Schools, Education, and Society (SES) Minor

The minor in Schools, Education, and Society (SES) is intended for students who have an interest in education but who are not pursuing a teaching license. Students are required to complete 17 hours.

Core Courses for the Minor

The following four courses are required for the SES minor.

  • EDU 201 – Education Policy and Practice. Philosophical, historical, and sociological foundations of education, including analysis of contemporary accountability systems (3h).  (CD, D)
  • EDU 201L – Field Lab I. Practical experiences in classrooms with focus on school and society. Weekly public school experience and seminar. Pass/Fail only. Service Learning.(2h).
  • EDU 311 – Learning and Cognitive Science. Theories and principles of cognition applied to teaching and learning (3h). (CD, D)
  • EDU 368 – Professional Experiences in Education.
    This course offers selected students a placement in an educational setting under the supervision of a professional mentor. During this internship, students examine a critical topic in a local school, a community agency, a nonprofit organization or other educational setting (3h). POI. Pass/fail only.

Additional Courses in the Minor

Students are required to complete at least two of the following courses.

  • EDU 304 – Social Justice Issues in Education. This course facilitates exploration of issues of social justice and schooling from both theoretical and practical perspectives. It includes a focus on multicultural education, global awareness, issues of equity in school funding, urban and rural education, poverty, and marginalized populations (3h).  (CD, D)
  • EDU 307 – Instructional Design, Assessment, and Technology.  Introduction to contemporary technologies and their applications for supporting instruction, assessment, and professional practice (3h).
  • EDU 354 – Content Pedagogy.  Methods, materials, and techniques used in teaching particular secondary subjects (English, mathematics, science, second languages, social studies) (3h).
  • EDU 388 – Writing Pedagogy. This course blends theory and practice, providing students from all content areas with a foundational understanding of writing pedagogy methods and approaches. Topics of study will include writing across the curriculum, writing research and assessment of writing (3h).
  • EDU 395 – Teaching Diverse Learners. This course addresses diversity in the classroom, particularly the needs of English Language Learners (ELL) and Exceptional Populations (EC). It examines differentiated instruction with appropriate instructional and behavioral strategies to meet the needs of all students (3h).
  • EDU 377 – Literacy in the 21st Century. This course examines the impact of emerging literacy trends on 21st century students in a digital, global world. There is specific focus on engaging reluctant and struggling readers (3h).

Graphic representation of the SES minor (PDF).

For more information or if you are considering the SES minor, contact Dr. Scott Baker (bakerrs@wfu.edu) to schedule an advising meeting.