Offered Jointly by the College of Education and College of Arts and Sciences, the Minor in Education, Learning, and Society (ELS) is intended to provide a strong background in how human beings learn, and how society, environment, and culture shape that learning. The 31-credit ELS Minor is intended for students with a broad range of interests. Prospective students may intend to pursue careers in education, or they may be interested in issues of public policy, social justice, or learning and cognition. For more information, please contact Academic Adviser, Jamie Barnhorst
The ELS Minor includes the following requirements: 5 credits in Learning and Development, 5 credits in Schooling and Society, 5 credits in Field Experience, 1 credit in the Colloquium on Education, Learning, and Society, and 15 credits in Electives. Up to 10 credits of the ELS minor may overlap with the student’s major(s) requirements. Up to 5 credits may overlap with the student’s other minor(s), if any. The following list of courses has been approved by the ELS Minor Committee; other courses will be added as they are approved. Depending on the number of students who declare an ELS Minor, enrollment in the two required foundation courses will be open to all students until such time as the number increases substantially and requires that enrollment be restricted to declared ELS Minors only.
Minor Requirements, 31 credits, as follows:
Learning and Development (5 credits, one of the following):
PSYCH 206 (prerequisite, PSYCH 101), PSYCH 306 (psych majors only), NURS 201, or EDPSY 304
Schooling and Society (5 credits, one of the following):
CHID 210, EDUC 305, EDUC 310, SOC292, or AES 340
Field Experience (5 credits):
EDUC 401, EDUC 360/GEN ST 360, GEN ST 346, or GEN ST 470. (Other courses that may fulfill this requirement, with approval, include GEN ST 350, EDC&I 499, EDPSY 499, EDSPE 499, CHID 497)
Colloquium (1 credit):
EDUC 299. (While taking EDUC 299, students create a curricular plan to provide a rationale for their choice of electives)
Up to 10 credits may overlap with a student's major and up to 5 credits may overlap with another minor.
Minimum 10 credits in upper-division courses.
As of Winter Quarter 2010, over 200 students have declared the Minor in Education, Learning and Society. More than 250 other students are actively enrolled in ELS-related courses, in preparation to the declare the minor.
The ELS Minor includes students from 45+ majors, including Biology, Dance, Nursing, Mathematics, English, Sociology, Computer Science, French, and Art.
Currently, 51 of the students are enrolled in the Education Minor Colloquium, a one-credit seminar that intends to provide a community of support for students interested in education and which brings together speakers and professionals who present on topics related to the field.
Students in the minor are interested in academic and career pursuits in a wide variety of education-related fields, including teaching, educational policy, school counseling, social work, museology, community planning, early learning, cognitive studies, and more.
Jamie Barnhorst, Academic Advisor
C21: ELS & Diversity Minors
Padelford Hall B-507 – (5th floor)
University of Washington
Office Hours: Mon 9-11 & Wed 2-4
College of Education, University of Washington
Box 353600 Seattle, WA 98195-3600