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Educational Studies Areas of Specialization

The Educational Studies program currently offers 16 areas of specialization, listed below alphabetically by subject.

If you are interested in the Educational Studies degree, or have questions about areas of specialization, please make an advising appointment with Brad Coats or Rachel Rowe:

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Applied Public Administration Certificate

Course Number and TitleCredits
PUBADM 461 How to Plan a Career in Public Service 1
PUBADM 462 How Public Policy is Made1
PUBADM 463 How the Legislative Process Works1
PUBADM 464 How to Engage Citizens 1
PUBADM 465 How to Manage Public Finances1
PUBADM 466 How to Navigate Ethical Challenges 1
PUBADM 467 How to Deal with People
1
PUBADM 468 How to Negotiate Risks
1
PUBADM 469 How to Make Policy Choices1
TOTAL9
The certificate will be awarded following completion of an associate or baccalaureate degree.

Addictions Studies Minor

Course Number and TitleCredits
ADST 109 Drugs: Use and Abuse3
ADST 255 Introduction to the Field of Addictions3
ADST 258 Blood Borne Pathogens for Addictions Professionals3
ADST 444 Addiction and the Family System3
ADST 448 Motivational Interviewing3
ADST 464 Screening and Assessment of Alcohol and Drug Problems3
ADST 465 Assessment and Case Management of Alcohol and Drug Problems3
ADST 468 Group Process for Addictions Professionals3
ADST 469 Ethics for Addictions Professionals3
One (1) of the following:
PSYC 301 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 310 Adolescent & Adult Development (recommended)
PSYC 331 The Psychology of Health
3
TOTAL28

Business Bridge to Career Minor

Course Number and TitleCredits
BUSBTC 301* Business Foundations I
3
BUSBTC 302 Business Foundations II3
BUSBTC 310 Creating Value with People3
BUSBTC 320 Creating Value for Customers3
BUSBTC 330 Creating Value through Investment3
BUSBTC 410 Business Planning Applications3
TOTAL18
*Prerequisite required: Any FM mathematics course except MATH 257

Certificate in Human Rights

Course Number and TitleCredits
Introduction to Human Rights
HIST 330 - Human Rights Past and Present
3
Advocacy-related communication and collaboration skills
Choose one (1) of the following:
COMM 231 Public Speaking
COMM 351 Intercultural Communication
COMM 356 Communication in the Small Group
COMM 371 Communication, Gender, and Difference
CONFLICT/COMM/SOC 390 Conflict Management
COMM 435 Collaboration and Facilitation
COMM 484 Studies in Rhetoric and Public Advocacy
CONFLICT 401 Negotiation
CONFLICT 402 Mediation
POLS 419 Political Communication
SPS 301 Engagement and Empathy in Public Service
OR seek approval to combine one-to-three (1-3) credit skills-based courses and/or experiential learning workshops related to advocacy-based communication and collaboration to equal 3 credits (contact director of Marilyn Shuler Human Rights Initiative to request course approval)
3
Navigating Power within Systems and Institutions
Choose one (1) of the following:
BUS 441 Business in Society: Ethics, Responsibility and Sustainability
HIST 268 Working in America: Class, Labor and Inequality
HIST 349 History of Multicultural America
HIST 356 Debating Capitalism
POLS 414 Comparative State Politics
POLS 447 Civil Liberties
POLS 449 Law, Politics and Society
PSYC 438 Community Psychology
SOC 230 Introduction to Ethnic Studies
SOC 421 Social Inequality
URBAN 390 Urban Inequality
3
Capstone experience
SPS 331 Advocacy in Action
3
TOTAL12

Conflict Management Certificate

Course Number and TitleCredits
CONFLICT/COMM/SOC 390 Conflict Management3
CONFLICT 401 Negotiation3
CONFLICT 402 Mediation3
Choose one (1) of the following:
CONFLICT 405 - Culture and Conflict
CONFLICT 493 - Internship
CONFLICT 494 - Workshop
3
CONFLICT 495 Connected Experiences in Conflict1
TOTAL13
The Conflict Management Certificate will be awarded following completion of an associate or baccalaureate degree.

