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About the Curriculum for the Minor in Education

The education minor courses may be loosely grouped into topical areas, such as Culture, Curriculum and Teacher Education; Educational Policy, Organization, and Leadership; and Learning, Development and Psychological Sciences. Selecting courses with general topical areas allows students to choose courses to pursue the student's individual interests. However, students are not required to do this. Education is highly interdisciplinary and studying across areas is highly recommended.

Students pursuing the minor in education complete their studies with a capstone course. It is offered in both the Fall and the Spring of each year. This course is to be taken in the last semester of studies for the minor. No more than one other course that will count for the minor may be taken in the semester a student enrolls in the capstone course. The capstone course has two purposes: 1. to discuss issues and ideas in education that will help the student be articulate in the educational debates of today and 2. to conduct an inquiry into a topic or project of interest to the student in the field of education, broadly defined. The project will culminate in a final paper and public presentation at Education Minor Inquiry Symposium held at the end of each semester during the Academic Year.

List of School of Education courses for the Minor in Education

Below is a list of courses offered by the School of Education that may count toward the Minor in Education.   These are the only School of Education courses that are approved to count toward the Education Minor.

Also included is a list of the College of Arts and Sciences courses that have been approved to count toward the minor in Education.

Note: Additional School of Education courses are being planned and will be added to the Minor’s list of courses as they are approved.

School of Education courses

EDUC 505: Leadership in Educational/Nonprofit Setting (3) Prerequisite: None. This course introduces students to a research-based, highly practical understanding of leadership frames/styles prominent in education and nonprofit organizations and continued student engagement with various leadership models and principles. Gen Ed: SS

EDUC 506: Politics, Policymaking and America's Schools (3) Prerequisite: None. Through extensive case study and conversations with policy actors, students will learn the stages model of policy making and understand conflicting values that play out in policy decisions. Gen Ed: SS

EDUC 508: Equity, Leadership and You (3) Prerequisite: None This course was developed to confront and address questions of global cultural competence and self-critique. Culturally competent leaders work to understand their own biases and patterns of discrimination. Gen Ed: SS

EDUC 509: Helping Youth Thrive in K-12 Schools (3) Prerequisite: None Learn strengths-oriented approaches in education practice, research, and policy. The course takes up contemporary literature on positive psychology, developmental assets, resiliency, cultural competence, school readiness, school engagement/ connectedness, and positive youth development. Gen Ed: SS

EDUC 510: Mexican American/Chican@ Experience in Education (3) Prerequisite: None. This course examines the political, cultural, and historical dimensions of the Mexican American/Chican@ experience in education. A critical exploration of K-12 schools, higher education, and various social initiatives intended to address inequities in education for Mexican Americans/Chican@s will also be a key focus of this class.

EDUC 511: The Politics of Reading (3) Prerequisite: None. Course explores the politics and policies involved in literacy curriculum and pedagogy. Critical policy analysis is used as a tool to explore and understand the political issues involved in teaching young children to read and write.

EDUC 521: Schools, Cultures, and Communities I: Youth (3) Prerequisite: None. Focus on youth in schools. This course considers the history and present lives of youth, primarily as teenagers/adolescents. It seeks recognition and understanding of the uniqueness of their lives.

EDUC 522: Schools, Cultures and Communities II: Schools (3) Prerequisite: None. Course focuses on schools and educational issues as they relate to practices and policies. Fulfills central ideas of the minor in education in consideration of the history and present conditions of schooling in a democratic society.

EDUC 524: Learning on the Edge: Theories of Experiential Education (3) Prerequisite: None. This course examines experiential education in a variety of settings. Students will explore the role experiential education currently plays and suggest new roles in a chosen field of study. Gen Ed: EE-Field Work

EDUC 525: Human Abilities and Learning Online (3) Prerequisite: None. Learn about the scientific basis of thinking and learning and what this implies for guiding children and adults, for personal development and for building environments that help people learn and grow successfully in a rapidly changing technological world. Gen Ed: SS

EDUC 526: Ethics and Education: From Global Problems to Classroom Dilemmas (3) Prerequisite: None. Among the topics examined are ethical implications of democratic schooling for a democratic society, educators as moral agents, and education as an institution with incumbent responsibilities. Students explore the explicit and implied ethics of education and schooling as they relate to policy makers, educators, and citizens concerned about social justice.

EDUC 527: Screen Education: Representations of Education in Popular Culture (3) Prerequisite: None. Explore and analyze how education has been represented in popular culture. "Education" refers to teachers, students, principals, other educators, and the everyday processes of schooling, and "popular culture" refers to school films (fictional films), school documentaries, television shows, music videos and song lyrics, animation, and other media forms.

EDUC 528: Exceptionality Across the Life Span (3) Prerequisite: None Course provides methods for supporting exceptional individuals across the age span. Resources for supporting families, including parenting skills, from birth through adulthood will be described.

EDUC 529: Education in American Society (3) Prerequisite: None. Explore history of American schools to inform students' understandings of contemporary schools. Examine policies, issues, and controversies through a chronological examination of schools and society.

