and Advocacy (Wills’ sections)
CO 130 Mass Media and Society (Service Learning section only)
EC 114 Economics of Race, Class & Gender in the American Workplace
EN 172 Literacy and Language
EN 373 Literature for Young Adults
ENW 311 Advanced Composition for Secondary School Teachers
EN 114/FR 295 Caribbean Literature: History, Culture and Identity
LAC 300 Justice and the Developing World
MU 101 The History of Jazz
MU 112 The Music of Black Americans
MU 122 World Music History and Ensemble 
NS 112 Healthcare Delivery Systems
PJ 298 Internship in Advocacy and Community Organizing
PO 115 Introduction to the Study of Peace and Justice
PS 71 Physics of Light and Color 
PS 76 Physics of Sound and Music
PS 77 The Science and Technology of War and Peace - The Way Things Work
PS 89 Physics of Sports
PS 93 Energy and Environment
PY 264 Developmental Psychology for Majors with Lab
RS 175 Contemporary Moral Problems
SO 162 Race, Gender and Ethnic Relations
SO 165 Race, Cities and Poverty
SO 185 Introduction to International Migration
SP 359 Culture, Civilization & Literature in the Spanish-American Caribbean Region
Any US History course covering 50 years or more of US history

Note: Biology majors and minors may use any upper-division 200 and 300 level Biology lab course to satisfy the cognate course for the minor in educational studies.

*Certain courses taken to fulfill the minor in educational studies may be used to fulfill requirements for the undergraduate core and US or World diversity requirements. Some may also be used to fulfill requirements for a major.

Teacher Education

Candidates interested in pursuing certification to teach Elementary Education (K-6), Secondary Education (7-12) or TESOL Education (K-12) can do so through one of three 5-year Bachelor's-Master's Programs in Teacher Education. The Teacher Education Programs prepare scholar-practitioners who have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to enact meaningful connections between theory and practice, promote a developmental model of human growth and learning, exercise ethical professional judgment and leadership, and advocate for quality education for all learners. As members of an inclusive community of learners, we (university faculty, experienced and aspiring classroom teachers, and community members and leaders) work together to create and sustain exemplary learning environments that empower P-12 students to become engaged, productive citizens in their communities. Across all programs, our foci for inquiry and action include the socio-cultural and political contexts of education and schooling, the complexities of teaching and learning, teacher work and professional cultures, culturally relevant understandings of human growth and development, and socially responsible uses of technology in schooling and society.

Descriptions of all the required education undergraduate and graduate courses are found in the GSEAP catalog. Descriptions of undergraduate courses are found under appropriate departmental course listings.

Application Process

There are two phases of the admission process to the Five-Year Program: Level I and Level II. Admission to Level I does not guarantee admission to Level II.

To be admitted to the undergraduate teacher education programs, students must:

  1. Declare a minor in Educational Studies.
  2. Major in an appropriate discipline.
  3. Possess and maintain an overall minimum GPA of 2.67.
  4. Maintain a 3.0 in their major.
  5. Complete a fingerprinting and criminal background check.
  6. Pass or waive the Praxis I testing requirement.
  7. Complete Level I Applicationto the undergraduate phase of the Five-Year Program.
    • Meet with director of Five-Year Program and appropriate Educational Studies & Teacher Preparation (ESTP) Program faculty to discuss major and minor requirements.
    • Submit application as early as spring of sophomore year and no later than spring of junior year.
    • Application components:
    • Submit complete application to ESTP graduate assistant in CNS 116A by posted deadline.
  8. Complete Application to graduate program
    • Apply online via Fairfield University Graduate Admissions to Five-Year Master's program no later than February 1 of senior year.
    • Application components include:
      • Application forms & fee
      • Admission interview with program faculty
      • Two letters of recommendation
      • Essay
      • Proof of updated fingerprinting and background check
      • Official transcript (minimum cumulative GPA of 2.67 and 3.0 in the major)
      • Evidence of passing or waiving the Praxis I testing requirement.

To waive the PRAXIS I requirement, a candidate must have a minimum SAT score of 1100, with verbal and mathematics sub-scores of 450 or higher.

In view of the teacher's role in the school and community, candidates whose relevant academic productivity is marginal or inadequate, who do not embody a socially responsible professional disposition, or who demonstrate unsuitable personal qualities, will not be recommended for continuation in the teacher preparation program, student teaching placement, or state certification. In addition, all prospective and admitted candidates to an undergraduate teacher education program are expected to demonstrate the personal and professional dispositions that are embodied in the Mission Statement of the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions and outlined in the ethical codes of their chosen profession.

