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See also, Education Courses.

The following academic requirements are from the 2016/17 Vassar College Catalogue.

Requirements for Concentration

To major in educational studies, students must complete 9.5 units:

One educational foundations course designed to introduce students to critical debates about the nature and purposes of U.S. education

  • EDUC 162 - Education and Opportunity in the United States
    or
    EDUC 235 - Issues in Contemporary Education

One course from Cluster 1: Pedagogy and Learning

  • EDUC 237 - Early Childhood Education: Theory and Practice
  • EDUC 250 - Introduction to Special Education
  • EDUC 350 - The Teaching of Reading: Curriculum Development in Childhood Education
  • EDUC 361 - Seminar: Mathematics and Science in the Elementary Curriculum
  • EDUC 373 - Adolescent Literacy
  • EDUC 392 - Multidisciplinary Methods in Adolescent Education

One course from Cluster 2: Domestic Issues in Education

  • EDUC 255 - Race, Representation, and Resistance in U.S. Schools
  • EDUC 263 - The Adolescent in American Society
  • EDUC 269 - Constructing School Kids and Street Kids
  • EDUC 367 - Urban Education Reform
  • EDUC 385 - American Higher Education: Policy and Practice
  • EDUC 388 - Schooling in America: Preparing Citizens or Producing Workers

One course from Cluster 3: Global Perspectives on Education

  • EDUC 275 - International and Comparative Education
  • EDUC 278 - Education for Peace, Justice and Human Rights
  • EDUC 353 - Pedagogies of Difference: Critical Approaches to Education

Two additional electives

These can be additional courses from one of the three clusters listed above, courses completed through a study abroad program, or courses listed in other departments and programs (see approved course list).

One course designed to develop students' skills in conducting research

  • EDUC 336 - Childhood Development: Observation and Research Application
  • AFRS 299 - Research Methods
  • ANTH 245 - The Ethnographer's Craft
  • ANTH 250 - Language, Culture, and Society
  • ANTH 255 - Language, Gender, and Media
  • PSYC 209 - Research Methods in Social Psychology
  • PSYC 239 - Research Methods in Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 259 - Research Methods in Personality and Individual Differences
  • SOCI 254 - Research Methods

Senior Seminar

  • EDUC 384 - Advanced Seminar

Senior Capstone

  • EDUC 302 - Senior Thesis/Project

Field Work

  • EDUC 290 - Field Work

Additional Requirements

After declaration of the major, all courses taken toward the major must be graded, unless a course is offered only on a pass-fail basis (some of the credits earned through the Vassar programs in Costa Rica and Ireland are ungraded).