Requirements for the Minor in Education Studies [EDGW]:
Education Studies is an interdisciplinary program. To earn a minor in Education Studies students must complete five courses structured in the following manner:
- A foundations course in education: EDST 0115 Education in the USA (SOAN 0215, if offered).
- Any three courses in Education Studies (see course listing). Students who are interested in attaining a Vermont teaching license must complete either an elementary or secondary minor (see below).
- One elective determined in consultation with the student's faculty advisor in Education Studies. This elective course may include any course in Education Studies or a Winter Term elective, a 0500-level independent study, or in special cases, pre-approved study abroad experiences or internships with substantive academic work. PSYC 0327 (Educational Psychology), PSYC 0225 (Child Development) and PSYC 0216 (Adolescence) may fulfill the elective requirement for the minor. Students must secure prior approval from Education Studies faculty for any other course to count as an elective.
Students may choose to focus their five courses in either elementary or secondary education or they may choose to take a broad approach and select courses from across the curriculum. Each student declaring a minor in Education Studies will be assigned to a faculty member in Education Studies who will serve as his or her advisor.
Vermont Licensure Option: Students who want to attain a teaching license must meet the licensure requirements established by the state of Vermont. There are two licensure options: Elementary [EDEL] (grades K-6) and Secondary [EDSL] (grades 7-12).
Requirements for the minor in elementary education with licensure [EDEL] (grades K-6): In order to meet the requirements set by the state of Vermont, there are six courses required for the minor in elementary education as well as the professional semester:
a. EDST 0115, 0305, 0315, 0317 (Winter Term)
b. PSYC 0225 & PSYC 0327. [Note: PSYC 0105 is a prerequisite for all Psychology courses.]
c. Successful completion of the professional semester (student teaching) listed in the catalog as EDST 0410 & 0405-0407 with satisfactory review of the professional semester by the Professional Semester Review Committee and with satisfactory review of the student's teacher licensure portfolio. [Note: This is a 4 credit experience as it involves full-time teaching for one semester as well as a weekly, 3 hour seminar during the same semester.]
d. Students seeking a teaching license in elementary education may major in any subject offered at Middlebury College. Prior to the granting of the license, students must also complete both the SCI and DED distribution requirements.
Requirements for the minor in secondary education with licensure [EDSL] (grades 7-12): Middlebury College is authorized to recommend licensure in the following subject areas for secondary education: Art, (prek-12); Modern and Classical Languages: Spanish (7-12), German (7-12), Russian (7-12) and French (7-12); Mathematics (7-12); Science (7-12); English (7-12); Social Studies (7-12); and Computer Science (7-12). Students should consult with the Education Studies faculty to determine particular recommended major courses that will align with state endorsement requirements. Generally, for the secondary teaching license, students should major in the content area they wish to teach.
In order to meet the requirements set by the state of Vermont, there are six courses required for the minor in secondary education as well as the professional semester:
a. EDST 0115, 0318, 0320, 0327 (Winter Term).
b. PSYC 0216 & PSYC 0327. [Note: PSYC 0105 is a prerequisite for all Psychology courses.]
c. Successful completion of the professional semester (student teaching) listed in the catalog as EDST 0410 & 0415-0417 with satisfactory review of the professional semester by the Professional Semester Review Committee and with satisfactory review of the student's teacher licensure portfolio. [Note: This is a 4 credit experience as it involves full-time teaching for one semester as well as a weekly, 3 hour seminar during the same semester.]
Professional Semester: Students who elect to pursue licensure either in Elementary or Secondary education must apply to the Education Studies program for acceptance into the Professional Semester. Upon acceptance, students complete EDST 0410 (the student teaching seminar), and either EDST 0405-0407 or EDST 0415-0417, the student teaching practicum in a local school. These four course credits constitute the Professional Semester. Students may elect to complete the Professional Semester either as seniors or post-graduation in a ninth semester. Satisfactory review of the Professional Semester by the Professional Semester Review Committee and of the required licensure portfolio result in recommendation for initial licensure for teaching in Vermont, reciprocated by 48 states.
Thus, all students seeking licensure complete a full semester of student teaching under the supervision of a master teacher. Education Studies faculty in consultation with the student and prospective master teacher make the final decision regarding where and with whom a student is placed for the Professional Semester.