EDUC 533: Social Justice in Education (3). Spring Only. Prerequisite: None. Course examines how education can help create more fair and just societies, ultimately contributing to high performing educational systems internationally. Students explore multiple perspectives on social justice; examine efforts at local, state, national, and global levels; and learn to articulate efforts in classrooms and schools with wider community initiatives. Gen Ed: SS, US

EDUC 567: Children's Literature in Elementary and Middle Schools (3) Prerequisite: None Explores literature in the contexts of interdisciplinary elementary and middle school curricula and the interests and needs of children and young adolescents. Topics include reader-response theory, censorship, Internet resources, school resources, and methods. Gen Ed: LA, CI

EDUC 697: Capstone Course (3) Prerequisite: Completion of three of the other courses that count towards the Minor in Education. The capstone course culminates classes in the minor. Student completes a major project in education. Course involves discussion about the changing and contested goals of education, how student projects are implicated in these complexities, and how the projects may be articulated in terms of policy change. Gen Ed: EE-Mentored Research

School of Education courses - Special Topics

EDUC 390 courses are special topics courses that are awaiting the assignment of a permanent number.

The 390 courses listed here can all be counted toward the “Education Course” requirement as part of the Education Minor.

If as an Education Minor student, you choose to enroll in one of these 390 courses, please email Audrey Fulton (abfulton@email.unc.edu), Director of Undergraduate Advising in the School of Education, and request the completion a Tar Heel Tracker Adjustment request. The submission of this request will allow the course to be reflected properly within ConnectCarolina/the Tar Heel Tracker.

EDUC 390 - Section 001: Special Topics in Education - Public Pedagogy (3) Public Pedagogy refers to the teaching and learning that takes place beyond the traditional institutions of education (schools, colleges, and universities). This course explores the permeation of public pedagogy throughout our society, focusing mainly on the role that media play in the public pedagogical process.
TR 2:00PM - 3:15PM
Instructor: Jim Trier

EDUC 390 - Section 003: Special Topics in Education - Informal Science Learning (3) The STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines are well-represented in informal education. In this course, participants will explore various methodologies within informal science education and critique the role these places play in the education ecosystem.
T 2:00PM - 4:45PM
Instructor: Todd Boyette

EDUC 390 - Section 004: Special Topics in Education - African-American Education (3) This course examines previous and present eras in American Education from a critical race perspective. Critiques will feature dominant or majoritarian narratives (widely adopted accounts often taught as part of an institution’s curriculum) and counter narratives in regards to racism with the education of Blacks in America serving as a case example.
TR 9:30AM - 10:45AM
Instructor: Eileen Parsons

EDUC 390 - Section 008: Special Topics in Education – Art, Education, and Social Change (3) In this course, we will explore the function and history of art in educational and social change movements. The course takes a critical approach to examine various forms of art (visual art, theater, music, dance, etc.) and expression as they relate to education.
TR 3:30PM - 4:45PM
Instructor: Alison LaGarry

College of Arts and Sciences courses

The following courses have been approved to count toward the Minor in Education.

COMM 318: Cultural Diversity (3) Prerequisite: None. Introduction to basic paradigms of thinking about cultural difference, encouraging students to examine how these paradigms shape how we think, act, and imagine ourselves/others as members of diverse cultures. Gen Ed: CI, US

ENGL 291: Children’s Picture Books: Texts and Illustrations (3) Prerequisite: None. An investigation of children's picture books within the context of illustrated texts in Britain and America. Gen Ed: CI, US

HIST 367: North Carolina History since 1865 (3) Prerequisite: None. The history of North Carolina from the end of the Civil War to the present. Important topics include Reconstruction, agrarian protests, disfranchisement and segregation, industrialization and workers' experience, the civil rights movement, and 20th-century politics. Gen Ed: HS, NA

PLCY 530: Educational Problems and Policy Solutions (3) Prerequisite: None. A critical review of current debates and policy solutions in education. Topics analyzed through three of the most commonly used evaluative criteria in policy analysis: equity, efficiency, and effectiveness. Topics covered include equality of educational opportunity, racial segregation, the black-white test score gap, school choice, and the use of student and teacher incentives to promote increased performance. Lecture, case studies, discussion.

PSYC 250: Child Development (3) Prerequisite: PSYC 101. Study of the development of social and intellectual behavior in normal children and the processes that underlie this development. Emphasis is typically on theory and research. Gen Ed: SS, US

PSYC 471: The Study of Adolescent Development Issues and Development (3) Prerequisites: PSYC 101, 210 and 250. The developmental period of adolescence is studied from a multidisciplinary perspective. The course will distinguish among early, middle and late adolescence and will cover several theoretical perspectives.

SOCI 130: Family and Society (3) Prerequisite: None. Comparative analysis of kinship systems and family relations. Courtship, marriage, and parent-child relations viewed within a life-cycle framework. Students may not receive credit for both this course and SOCI 425. Gen Ed: SS

SOCI 423: Sociology of Education, Experiential Education (3) Prerequisite: None. An overview of theory and research on education and schooling, with an emphasis on inequalities in educational opportunities, education as a social institution, and the changing context of schools and schooling. Substantial field work for experiential education. Students may not receive credit for both SOCI 423 and SOCI 426. Gen Ed: SS, EE-Service Learning

SOCI 425: Family and Society, Junior/Senior Section (3) Prerequisite: None. A special version of SOCI 130 (see above) for juniors, seniors, and beginning graduate students. Students may not receive credit for both this course and SOCI 130.

SOCI 426: Sociology of Education (3) Prerequisite: None. An overview of theory and research on education and schooling with an emphasis on inequalities in educational opportunities, education as a social institution, and the changing context of schools and schooling. Students may not receive credit for both SOCI 423 and SOCI 426. Gen Ed: SS