Department of Teaching and Learning

Minors in Education

Minor in Teacher Education

This 14-16-credit Minor in Teacher Education introduces students to the profession of education.  The minor provides an opportunity for undergraduates to explore the possibility of becoming a teacher in early childhood, elementary, middle, or high schools. 

Open to all NYU students, except majors in teacher education.

Special Note: Effective Fall 2012, students may no longer declare the General Education Minor or any of the Secondary Education Minors.  If you have already declared one of these minors, do not despair -- you can visit our archived website for information on those minors, including course requirements.

The Minor in Teacher Education is appropriate for students considering:

Why become a teacher?

Among the careers you can choose, teaching has one of the best futures. No other career offers you so much diversity and so many options. You can select the age group you would like to work with - from youngsters in preschool or elementary school to teenagers or adult learners - and the subject you would like to teach.

Within the teaching profession, you will always find opportunities to grow as your goals change. You may decide to specialize in teaching students with disabilities or gifted youngsters, or to make your impact outside the classroom as a school administrator or educational consultant, a parent advocate or program evaluator. You may decide to pursue a totally different career - in counseling, social work, medicine or law - or someday become a university professor in your field. Teaching skills are also highly marketable assets for positions in museums, hospitals, children's book publishing or television, corporate training programs, and human resources. In fact, an education background is an excellent foundation for any career.

Learn more about how to become a fully certified classroom teacher.

Course Requirements

The Minor in Teacher Education does not qualify you for initial teacher certification.  If you are interested in becoming a fully certified teacher, consider any of Steinhardt’s undergraduate or master’s programs in teacher education.

Required Courses (8 credits total)

Required courses introduce you to the study of education and to human development from early childhood through adolescence.

A. Introduction to Education (4 credits)

Choose one of the following courses:

Pts

TCHL-UE.1

Inquiries into Teaching and Learning I

4

LIBAR-UE.554

Introduction to Education: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

4

B. Human Development (4 credits)

APSY-UE.0020

Human Development I

2

Plus choose one additional Human Development II course:

 

APSY-UE.0021

Human Development II: Early Childhood

2

APSY-UE.0022

Human Development II: Childhood

2

APSY-UE.0023

Human Development II: Early Adolescence/ Adolescence

2

Restricted Electives (Select 6-8 credits from below, by advisement)

Through elective courses, you may explore teacher education more generally, focus on a content area related to their undergraduate major (e.g. English, Dramatic Literature or Theatre majors may choose to select courses from English and Literacy Education), or examine issues related to educating children with special needs.

General Education

SOED-UE.1015

Education as a Social Institution

3

TCHL-UE.1030

Language Acquisition and Literacy Education

4

SPCED-UE.0083

Foundations of Special Education

3

English and Literacy Education

TCHL-UE.1020

Integrating History and Literature with Adolescents

4

ENGED-UE.0071

Literature as Exploration

4

ENGED-UE.0193

The Reading of Poetry

4

ENGED-UE.1600

Integrating Reading and Writing with Adolescents I

4

Foreign Language and TESOL

LANED-GE.2201

Second Language Classroom: Elementary and Secondary Schools

4

FLGED-UE.1999

Teaching Foreign Languages: Theory and Practice

4

TCHL-UE.1030

Language Acquisition and Literacy Education

4

Mathematics Education

MTHED-UE.1041

The Teaching of Rational Numbers in Grades 5-12

3

MTHED-UE.1043

Teaching Secondary School Mathematics (requires school observations)

3

MTHED-UE.1045

The Teaching of Algebra & Trigonometry in Grades 7-12

3

MTHED-UE.1046

The Teaching of Geometry in Grades 7-12

3

Science Education

SCIED-UE.1050

Using NYC Non-Formal Science Resources to Teach Science

3

LIBAR-UE.341

Science in the Community

4

Social Studies Education

SOCED-UE.1800

Global History, Geography and the Social Studies

4

SOCED-UE.1135

Current Trends and Problems in Social Studies

4

SOCED-UE.1073

Post-1865 U.S. History, Geography & the Social Studies

4

Special Education

SPCED-UE.0083

Foundations of Special Education

3

SPCED-UE.1010

Principles and Practices of Educating Students With Severe Disabilities (prereq: SPCED-UE 0083 Foundations of Special Education)

3