Majors and Minors

Requirements for Minor in Educational Studies

This interdisciplinary minor is designed for students who have a broadly defined interest in the field of education (e.g., youth development and learning; sociocultural theory applied to schooling, families and youth; youth subcultures; comparative education; fine and dramatic arts pedagogies; public education policy; environmental education; pediatric health; recreation and athletics; museum or community-based education). The minor in educational studies can benefit students who are interested in making unique connections to their major area of study as well as students who are interested in exploring careers in education. Many graduate programs and career paths such as museum studies, public policy, counseling and sociology recognize the value of academic preparation in the field of education.

Students who participate in the educational studies minor are not required to be admitted into the Shurmur Center for Teacher Development/Teacher Education Program. The minor in educational studies is a generalized study of the field of education and does not lead to teacher certification. Students who complete teacher certification at Albion College are not eligible for the minor in educational studies.

  • A minimum of five units of course work including one unit in foundations of education (Education 202), one unit in human development and learning theories (Psychology 251, 253, or Educational Psychology), completion of an internship or practicum (Education 203, 382 or 398) and a minimum of two and one-half units of electives constituting a curricular focus. A current list of sample elective courses is available in the Education Department and is also maintained on the department website at
  • Please note: Education 202 and 203 are accompanied by a field experience in the public schools and requires completion of (1) Albion College criminal history check form, (2) Internet Criminal History Access Tool search, and (3) Albion College educational/judicial records check.
  • Students must receive prior written consent from the Education Department to apply a directed study or course that is not from the recommended list toward completion of the educational studies minor. Requests should be sent directly to the chair of the Education Department.

Requirements for Minor in Teaching English as a Second Language

The minor in teaching English as a second language (TESL) provides students with a framework for conceptualizing language learning as well as the knowledge and skills to teach English as a second language in various settings. The TESL minor provides opportunities for making global connections to students’ major areas of study and develops skills and competencies for working in diverse ethnolinguistic communities in the U.S. or abroad.

This interdisciplinary TESL minor is designed as an option for all Albion College students, whether enrolled in the teacher education program (TEP) with an elementary, secondary or K-12 concentration or not. Students who are interested in declaring a TESL minor must schedule an appointment with the chair of the Education Department to discuss their plan of study and options. Please note: Education 202, 371, 373, 382 and 398 are accompanied by a field experience placement in public schools, or other educational settings, and require completion of: (1) Albion College criminal history check, (2) Internet Criminal History Access Tool search, and (3) Albion College educational records check.

  • A minimum of 5.5 units of course work including: one unit in learning and learners (Education 202); one unit in cross-cultural comparisons and perspectives (see list of options below); one unit in English language (English 348); one unit in language and literacy pedagogy (Education 371 or 373); one unit in foreign/second language learning at the 102-level or higher* and successful completion of a minimum one-half unit internship (Education 382 or 398).
  • Students must receive prior written consent from the Education Department to apply a directed study—or other course not from the recommended list of options—as a substitute toward completion of the TESL minor. Requests should be sent directly to the chair of the Education Department and must have the signature and approval of the course instructor attached.

*May require a prerequisite. Students with demonstrated foreign/second language learning will complete the foreign/second language requirement beginning at the appropriate placement level as determined by the Modern Languages and Cultures Department. Students who demonstrate native or near-native fluency in a language other than English will meet the requirement by successfully completing the requirement in a new language (i.e., a native speaker of Japanese may complete course(s) in German).

Those students not seeking admission to the TEP would not be eligible to be endorsed with teaching ESL on initial teacher certification in Michigan; however, they would receive an Albion College certificate of completion of the TESL minor study program. This certificate can be reviewed by TESOL and recognized as meeting international TESL standards.

Students seeking admission to the TEP may also complete the requirements for the TESL minor as part of completing either the elementary, secondary or K-12 teacher certification.

Cross-Cultural Comparisons and Perspectives (1 unit)
Anthropology & Sociology 231: Understanding Media in a Globalized World (1)
Anthropology & Sociology 336: Social Psychology: Sociological Perspectives (1)
Communication Studies 303: Organizational Culture and Communication (1)
Communication Studies 313: Intercultural Communication (1)
International Studies 130: Introduction to International Studies (1)
International Studies 370: Building on International and Intercultural Experiences (1)
Philosophy 309: International Ethics and Global Development (1)
Political Science 103: Introduction to International Politics (1)
Political Science 336: International Relations (1)
Political Science 256: Human Rights (1)
Political Science 357: International Law and Politics (1)
Women's and Gender Studies 116: Introduction to Gender Studies (1)
Women's and Gender Studies 240: Sexualities, Histories and Culture (1)