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Explore a career in education. Open to all undergraduate NYU students (except Teacher Education majors), this minor introduces you to the study of education and human development, from early childhood through adolescence. You'll be prepared for further study toward a career as a classroom teacher or in related fields such as psychology, advocacy, or social work.


Degree Details

Official Degree Title

Minor in Teacher Education

Full-time or Part-time

While this minor does not qualify you for initial teacher certification, your course work in the minor will give you skills you can apply to:

  • Classroom teaching, through graduate study in a teacher certification program or a program like Teach for America
  • Advocacy work on behalf of children, youth, parents, and families
  • Nonprofits, domestic and international nongovernmental organizations, and government positions in education in the US and abroad
  • The Peace Corps and other international development or education work

You’ll also be prepared for careers or further study in related fields such as psychology, counseling, social work, publishing, educational technology, and health, including positions working with children or adolescents with special needs.


Required Courses (8 credits total)

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

A. Introduction to Education (4 credits)

TCHL-UE.1 Inquiries into Teaching and Learning I (4 credits)
HSED-UE.1005  Introduction to Education: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (4 credits)

B. Human Development (4 credits)

APSY-UE.0020 Human Development I (2 credits)

Plus choose one additional Human Development II course:
APSY-UE.0021 Human Development II: Application for Early Childhood Educators (2 credits)
APSY-UE.0022 Human Development II: Application for Childhood Educators (2 credits)
APSY-UE.0023 Human Development II: Early Adolescents and Adolescents (2 credits)

**These courses should be taken in the same semester

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 (4 credits)
TCHL-UE.1151 Crafting Creative Curriculum: Space, Time, and the Classroom (2 credits)
TCHL-UE.1152 Creativity Unbound (2 credits)
TCHL-UE.1153 Crafting Creative Curriculum: Fundraising and Entrepreneurship (2 credits)
TCHL-UE.1154 Crafting Creative Curriculum: Designing Curriculum for the Future (2 credits)

English and Literacy Education

ENGED-UE.71 Literature as Exploration (4 credits)
ENGED-UE.193 The Reading of Poetry (4 credits)
ENGED-UE.1185 Advanced Composition (4 credits)
ENGED-UE.1589 Teaching English in a Multidialectal Society (3 credits)
TCHL-UE.1030 Language Acquisition and Literacy Education in a Multilingual and Multicultural Context (4 credits)

Foreign Language and TESOL

LANED-GE.2201 Second Language Classroom: Elementary and Secondary Schools (4 credits)
FLGED-UE.1999 Teaching Foreign Languages: Theory and Practice (4 credits)

Mathematics Education

MTHED-UE.1043 Teaching Secondary School Mathematics (requires school observations) (3 credits)
MTHED-UE.1049 Mathematical Proof and Proving (MPP) (3 credits)
MTHED-UE.1050 Teaching Mathematical Proof and Proving (3 credits)

Science Education

SCIED-UE.1050 Using NYC Nonformal Science Resources to Teach Science (3 credits)
SCIED-UE.210 - 216 Science in the Community (4 credits)

Social Studies Education

SOCED-UE.1800 Global History, Geography and the Social Studies (4 credits)
SOCED-UE.1135 Current Trends and Problems in Secondary Social Studies Education (4 credits)
SOCED-UE.1073 Key Debates in U.S. History (4 credits)
SOCED-UE.1117 Martin Luther King: Leadership, Oratory and Mass Protest (4 credits)

Special Education

SPCED-UE.83 Foundations of Special Education (3 credits)
SPCED-UE.1010 Principles and Practices for Teaching Students With Severe/Profound Disabilities (3 credits)
(prereq: SPCED-UE 0083 Foundations of Special Education)

**Additional courses may be available upon approval from the department. Email for additional information


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