Background Check and Fingerprinting

In compliance with Connecticut state law effective July 1, 2010, applicants whose programs of study will require participation in school-based field experiences (i.e., observations, practica, student teaching, internships, etc.) must undergo state and national criminal history background checks before beginning their program of study. View the list of regional educational service centers (RESCs) that are authorized to conduct fingerprinting services and provide the background check results to the Connecticut State Department of Education and local school districts. University students who have a history of a federal or state conviction may be barred from participating in school-based fieldwork and may be exited from their degree program, depending on the nature of the conviction. Students must present the receipt documenting that they have undergone fingerprinting at a RESC to the GSEAP Dean's office (Canisius 102) prior to course registration.

Course Requirements For The Five-Year Integrated Bachelor's-Master's Degree and Certification Programs

Elementary Certification Program
(57 credits: 27 undergraduate, 30 graduate)

Undergraduate Courses (21 credits)

ED 200 Explorations in Education: Introduction to Teaching, Learning and Schooling
ED 241 Educational Psychology
ED 329 Philosophy of Education: An Introduction
ED 350 Special Learners in the Mainstream Classroom 
MD 300 Introduction to Educational Technology
Diversity course from educational studies minor menu
Cognate course from educational studies minor menu

Graduate Courses taken by undergraduates (6 credits)

ED 437 Developing Literacy in the Elementary School: Primary Grades
ED 431 Extending Literacy in the Elementary School: Grades 3-6

Graduate Courses (30 credits)

ED 405 Contexts of Education in the Primary Grades
ED 447 Learning Mathematics in the Elementary Classroom
ED 497 Supporting Science and Health-based Inquiry and Action by Elementary Students
ED 499 Introduction to Educational Research
ED 511 Educating for Social Responsibility and Civic Engagement: A Capstone Seminar
ED 545 Developing Integrated Curriculum for Elementary Students: Inquiry and Action
ED 559 Empowering Struggling Readers And Writers in the Elementary Grades
ED 583 Student Teaching; Immersion in a Community of Practice (six credits)
ED 584 Reflective Practice Seminar: Elementary Education

 

Course Requirements for The Five-Year Integrated Bachelor's-Master's Degree Program in Secondary Education with Initial 7-12 Certification

English Education Track
(54 Credits: 24 undergraduate, 30 graduate)

Undergraduate Courses (18 credits)

ED 200 Explorations in Education: Introduction to Teaching, Learning and Schooling
ED 241 Educational Psychology
ED 329 Philosophy of Education: An Introduction
ED 350 Special Learners in the Mainstream Classroom
Diversity course from educational studies minor menu
Cognate course from educational studies minor menu

Graduate Courses taken by undergraduates (6 credits)

EN 417 Traditional and Structural Grammar (or EN/W 317 Teaching & Learning Grammar)
EN 411 Teaching Writing in the 3-12 Classroom (or EN/W 311 Advanced Composition for Secondary School Teachers)
ED 459 Developmental Reading in the Secondary School

 

Graduate Courses (30 credits)

ED 530 Assessment & Differentiated Instruction
ED 581 Directed Observation and Supervised Student Teaching (6 credits)
ED 589 English Seminar
ED 466 Special Methods in Secondary School English
ED 441 Teaching & Learning within Multicultural Contexts of Education
ED 499 Introduction to Educational Research
EN 405 Literature for Young Adults
MD 413 Technology for Middle Grades Methods

and one of the following:

ED 599 Professional Writing Seminar: Product of Learning (3 credits)
OR
ED 511 Educating for Social Responsibility and Civic Engagement: A Capstone Seminar

Mathematics Education Track

(51 Credits: 21 undergraduate, 30 graduate)

Undergraduate Courses (18 credits)

ED 200 Explorations in Education: Introduction to Teaching, Learning and Schooling
ED 241 Educational Psychology
ED 329 Philosophy of Education: An Introduction
ED 350 Special Learners in the Mainstream Classroom
Diversity course from educational studies minor menu
Cognate course from educational studies minor menu

Graduate Course taken by undergraduates (3 credits)

MD 413 Technology for Middle Grades Methods

Graduate Courses (30 credits)

ED 455 The Literate Learner: Using Critical and Strategic Literacy in the Content Areas, Grades 5-12
ED 464 Mathematics Methods
ED 530 Assessment & Differentiated Instruction
ED 581 Directed Observation and Supervised Student Teaching (6 credits)
ED 591 Mathematics Seminar
ED 499 Introduction to Educational Research

Two graduate-level mathematics courses in statistics and geometry (unless taken) from the mathematics master's program and one of the following:

ED 599 Professional Writing Seminar: Product of Learning (3 credits)
OR
ED 511 Educating for Social Responsibility and Civic Engagement: A Capstone Seminar

Science Education Track
(51 Credits: 21 undergraduate, 30 graduate)

Undergraduate Courses (18 credits)