Early Childhood Intervention Services

Course Number and TitleCredits
ED-ESP 221 Foundations of Professional Practice: ECE/ECSE3
ED-ESP 223 Child Growth and Development3
ED-ESP 321 Family and Community Relations: ECE/ECSE3
ED-ESP 322 Inclusive Methods: ECE/ECSE3
ED-ESP 326 Natural Environments, Birth to Three: ECE/ECSE3
ED-ESP 327 EI/ECSE Assessment3
ED-ESP 328 Intervention Methods: ECE/ECSE3
ED-ESP 329 Behavior Support in Early Childhood3
TOTAL24
The certificate will be awarded following completion of an associate or baccalaureate degree.

Environmental Education Certificate

Course Number and TitleCredits
Environmental Content:
ENVSTD 121 Intro to the Environment
ENVSTD 200 Environmental Approaches and Methods
ENVSTD 220 Global Environmental Change
GEOG 200 The Global Neighborhood
GEOS 101 Global Environmental Science
HES 220 Systems Thinking and Sustainability
URBAN 200 Planning and the Environment
6
Curriculum Development:
STEM ED 101 Approaches to Inquiry Teaching
STEM ED 102 Inquiry Based Lesson Design
2
Experiential Component and Portfolio:
ENVSTD 493 Internship
OR
STEM ED 498 Seminar in STEM Education
2-4
Choose from the following electives:
COMM/CONFLICT/SOC 390 Conflict Management
LEAD 225 Civic Engagement and Leadership
LEAD 325 Foundations of Leadership
ENVSTD 490 Practicum in Environmental Education
ENVSTD 494 Workshop
STEM-ED 430 Life, Earth & Physical Science for Teachers
SPS 490 Public Service Studio
3-4
TOTAL13-16
The certificate will be awarded following completion of an associate or baccalaureate degree.

Family Studies Minor

Course Number and TitleCredits
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology3
PSYC 295 Statistical Methods or
MATH 254 Introduction to Statistics
3
PSYC 309 Child Development3
PSYC 310 Adolescent and Adult Development3

PSYC 438 Community Psychology or
ED-ESP 321 Family and Community Relations: ECE/ECSE

3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 340 Sociology of the Family or
PSYC 419 Children and Families: Multicultural Perspectives
3
One (1) course from the following approved elective courses:
CJ 317* Juvenile Justice
PSYC 229 Psychology of Gender
PSYC 331 The Psychology of Health
PSYC 431 Social Psychology
SOC 102 Social Problems
SOC 415 Juvenile Delinquency
SOC 472 Sociology of Aging
SOC 481 Sociology of Gender and Aging
SOCWRK 101 Introduction to Social Welfare
SOCWRK 414* Core Concepts in Trauma Informed Child Welfare Practice
*These courses have a prerequisite that is not for the minor, but is required prior to taking this elective course.
3
TOTAL24

Inquiry-Based Early Childhood Education Certificate

Course Number and TitleCourses
ED-ESP 221 Foundations of Professional Practice: ECE/ECSE3
ED-ESP 223 Child Growth and Development3
ED-ESP 360 Environments and Observation in Early Childhood3
ED-ESP 361 Place-Based and Outdoor Education in Early Childhood3
ED-ESP 362 Fieldwork in Early Childhood: Place-Based Education3
ED-ESP 363 Inquiry-Based Learning in Early Childhood3
ED-ESP 364 Fieldwork in Early Childhood: Inquiry-Based Learning3
ED-ESP 365 Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood Education3
TOTAL24
The certificate will be awarded following completion of an associate or baccalaureate degree.

Latinx Community Engagement Certificate

Course Number and TitleCredits
SPAN 300 Spanish for Bilinguals or
SPAN 301 Conversational Spanish
3
SPAN 302 Spanish Grammar and Composition or
SPAN 402 Advanced Spanish Grammar and Syntax
3
SPAN 488 Senior Outcomes Assessment: Spanish Oral Proficiency Interview
Note: Students need to obtain a final rating of Advanced Low on the Oral Proficiency Review.
0
SPAN 493 Internship or
SPAN 496 Independent Study
1
Two (2) of the following:
GENDER 200 Introduction to Gender Studies
GLOBAL 303/ECON 315 Global Economic Development
GLOBAL 320 Selected Topics in Contemporary International Relations
GLOBAL 350 Selected Topics in Contemporary World Economics
HEP 293 Internship in Health Education and Promotion
HEP 440 Health Education and Promotion Programming
HEP 493 Internship in Health Education And Promotion
SOC 333 Contemporary Issues of Chicanas/Chicanos
SPAN 377 Latin American Culture and Civilization
SPAN 382 Spanish for Healthcare
SPAN 385 Mexican American Culture and Civilization
SPAN 475 Latin America Today
SPAN 476 Human Rights in Latin America
SPS 301 Engagement and Empathy in Public Service
SPS 331 Advocacy in Action
Or a class that matches the certificate goals (with prior approval from WL)
6
TOTAL13
The certificate will be awarded following completion of an associate or baccalaureate degree.

