Educational Studies (EDUC)
Guided by the assumption that an understanding of educational values, policies, and practices is a legitimate and important part of liberal arts studies, Carleton offers a program of courses which, with the exception of student teaching, are open to all students. No major is offered; however, we do offer an interdisciplinary concentration for those students who are especially interested in educational studies but not necessarily in public school teaching.
Students may qualify for 5-12 teaching licensure in the State of Minnesota in communication arts, mathematics, earth and space science, life science, and social studies. 7-12 licensure is offered in chemistry and physics. K-12 licensure is offered in world languages (French, German, Spanish) and visual arts. Earning licensure requires: completion of an approved Carleton major, other subject area courses not required by the Carleton major and/or specific courses within the major, a specified program of educational studies courses (see the Teacher Education Handbook), and student teaching in the major field, usually in a "13th Term."
Students interested in pursuing teaching licensure should obtain a handbook from the department office and should consult with a member of the education faculty early in their sophomore year. There may be occasional courses offered at St. Olaf through the inter-registration process. Students are encouraged to make formal application for admission to the teacher education program during the spring term of their sophomore year.
Carleton's licensure programs are approved by the Board of Teaching of the Minnesota Department of Education.
Educational Studies Courses
EDUC 110. Introduction to Educational Studies This course will focus on education as a multidisciplinary field of study. We will explore the meanings of education within individual lives and institutional contexts, learn to critically examine the assumptions that writers, psychologists, sociologists and philosophers bring to the study of education, and read texts from a variety of disciplines. What has "education" meant in the past? What does "education" mean in contemporary American society? What might "education" mean to people with differing circumstances and perspectives? And what should "education" mean in the future? Open only to first-and second-year students. 6 cr., SS, WR; SI, WR2, IDS, Fall,SpringJ. Snyder
EDUC 225. Issues in Urban Education This course will explore the unique qualities that make city schools places of great richness and diversity, as well as places that face financial challenges and declining enrollment. We will explore race, culture, language, and curricular developments in many cities in the United States that have placed urban schools in the forefront of innovative educational leadership. We will read and discuss research on the importance of outreach to communities around a school. Other topics for class reading include the effect of funding inequities on urban schools, political ramifications and their direct effect on children, and the effect of tracking on all students. Prerequisite: one previous educational studies course. 6 cr., SS; SI, IDS, QRE, Not offered in 2012-2013.
EDUC 234. Educational Psychology Human development and learning theories are studied in relation to the teaching-learning process and the sociocultural contexts of schools. Three hours outside of class per week are devoted to observing learning activities in public school elementary and secondary classrooms and working with students. No prerequisite. 6 cr., SS; SI, FallD. Appleman
EDUC 238. Multicultural Education: Race, Gender and Education This course focuses on the respect for human diversity, especially as these relate to various racial, cultural and economic groups, and to women. It includes lectures and discussions intended to aid students in relating to a wide variety of persons, cultures, and life styles. 6 cr., SS, RAD; SI, IDS, WinterJ. Snyder
EDUC 242. Developing Education Policy for Access and Equity This course is designed to engage students in an exploration of the promise of our democracy to educate everyone for the Common Good. It seeks a critical understanding of the so-called achievement gap. Students will look at public schools in the United States and determine how well they are interpreting and executing this mandate to create citizens both willing and able to sustain and improve the Republic. We will also look at TIMMS, PISA, OECD and other international data to compare our schooling system to systems in other countries. 6 cr., SS; SI, IDS, QRE, SpringS. Jongewaard
EDUC 245. The History of American School Reform This course explores major issues in the history of school reform in the United States, with an emphasis on the twentieth century. Readings and discussions examine the role of education in American society, the various and often competing goals of school reformers, and the dynamics of educational change. With particular focus on the American high school, this course looks at why so much reform has produced so little change. 6 cr., SS; SI, WinterJ. Snyder
EDUC 250. Fixing Schools: Politics and Policy in American Education This course will survey current approaches to educational change. Students will explore the current systems and structures that constitute the policy framework, scrutinize the assumptions and ideological underpinnings of different political camps, and examine the dynamic interactions between and among those shaping American education. Additionally, they will look at various reform efforts and models, considering their use in the effort to transform schools. Prerequisite: Educational Studies 110 or by permission of instructor. 6 cr., SS; SI, SpringJ. Snyder
EDUC 254. Teaching Exceptional Students This course considers the identification, planning, non-discriminatory testing and instruction of exceptional students. The course includes the topics: the needs and rights of exceptional students, speech/language impaired students, hearing impaired students, visually impaired students, physically impaired students, gifted and talented students, learning disabled students, and emotionally disturbed students. Prerequisite: Educational Studies 234. 3 cr., ND; NE, IDS, SpringA. Leming
EDUC 335. Educational Research: Cultural Capital and Carleton In our data-driven world, individuals who are able to critically read and produce quality research are in powerful positions to effect educational change. What changes have the greatest promise? Once change is implemented, does it actually live up to that promise? This course will provide an introductory experience to being an educational researcher. Students will distinguish cases in which qualitative or quantitative research methods are warranted; examine the literature and identify gaps; and prepare a research plan. The topic of study will be the influence of cultural capital in the ways Carleton students study or choose courses of study. Prerequisite: One Educational Studies course or permission of the instructor. 6 cr., SS; FSR, IDS, QRE, FallA. Nixon
EDUC 340. Race, Immigration and Urban Schools This course explores the important role that public schools, particularly in urban areas, have played in the American national imagination as the way to socialize students about what it means to be American and to prepare them to participate as citizens in a democracy. Focusing on two periods of high rates of immigration into the U.S. (1890-1920 and 1965-present), the course examines how public schools have attempted to Americanize newly arrived immigrant children as well as to socialize racial minority children into the American mainstream. 6 cr., SS, RAD; SI, IDS, Not offered in 2012-2013.