ED 200 Explorations in Education: Introduction to Teaching, Learning and Schooling
ED 241 Educational Psychology
ED 329 Philosophy of Education: An Introduction
ED 350 Special Learners in the Mainstream Classroom
Diversity course from educational studies minor menu
Cognate course from educational studies minor menu

Graduate Course taken by undergraduates (3 credits)

MD 413 Technology for Middle Grades Methods

Graduate Courses (30 credits)

ED 455 The Literate Learner: Using Critical and Strategic Literacy in the Content Areas, Grades 5-12
ED 530 Assessment & Differentiated Instruction
ED 462 Science Methods
ED 572 Guided Research in Science
ED 573 Independent Study in Science
ED 581 Directed Observation and Supervised Student Teaching (6 credits)
ED 592 Science Seminar
ED 499 Introduction to Educational Research
MD 413 Technology for Middle Grades Methods
 

and one of the following:

ED 599 Professional Writing Seminar: Product of Learning (3 credits)
OR
ED 511 Educating for Social Responsibility and Civic Engagement: A Capstone Seminar

Social Studies Education Track
(51 Credits: 21 undergraduate, 30 graduate)

Undergraduate Courses (18 credits)

ED 200 Explorations in Education: Introduction to Teaching, Learning and Schooling
ED 241 Educational Psychology
ED 329 Philosophy of Education: An Introduction
ED 350 Special Learners in the Mainstream Classroom
Diversity course from educational studies minor menu
Cognate course from educational studies minor menu

Graduate Course taken by undergraduates (3 credits)

MD 413 Technology for Middle Grades Methods

Graduate Courses (30 credits)

ED 455 The Literate Learner: Using Critical and Strategic Literacy in the Content Areas, Grades 5-12
ED 510 Teaching Cultural and Political Geography
OR
ED 515 Teaching Economic and Physical Geography
ED 530 Assessment & Differentiated Instruction

One additional course from menu of approved Graduate level social studies courses
ED 581 Directed Observation and Supervised Student Teaching (6 credits)
ED 468 Social Studies/ History Methods
ED 594 Social Studies Seminar
ED 499 Introduction to Educational Research

and one of the following:

ED 599 Professional Writing Seminar: Product of Learning (3 credits)
OR
ED 511 Educating for Social Responsibility and Civic Engagement: A Capstone Seminar

World Language Education Track
(51 Credits: 21 undergraduate, 30 graduate)

Undergraduate Courses (18 credits)

ED 200 Explorations in Education: Introduction to Teaching, Learning and Schooling
ED 241 Educational Psychology
ED 329 Philosophy of Education: An Introduction
ED 350 Special Learners in the Mainstream Classroom
Diversity course from educational studies minor menu
Cognate course from educational studies minor menu

Graduate Course taken by undergraduates (3 credits)

SL 467 Language Acquisition

Graduate Courses (30 credits)

ED 455 The Literate Learner: Using Critical and Strategic Literacy in the Content Areas, Grades 5-12 
ED 463 World Language Methods
ED 530 Assessment & Differentiated Instruction
ED 581 Directed Observation and Supervised Student Teaching (6 credits)
ED 593 World Language Seminar
ED 499 Introduction to Educational Research
MD 413 Technology for Middle Grades Methods
SL 439 Methods of Foreign Language Teaching for Elementary School
and one of the following:
ED 599 Professional Writing Seminar: Product of Learning (3 credits)

OR

ED 511 Educating for Social Responsibility and Civic Engagement: A Capstone Seminar

The Integrated Bachelor's/Master's with TESOL Certification is not currently accepting applicants.

Certification in K-12 Music Education

Candidates seeking K-12 music certification should confer with both Dr. Laura Nash and Dr. Patricia Calderwood for further information about the required ED and MU courses for certification. They include, but are not limited to:

MU 363 Music Technology for Music Educators
MU 360 Elementary General Music Methods
MU 361 Choral Conducting Methods, and
MU 362 Secondary Instrumental Methods.

Music candidates must also complete an Instrumental Practicum.

Academic Advisement Note

Teacher education candidates should seek academic advisement from the advisor for education certification in their major and an educator advisor to insure that planned program requirements are fulfilled for their major and core requirements, educational studies minor, and their teacher education program.

Minority Teacher Incentive Grants

The Minority Teacher Incentive Grant Program provides up to $5,000 a year for two years of full time study in a teacher preparation program - usually junior or senior year, as long as you are an admitted education minor and complete all the requirements.

As an added bonus, you may receive up to $2,500 a year, for up to four years, to help pay off college loans if you teach in a Connecticut public elementary or secondary school.

To qualify, you must be a full-time college junior or senior of African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian-American, or Native American heritage, and be nominated by the chair of the Educational Studies and Teacher Preparation Department.

For candidates seeking secondary certification concurrent with their undergraduate degree see page 109 of the Fairfield University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog. This option is available for students graduating by May 2014.