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The Minor in Education at UNC-Chapel Hill

In this February, 2012 video, student Nina
Brashears talks about UNC-CH's new Minor in
Education

The School of Education’s Minor in Education is designed to arm students with the capacity to think critically about educational issues and to participate knowledgeably and productively in public debates about them. The Minor in Education explores the history of schooling and its role in a democratic society. It will take students on an exploration of the landscape of education, gaining perspective from students’ own learning processes as a basis for a better understanding of how learning happens. Students participating in the Minor will make connections with other disciplines, integrating perspectives from their major.

Why a Minor in Education at Carolina?

Carolina students care deeply about education. They care about passionately pursuing their own educational opportunities. They also care about society offering the promise of education to others. Evidence for this passion is demonstrated by the fact that UNC-Chapel Hill ranked No. 3 among large schools contributing the most graduating seniors to Teach for America in 2012. Eight percent of Carolina's graduating applied to TFA. TFA hired more Carolina graduates than any other single employer in 2009 and 2010. The minor provides a depth of understanding and experience that is not usually available in teacher education programs. This level of knowledge is an early "leg up" in a teaching career.

The Minor in Education provides undergraduate students considering teaching, including those contemplating service through Teach for America, structured opportunities to observe and work in school classrooms and to investigate current educational issues.*

The Minor in Education informs other careers as well and in these careers professionals work alongside educators and educational institutions to provide knowledge, support, and service. Carolina Education Minor students are future civic leaders who are highly committed to public service and demonstrate an abiding interest in serving under-served populations and their communities. The Minor in Education provides an opportunity to more fully inform you about persistent educational issues and current debates.

What is the Minor in Education?

A sequence of five courses offered in the College of Arts and Sciences and in the School of Education that address a range of educational topics and issues.  The courses would include:  three courses offered by the School of Education; a course outside of the School of Education; and an Education Capstone course.  Students wishing to use transfer or study abroad credits for the Minor in Education should refer to the Minor in Education Transfer Policy.

Which students may be interested?

Students who wish to….

  • Investigate current policy directions, including charter schools and vouchers, school reform models, and private initiatives.
  • Develop the capacity to think critically about current educational issues and participate knowledgeably in public debates about these issues.
  • Learn how schools came to be what they are and the role of schools in a democratic society.
  • Work in schools and other educational settings (e.g., museums and community-based programs, nonprofits, and governmental organizations).
  • Explore professions in education, particularly the diversity of professional opportunities, including teaching.*
  • Understand their own learning process as a basis for understanding learning more generally.

Academic Advising

Academic Advising for students interested in and admitted into the Minor in Education is provided by Kara GrawOzburn (kara@unc.edu).  To schedule an appointment with Kara please use this appointment calendar.

For more information, contact Kara GrawOzburn (kara@unc.edu), Assistant Director of Student Affairs, School of Education, 103 Peabody Hall, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 27599.

*Students who want to pursue certification for teaching careers should consider a major in Education.