EDUC 344. Teenage Wasteland: Adolescence and the American High School Is adolescence real or invented? How does the American high school affect the nature of American adolescence? How does adolescence affect the characteristics of middle and high schools? In addition to treating the concept historically, this interdisciplinary course focuses on psychological, sociological, and literary views of adolescence in and out of the classroom. We will also analyze how adolescence is represented in popular culture, including television, film, and music. Prerequisite: 100 or 200 level education course. 6 cr., SS; SI, Not offered in 2012-2013.
EDUC 348. Methods of Teaching Social Studies Structure, methodology, strategies, and materials for teaching sociology-anthropology, psychology, economics, political science, geography and history in grades 5-12. Prerequisites: Senior standing and permission of the instructor. 6 cr., ND; NE, WinterS. Jongerwaard
EDUC 353. Schooling and Opportunity in American Society This course is concerned with both the role of schools in society and the impact of society on schools. It deals with race, ethnicity, sex, social class and other factors which influence school achievement, and also examines the widespread assumption that the expansion of schooling can increase equality of opportunity in society. 6 cr., SS; SI, IDS, QRE, Not offered in 2012-2013.
EDUC 355, 356. Student Teaching Fulltime teaching in middle and high school under supervision. Prerequisites: 13th term licensure candidate, special methods in teaching area, and permission of instructor. 6 cr., S/CR/NC, ND; NE, FallD. Appleman
EDUC 365. Democracy, Diversity, and Education A junior-level seminar, the course will examine various theories about the relationship between democracy and education and the role of American public schools in creating a citizenry for a democratic society. The first half of the course will explore theorists who have written about the relationship between education and democracy and the second half will explore a case study (which will vary from year to year) to examine how this relationship actually unfolds in our educational system. Prerequisite: A 100 or 200 level Educational Studies course, or permission of instructor. 6 cr., SS; SI, Offered in alternate years. Not offered in 2012-2013.
EDUC 379. Methods of Literacy Instruction This course introduces students to a variety of approaches and perspective in teaching English language arts in grades 5-12. We will explore methodologies and issues surrounding the teaching of reading, literature, language and composition in middle and high schools. In addition to the usual course components of reading, writing, and discussion approximately one day per week outside of class time will be devoted to observation and mini-teaching in 5-12 grade English classes in the Twin Cities. Prerequisites: Senior English major, permission of the instructor and Educational Studies 234. 6 cr., ND; NE, WinterD. Appleman
EDUC 385. Schooling and Communities: A Practicum for Teacher Candidates This course provides licensure candidates with an opportunity to work directly in schools and community organizations related to schools and to reflect on that experience in a classroom setting. Prerequisites: Acceptance into teacher education program and registration for fall student teaching. 3 cr., ND; NE, SpringC. Oehmke
EDUC 386. Teaching Reading in the Content Areas This course is required for all students pursuing teacher licensure, regardless of content area. The course provides a theoretical and practical foundation for helping secondary teachers learn to provide specific instructional support for secondary readers. The course will cover instruction in phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and text comprehension. Theoretical instruction will be combined with a clinical tutoring experience. Prerequisite: Educational Studies 234 and acceptance in Teacher Licensure Program. 3 cr., ND; NE, SpringC. Oehmke
EDUC 395. Senior Seminar This is a research and design seminar for educational studies concentrators. It focuses on a contemporary issue in American education. Recent seminars have been on educational reform and reformers, service learning, literacy leaders in education, education and the emotions, and personal essays about education. Some off campus work with public school students and teachers is an integral part of the seminar. Prerequisite: Educational Studies concentrator or permission of the instructor. 6 cr., SS; NE, SpringD. Appleman