The Undergraduate Education minor is offered through the School of Education and the School of Business, Arts and Sciences. If you are interested in teaching, counseling, or working in any capacity with young people, this minor will give you the basic knowledge on which to build your future. The minor in Education is appropriate for undergraduate students who have an interest in learning or pursuing a future career in the profession of teaching. The Education minor explores teaching practices and learning theories, and through experiential experiences, gives the student the opportunity to observe and participate in real-time classroom activities under the supervision of a licensed teacher. The program of study in the Education minor will introduce students to the profession of Education from historical, sociological, psychological, and structural viewpoints.

In addition to on-campus coursework, students have the option of signing up for a seminar created through AIC’s partnership with Teach Western Mass Urban Pathways Program: EDU 2055 Explorations in Teaching, which provides the experience of working within local classrooms. This course is the chance to experiment and hone skills in the classroom as an educator under the guidance of many supportive mentors. The Education minor consists of eighteen semester credit hours.

In the classroom. In the workforce.

  • EDU2200 Foundations of Education
  • EDU2400 Teaching Methods for Communication and Language Arts
  • EDU3340 Techniques and Strategies for Teaching Mathematics
  • EDU3500 Classroom Management and Behavioral Analysis for Teachers
  • EDU3650 Teaching Methods for Inquiry-Based Social Studies, History, and Science

Choose one

  • EDU2055 Explorations in Teaching Seminar
  • EDU3700 Responding to Diversity and Inclusion in the Urban Classroom


Optional: EDU2103 MTEL Preparation

Course Descriptions

In this course, we will explore the historical foundations and theories upon which public education is based. We will analyze the relationship between schools and the societies in which they exist. Our study will include a historical perspective and a sociological perspective that focuses on social structures, current social issues, social justice, and a real-world perspective that we get from the views of current educators. PREREQUISITE: None

This course will provide students with opportunities to reflect on and assimilate linguistic concepts and language structure. We will cover the basics of reading and writing as well as the purposes of receptive and written language. Students will create multisensory lesson plans that demonstrate their understanding.  This course is designed for students considering teaching at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. PREREQUISITE: EDU2200

This course introduces techniques and strategies for teaching mathematics following the Mass State Standards for curriculum and instruction.  Constructivist lesson planning which engages students individually and in small groups will be emphasized. PREREQUISITE: EDU2200

This course introduces classroom management techniques and strategies for teaching. Students will learn strategies to manage challenging behaviors, build relationships with students, teach self-regulation, create a positive learning environment, and create a pro-social classroom culture. PREREQUISITE: EDU2200

This course introduces the Methods for teaching Social Studies, History and Science and Inquiry-Based approaches following the Mass State Standards for curriculum and instruction. Constructivist lesson planning which engages students individually and in small groups will be emphasized.  PREREQUISITE: EDU2200

This seminar is the culminating course in the foundation year of the Teach Western Mass (TWM) Urban Education Pathway Program experience. It will include a study of current research in social-emotional learning (SEL) as well as first-hand observations and experiences in local schools’ implementation of SEL. Guest speakers from TWM partner schools will share district, school and classroom-level insights connecting current research to the effects on student learning. Following the orientation and in-classroom experience, the seminar will connect hands-on learning to readings and discussions. Students (Urban Ed Scholars) will draw on their own experiences as students, their classroom internship, readings, and presentations from guests to reflect on the impact that SEL has on academic success and personal growth. This course is open only to Scholars in the Urban Ed Pathway.

In this course we will explore the specific challenges facing educators in today’s urban classrooms. We will analyze the relationship between schools and the society in which they exist. Our studies will encourage us to expand our understandings of diversity and the needs specific to urban school settings. (This course may substitute for EDU2055). PREREQUISITE: EDU2200

The MTEL preparatory course is a seven-week, one credit course that prepares students for the communication and literacy portion of the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL). While the course focuses on writing, reading, and the various types of MTEL questions, emphasis is placed on writing fundamentals (grammar, mechanics, and punctuation) and reading comprehension. Students write and edit essays, read and summarize passages, learn test-taking strategies and take practice exams. Students take the Communication and Literacy MTELs at the conclusion of the course.

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