Working with kids has always been my passion. I appreciated getting to do that along with furthering my knowledge about what education means, in particular how to challenge the traditional mold of education and what it looks like to work with students to make learning a collaborative experience. ~ Alexandra Keysselitz
The Education Studies minor is grounded in social justice and teaches students to question their own biases and social location and the inequities that shape individuals, interpersonal interactions, and institutions in order to acknowledge the full humanity of students, families, educational personnel and other stakeholders. Students experiencing the Education Studies minor use theory and experience to critically consider how educational policy and classroom practices materially impact the learning opportunities available to P-12 students.
Students interested in teaching as a career, or in the Puget Sound Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program, can learn what life as a teacher is like, develop their skills as educators, and complete the two required prerequisites. The Education Studies minor is also appropriate for students hope to pursue careers in social work, community activism, or providing training in various settings.
Education Studies minors explore questions, such as: How can teachers recognize and confront bias and inequities that shape institutions, interpersonal interactions, and individuals? How do educational policy and classroom practices impact the learning opportunities available to public school students? How can teachers navigate between the official knowledge of the dominant culture and the lives and interests of students?
Education Studies minors participate in local education settings. In 200-level education classes, students use a social justice lens to explore topics such as economic inequality, literacy, and gender, connecting these topics to their work in local educational settings. During the capstone experience students work extensively in a local classroom helping teachers ask questions and gather data to improve their teaching. Students learn to appreciate the complexities of classroom practice and experience a model for making positive change.