Leadership and Human Relations Certificate

Course Number and TitleCredits
LEAD 325 Foundations of Leadership3
LEAD 326 The Practice of Leadership3
LEAD 327 Relational Leadership3
Select from the following courses:
CONFLICT/COMM/SOC 390 - Conflict Management
CONFLICT 401 Negotiation
CONFLICT 405 Culture and Conflict
LEAD 225 Civic Engagement and Leadership
LEAD 480 Studies in Leadership
MDS 410 Case Studies in Leadership
6
LEAD 495 Leadership Experience1
TOTAL16
Students must complete all 16 credits with a C or above.
Courses may be taken for credit towards Applied Leadership: Growing into a High-Impact Leader Certificate or the Leadership and Human Relations Certificate, but not both.

Native American and Indigenous Studies Minor

Course Number and TitleCredits
ANTH 102 Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH 103 Introduction to Archaeology3
ANTH 307 Indians of North America3
Choose 9 credits from the following courses:
ANTH 312 Prehistory of North America
ANTH 320 Latin American Prehistory
ENGL 390 Ethnic Literature
HIST 341 The Indian in United States History
LING 318 Introduction to Morphology and Syntax
LING 418 Linguistic Typology
Other Native American and Indigenous Studies content course from any discipline, with advisor approval
9
TOTAL 18

Nonprofit Management Certificate

Course Number and TitleCredits
Choose one course from:
BUSCOM 201 Global Business Communication
CMGT 201 Construction Communications
ENGL 212 Technical Communication
ENGL 302 Technical Rhetoric and Genres
3
NONPROF 240 Introduction to Nonprofit Management3
NONPROF 340 Volunteer Management and the Nonprofit3
NONPROF 440 Funding for Nonprofits OR
ENGL 314 Proposal Development or
HEP 346 Grant Writing II—Writing the Proposal
3
TOTAL12

Public Health Certificate

Course Number and TitleCredits
PUBH 303 Foundations of Public Health3
PUBH 310 Evidence-based Public Health3
PUBH 382 Research Methods in Health3
Choose two (2) courses from the following:
PUBH 315 Health Policy and Ethics
PUBH 355 Human Health and Disease
PUBH 365 Quality Improvement & Performance Management
PUBH 418 Advanced Public Health Analysis
PUBH 419 Public Health Communications
PUBH 420 Strategic Planning and Project Management
PUBH 460 Determinants of Health
PUBH 470 Collaborating for Change
6
TOTAL15

Special Education Services Certificate

Course Number and TitleCredits
ED-CIFS 203 Child and Educational Psychology or
PSYC 441 Learning
3
ED-ESP 223 Child Growth and Development or
PSYC 309 Child Development
3
ED-ESP 321 Family and Community Relations: ECE/ECSE3
ED-ESP 330 Assessment for Instructional Decision-Making3
ED-ESP 345 Positive Behavior Intervention and Support3
ED-ESP 250 Exceptionality in the Schools or
ED-ESP 350 Teaching Students with Exceptional Needs at the Secondary Level
3
ED-ESP 358 Students with Significant Disabilities3
ED-ESP 458 Autism Spectrum Disorder3
Electives from any of the following areas: a) early and special education, b) curriculum, instruction and foundational studies, c) language, literacy and culture, d) counseling, e) psychology, f) nursing, g) sociology, or h) social work.1
TOTAL25
The certificate will be awarded following completion of an associate or baccalaureate degree.

Sport Coaching Certificate

Course Number and TitleCredits
KINES 181 Introduction to Sport Coaching3
KINES 220 Introduction to Athletic Injuries3
KINES 360 Psychology of Sport Coaching2
KINES 361 Conditioning Principles for Sport2
KINES 362 Sport Coaching Methods and Administration3
KINES 493 Internship In Sport Coaching2
TOTAL15