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The Educational Studies minor provides an introduction to the field of education.  

Program Overview

The Educational Studies minor is designed for any Drake student who has an interest in education but does not plan to be a teacher. You will learn about the history of teacher education and the educational system of the United States. Supplementing this knowledge, you will have the opportunity to fill out the minor with electives by choosing courses that match your interest in education.

The Educational Studies Minor allows you to gain valuable perspective regarding the field of education beyond that of being a student. Students pursuing this minor will develop a deeper understanding of teaching, learning, and schooling. This is a tremendous asset that will serve you as a parent, colleague, and community member.

Looking for a minor outside of your major? Many colleges and schools at Drake require students to supplement their major with a concentration or electives offered through other academic units. The Educational Studies minor offers you the opportunity to complete those requirements with courses in education that will provide valuable knowledge. Additionally, there are qualifying courses that can be used for all AOIs except for Quantitative Literacy and Written Communication, so you can get a minor and cover six AOIs at the same time.  

Are you unsure about your career path after graduation? You may find the Educational Studies minor useful as many of the courses offered provide the foundation for a teaching license. You could apply courses taken through this minor to an MAT/MST degree should you decide to pursue a graduate degree in teaching.   


The minor consists of six courses totaling 18 credit hours. 


EDUC 103

Foundations of Education

(includes 40 hour practicum)
(Meets Values & Ethics AOI)

3 credits

Additional Requirements

Choose two courses from the following course list for a total of 6 credits.

EDUC 108

Student Development and
Learning Theory 

3 credits

EDUC 109

Educational Technology
(Meets Information Literacy AOI)

3 credits

EDUC 111

Educational Planning and 
3 credits

EDUC 164

Perspectives on Race,
Ethnicity, and Gender
(Meets Global and Cultural Understanding AOI)

3 credits

SPED 120

Introduction to Special
3 credits 


Choose 3 additional courses for a total of 9 credits in any of the following educational disciplines. 

  • Education (EDUC)
  • Special Education (SPED)
  • Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)


Matthew Hayden, PhD
Associate Professor, Teaching and Learning
1-800-44-DRAKE, x3040


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