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Minor in Education Studies at KU

Many students at KU express interest in and request education course options without committing to becoming a teacher, and see value in better understanding the intersection of education with society and their chosen major. The minor in education studies offered by the School of Education and Human Scienes at KU meets this demand. The minor in education studies provides a solid grasp of essential theory and research in education, along with an opportunity to focus on particular aspects of the process of the educational system.  

Benefits of the minor in education studies:

  • Complementary curriculum - With only 18 required credit hours, students are able to complement their major with a minor that does not add too much to their schedules.
  • Fundamentally purposeful - The minor does not lead to teacher licensure; however it does offer a broad introduction to education as a field of study and as a fundamental human activity.
  • Widely applicable - The minor is designed for students interested in careers that intersect with schools, educational or human development policy, and/or participation in a democratic society that is based on universal access to education.
  • Globally impactful - It provides undergraduate students of any major the opportunity to develop an understanding of the legal, social, political, and economic forces that influence and shape educational policies by choosing from lower and upper division elective courses.
  • Program Reputation - KU’s minor in education studies is offered through the School of Education and Human Sciences, which was recently ranked 8th in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Public Education Schools.

Any student desiring to complete the minor in education studies should develop a program plan with their academic advisor from their major department. However, the School of Education can provide advising information specific to the education studies minor, if desired. Contact your academic advisor today to see if a minor in education studies aligns with your career goals and academic program.

Minor offers Customizable Curriculum

The minor in education studies requires 18 credit hours of coursework, which requires all students to complete ELPS 250: Education & Society.  At least one course from each of the three themes is also required, as noted below:

  • Diversity Perspectives in Education;
  • Educational Psychology & Human Development;
  • Ethical, Legal, & International Perspectives in Education.

Course Number

Course Name

Credit Hours

ELPS 250 Education & Society 3
  Elective 1 3
  Elective 2 3
  Student will select one of the following:  
C&T 235 Multicultural Education 3
SPED 450 Diversity in Disability 3
  Student will select one of the following:  
EPSY 305 Development & Learning of the Young Child 3
EPSY 306 Development & Learning of the Adolescent 3
  Student will select one of the following:  
ELPS 540 Ethics & Education 3
ELPS 537 Governance & Organization of Schools 3
C&T 503 International Perspectives in K-12 Education 3
  TOTAL MINOR CREDIT HOURS 18

Suggested elective courses include:

  • C&T 100 - Introduction to the Education Profession
  • SPED 261 - Families & Professional Partnerships
  • SPED 326 - Teaching Exceptional Children & Youth in General Education Settings
  • ELPS 550 - Children & Youth in Urbanizing America
  • EPSY 580 - Positive Psychology

Declare Your Education Studies Minor

As an undergraduate student at KU, you are able to declare your minor in education studies online by using the link provided below. Simply use your KU Online ID and password when asked to log in. After submitting the online declaration form, be sure to connect with your academic advisor within your major for more guidance. 

Declare today!


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