Education Applied Minor (AM)

Educators must be able to understand development and the learning process, connect with their students, and think critically about classrooms and institutions. The applied minor in education supports you in threading all of these elements together, connecting coursework with practical experience.

Program details

Through a variety of courses and a practicum, you will explore issues in teaching and learning from historical, political, philosophical and practical perspectives. You’ll also be able to individualize your experience to fit your specific interests in teaching and learning while participating in the common experience of exploring educational issues critically.

Applied minors (AMs) are distinctive programs allowing you to personalize your education and to help you make direct connections between academic interests and co-curricular activities.

Learn more about applied minors.


One of the following two courses is required:

  • EDUC 120 Foundations of Education
  • EDUC 248 Theory and Practice


Four of the following courses — at least one course outside of the Social Science Division:

Social Science Division courses

  • EDUC 120 Foundations of Education (if not taken as one of the required courses above)
  • EDUC 248 Theory and Practice (if not taken as one of the required courses above)
  • PSYC 230 Human Development
  • PSYC 373 Moral Education
  • PSYC 377 Positive Psychology

Courses from other divisions

  • EDUC 310 Experiential Education
  • ENSU 320 Pedagogies of Place
  • MATH 120 Elementary Statistics
  • MUSE 215 Engaging Audiences with Outreach and Interpretation
  • SPAN 306 Spanish Linguistics, Language and Pedagogy
  • TESO 334 Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching
  • Note: The English department has decided to create a new course with a pedagogical bent to hopefully be approved and then added to this list.


Co-curricular activity

You’ll be encouraged to suggest a co-curricular activity (in an educational setting) that is personalized to your interests. Some examples are:

  • Twenty hours observing and assisting in a school classroom, supervised by classroom teacher. Local school placements must be completed by Master of Arts in Teaching faculty and staff.
  • Twenty hours observing and assisting in educational activities (sports, clubs, tutoring, etc.), a local community organization (Girls Inc., Amigos, or Boys and Girls clubs. etc.), supervised by program directors. Placements should be designed in consultation with Earlham College education faculty.
  • Twenty hours of coaching, or observing or assisting with coaching at a local school or community organization, supervised by head coach. Placements should be designed in consultation with Earlham College education faculty.


Culminating experience

You will complete a presentation of learning. The purpose of the presentation of learning is to draw from the varied courses as well as the co-curricular practicum to synthesize and share what has been learned. This could be a presentation at a colloquium or a poster or presentation at an Earlham Educational Forum, etc.

View a full list of courses and their descriptions.

Our faculty

Questions about the education applied minor should be directed to the program coordinator, Cammi Fulvi.

Have questions?

Learn more about declaring your interest in an applied minor and find answers to other questions you may not even know you have.

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