Minors in Education

Teacher Education Minor

Explore a career in education. In this 14-16-credit minor, you will complete coursework that 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. This minor is open to all NYU students, except majors in teacher education.

This minor does not qualify you for initial teacher certification. If you are interested in becoming a fully certified classroom teacher, consider one of our undergraduate or master's programs in teacher education.

What you'll learn

See the curriculum and course requirements for this minor.

Prepare for a career in
  • 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
  • Non-profits, domestic and international non-governmental organizations, and government positions in education in the US and abroad
  • The Peace Corps and other international development or education work
  • Careers or further study in related fields such as psychology, counseling, social work, publishing, educational technology
  • Health-related fields, including those working with children or adolescents with special needs
Curriculum

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)
Required Courses

Course #

Course Name

Pts

TCHL-UE.1

Inquiries into Teaching and Learning I

4

HSED-UE.1005 

Introduction to Education: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

4

B. Human Development (4 credits)
Human Development

Course #

Course Name

Pts

APSY-UE.0020

Human Development I

2

Plus choose one additional Human Development II course:

 

APSY-UE.0021

Human Development II: Application for Early Childhood Educators

2

APSY-UE.0022

Human Development II: Application for Childhood Educators

2

APSY-UE.0023

Human Development II: Early Adolescents and Adolescents

2

**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
Gen Ed courses

Course #

Course Name

Pts

SOED-UE.1015

Education as a Social Institution

4

English and Literacy Education
English and Literacy

Course #

Course Name

Pts

ENGED-UE.71

Literature as Exploration

4

ENGED-UE.193

The Reading of Poetry

4

TCHL-UE.1030

Language Acquisition and Literacy Education in a Multilingual and Multicultural Context

4

Foreign Language and TESOL

Course #

Course Name

Pts

LANED-GE.2201

Second Language Classroom: Elementary and Secondary Schools

4

FLGED-UE.1999

Teaching Foreign Languages: Theory and Practice

4

Mathematics Education

Course #

Course Name

Pts

MTHED-UE.1043

Teaching Secondary School Mathematics (requires school observations)

3

MTHED-UE.1049

Mathematical Proof and Proving (MPP)

3

MTHED-UE.1050 Teaching Mathematical Proof and Proving  3
Science Education

Course #

Course Name

Pts

SCIED-UE.1050

Using NYC Nonformal Science Resources to Teach Science

3

SCIED-UE.210 - 216

Science in the Community

4

Social Studies Education
Social Studies Education

Course #

Course Name

Pts

SOCED-UE.1800

Global History, Geography and the Social Studies

4

SOCED-UE.1135

Current Trends and Problems in Secondary Social Studies Education

4

SOCED-UE.1073

Key Debates in U.S. History

4

Special Education
Special Ed

Course #

Course Name

Pts

SPCED-UE.83

Foundations of Special Education

3

SPCED-UE.1010

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

3


**Additional courses may be available upon approval from the department. Email teachlearn.advise@nyu.edu for additional information