Educational Studies (EDUST)

EDUST-203 Teaching Children Science: College Students in the Elementary Classroom

Fall. Credits: 4

This course is designed for science students with interests in teaching and learning with children. It will focus on research, theory and practice pertinent to science education, linking scientific information gained in college classes to children's learning of scientific phenomena. Weekly class meetings (from 1-3 hours) will include laboratory and off-site field investigations. Each student will also become a 'Science Buddy' at a local elementary school, assisting children with hands-on science experiences for at least 1 hour each week.

Crosslisted as: BIOL-203
Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
Other Attribute(s): Community-Based Learning
R. Fink
Instructor permission required.
Prereq: One year of any college science (in any discipline), at least one lab course.

EDUST-221 Self-Awareness in Education

Fall. Credits: 4

Educators bring our whole selves when entering educational spaces. With us, we bring lived experiences and social identities as well as expectations, ideals, and emotional reactions to oppression (Adams et al., 2007). Whether implementing a curriculum or policy, this course will assist future educators and policy makers in exploring social identities within their intended roles in education. Frameworks and theories around oppression and liberation will be used for reflection and action related to racism, classism, gender, and adultism.

Applies to requirement(s): Social Sciences
Other Attribute(s): Speaking-Intensive, Writing-Intensive
J. Matos
Notes: Weekly reflections and a final project required.

EDUST-250 Special Topics in Educational Studies

EDUST-250ED Special Topics in Educational Studies: Philosophy of Education'

Fall. Credits: 4

The purpose, goal and shape of educational institutions, policies and methods have been central preoccupations for millennia. This course considers a variety of questions concerning education that are related to different parts of philosophy: epistemology (What kind of 'knowledge' should be taught at different educational levels? How do we differentiate 'truth' and 'education' from 'propaganda' and 'indoctrination'?), ethics (What is 'moral virtue'? Can it be taught? If so, is this an appropriate educational goal?), and social and political philosophy (What is the relationship between schools and the broader society? Should education be a fundamentally subversive activity?)

Crosslisted as: PHIL-250ED
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
Other Attribute(s): Writing-Intensive
T. White

EDUST-290 Capstone in Educational Studies

Fall and Spring. Credits: 2

This two-credit independent study course, which is the culminating experience of the educational studies minor, requires analysis and synthesis of key ideas that emerged during focused study in the minor. Students will work with a faculty advisor of the Educational Studies Program Committee as they plan, write, and present a capstone paper.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
J. Jacoby, J. Matos
Instructor permission required.
Prereq: EDUC-205 and permission of instructor.

EDUST-295 Independent Study

Fall and Spring. Credits: 1 - 4

The department
Instructor permission required.

EDUST-339 Seminar in Educational Studies

EDUST-339EP Seminar in Educational Studies: 'Educational Policy'

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

In this course, students will explore educational policy including why policy-making and policies matter, what makes compelling evidence to various stakeholders, ways to identify levers for change, and the negotiation processes. We will consider local, state, federal policy, and international comparative cases. Students will analyze the ways in which policy, practice, and theory intersect or diverge, and why. Beyond course materials, students will choose a topic, draft and revise a written policy brief, as well as practice pitching policy through spoken word.

Applies to requirement(s): Social Sciences
Other Attribute(s): Speaking-Intensive, Writing-Intensive
B. Packard
Restrictions: This course is open to juniors and seniors
Advisory: One 200-level course in Educational Studies or relevant area recommended.

EDUST-351 Topics in Education

EDUST-351PR Topics in Education: 'Teaching STEM in Puerto Rico'

Spring. Credits: 4

This course will prepare students to deliver STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculum to female youth in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Students will learn about the history of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rican culture, diaspora and migration, post-hurricane Maria life, curriculum development, and group dynamics and norms. Weekly Rosetta Stone quizzes, lesson and unit plan development, and journaling, are course requirements.

Applies to requirement(s): Social Sciences
Other Attribute(s): Speaking-Intensive, Writing-Intensive
J. Matos
Restrictions: This course is limited to sophomores and juniors.
Instructor permission required.
Notes: It's expected that students in this class will travel to Puerto Rico to teach for the month of July. They will also attend training sessions at Mount Holyoke for the last two weeks of June before traveling to Puerto Rico. Students should apply for Lynk funding for this summer experience.

EDUST-395 Independent Study

Fall and Spring. Credits: 1 - 8

The department
Instructor permission required.