This interdisciplinary minor is designed for students who have a broadly defined interest in the field of education (e.g., youth development and learning; sociocultural theory applied to schooling, families and youth; youth subcultures; comparative education; fine and dramatic arts pedagogies; public education policy; environmental education; pediatric health; recreation and athletics; museum or community-based education). The minor in educational studies can benefit students who are interested in making unique connections to their major area of study as well as students who are interested in exploring careers in education. Many graduate programs and career paths such as museum studies, public policy, counseling and sociology recognize the value of academic preparation in the field of education.
Students who participate in the educational studies minor are not required to be admitted into the Shurmur Center for Teacher Development/Teacher Education Program. The minor in educational studies is a generalized study of the field of education and does not lead to teacher certification. Students who complete teacher certification at Albion College are not eligible for the minor in educational studies.
The minor in teaching English as a second language (TESL) provides students with a framework for conceptualizing language learning as well as the knowledge and skills to teach English as a second language in various settings. The TESL minor provides opportunities for making global connections to students’ major areas of study and develops skills and competencies for working in diverse ethnolinguistic communities in the U.S. or abroad.
This interdisciplinary TESL minor is designed as an option for all Albion College students, whether enrolled in the teacher education program (TEP) with an elementary, secondary or K-12 concentration or not. Students who are interested in declaring a TESL minor must schedule an appointment with the chair of the Education Department to discuss their plan of study and options. Please note: Education 202, 371, 373, 382 and 398 are accompanied by a field experience placement in public schools, or other educational settings, and require completion of: (1) Albion College criminal history check, (2) Internet Criminal History Access Tool search, and (3) Albion College educational records check.
*May require a prerequisite. Students with demonstrated foreign/second language learning will complete the foreign/second language requirement beginning at the appropriate placement level as determined by the Modern Languages and Cultures Department. Students who demonstrate native or near-native fluency in a language other than English will meet the requirement by successfully completing the requirement in a new language (i.e., a native speaker of Japanese may complete course(s) in German).
Those students not seeking admission to the TEP would not be eligible to be endorsed with teaching ESL on initial teacher certification in Michigan; however, they would receive an Albion College certificate of completion of the TESL minor study program. This certificate can be reviewed by TESOL and recognized as meeting international TESL standards.
Students seeking admission to the TEP may also complete the requirements for the TESL minor as part of completing either the elementary, secondary or K-12 teacher certification.
Cross-Cultural Comparisons and Perspectives (1 unit)
Anthropology & Sociology 231: Understanding Media in a Globalized World (1)
Anthropology & Sociology 336: Social Psychology: Sociological Perspectives (1)
Communication Studies 303: Organizational Culture and Communication (1)
Communication Studies 313: Intercultural Communication (1)
International Studies 130: Introduction to International Studies (1)
International Studies 370: Building on International and Intercultural Experiences (1)
Philosophy 309: International Ethics and Global Development (1)
Political Science 103: Introduction to International Politics (1)
Political Science 336: International Relations (1)
Political Science 256: Human Rights (1)
Political Science 357: International Law and Politics (1)
Women's and Gender Studies 116: Introduction to Gender Studies (1)
Women's and Gender Studies 240: Sexualities, Histories and Culture (1)