Graduate School of Education

Undergraduate Minor in Education

David Archer and EDUC minor class

The Education Minor provides undergraduate students at Binghamton University with insight into careers in educational fields and is taken in conjunction with a student's major area of study. The minor provides a strong foundation for further work in education at the graduate level and provides pertinent information and experiences that expands the students' understanding of career opportunities as classroom teachers, educational and career counselors, school building, district and business administrators, education law, or other potential educational careers in settings in New York, across the U.S., and internationally.

Because children and youth in our schools need the very best teachers, admission is competitive. We  will consider GPA and letters of interest as main criteria in judging who is admitted to the minor. 

Application Deadline:

Students may apply as early as Fall of their sophomore year to begin courses in the Spring of their sophomore year. The application deadline is April 15th for the following fall and November 15th for the following spring. Students may apply at other times, with Education Minor Coordinator permission.

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Course Work

The Educational Studies Minor consists of 16 credits at the 300 level or above with two required courses and two elective courses. Any courses that are or will be offered by the Graduate School of Education can be taken for the minor with Departmental Approval. Note: Students must receive at least a "C" grade for courses (or "Pass" if students take EDUC 491 or EDUC 497) to fulfill requirements for the minor.

Required Education Courses  for the Minor- 8 credits

EDUC 406 Teaching, Learning, and Schooling 4 credits
EDUC 410 Current Issues in  Education 4 credits

Elective Education Courses  for the Minor- 8 credits
(choose two courses from the following.  These courses may not be offered each semester)

 SPED 411       Introduction to Special Education 4 credits
 SPED 465  Personality and Behavioral Disorders in Childhood 4 credits
 LTRC  415  Foundations of Literacy Learning and Instruction 4 credits
 LTRC  417  Introduction to Children's Literature 4 credits
 EDUC 408  History of Education 4 credits
 EDUC 420X  Teaching and Learning in a Diverse World 4 credits
 EDUC 430  Adolescent Development 4 credits
 EDUC 444  Leadership and Communication for the Modern  Educator 4 credits
 EDUC 445  Basic Educational Statistics 4 credits
 ELED  480A  Integrating Music and Arts in the Elementary Classroom 4 credits
 EDUC 480B  Educ Policy and School Reform and Education 4 credits
 EDUC 480X  Social Problems of Adolescence 4 credits
 EDUC 491  Education Minor Internship 4 credits 
 EDUC 497  Independent Study Variable
 EDUC 499  Undergraduate Research in Education Variable

Students may also count the following courses as electives. Please note that these courses are often limited to majors in these areas or may require instructor approval.

 HDEV 305 Child Development 4 credits
 HDEV 306 Adolescent Development 4 credits
 HDEV 331 Multicultural Psychology 4 credits
 HDEV 335 Gender, Development,and Education 4 credits
 HDEV 348 Politics of Education 4 credits
 HDEV 369 American Education in a Globalized Society 4 credits
 HDEV 400 Social Justice 4 credits
 HDEV 367 Children, Family, Education Policy 4 credits
 HDEV 371 Aggression in Youth and Children 4 credits
 PSYC 356 Learning 4 credits
 PSYC 358 Cognition 4 credits
 ENG 380P Contemporary Adolescent Literature 4 credits
 PHIL 480R Philosophy of Education 4 credits
 NURS 322 The Client System of Nursing 4 credits
Also Possible    
 Various Study Abroad Opportunities  
 Various Internships  
 Various Independent Study  

Under specific circumstances undergrads may enroll in one or more graduate courses. Please review the Binghamton University guidelines on undergraduate enrollment in graduate courses. The GSE advisor and course instructor must provide permission for a course cross-listed as graduate level to count as credit in a graduate program.

Education Programs in the Graduate School of Education

The Graduate School of Education offers programs leading to New York State Certification in the following areas: Childhood/Early Childhood with additional New York State certificates in Special Education or Literacy; Secondary programs in English, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Science, or Social Studies. If you are interested in applying to one of these graduate programs after you graduate, please click-on one of the programs of interest so that you may better prepare to meet the entry requirements for each of these programs. Entry into these programs is competitive.

Pre-Service Programs (leading to initial certification)

Childhood & Early Childhood Education (Birth to Grade 6) - MSEd degree

Adolescence Education (Grades 7-12) - MAT degree

English - MAT

Foreign Languages (French & Spanish) - MAT ---  also see BA/MAT degree option

Mathematics - MAT --- also see BA/MAT degree option


    Biology - MAT ---  also see BA/MAT degree option
    Chemistry - MAT ---  also see BA/MAT degree option
    Earth Science - MAT --- also see BS/MAT degree option
    Physics - MAT ---  also see BA/MAT degree option

    Social Studies - MAT

NOTE: The coordinator for the EDUC undergraduate minor is Instructor David Archer.  

For more information about the undergraduate education minor send an e-mail to

Last Updated: 6/18/15