An Overview of Minors in the School of Education

Overview of Minors in the SOE

Doctoral students who wish to complement their major coursework with a subject from outside of their program may explore minors as a way of doing so. Doctoral students in the School of Education may pursue a minor within a SOE department other than the one to which they were admitted.

A doctoral minor consists of 12 organized credits of coursework reflecting streams within SOE departments. To declare a minor, students are to obtain approval from their major program advisor as well as an advisor in their proposed minor area and complete the Change in Academic Program form which is to be submitted to the Dean’s Office for approval.

Minors Available for EDD Students

Disability Studies in Education | 
Contact Dr. Emily Nusbaum, Dr. Nicola McClung

Across the expansive field of interdisciplinary disability studies, disability is defined not as a deficit inherent in certain bodyminds, but rather as something socially, culturally, historically, and materially constructed. Specifically, courses in the disability studies in education (DSE) minor support graduate students in examining these constructed meanings and consequences of what gets labeled “disability” within a range of educational contexts and spaces, from P-12 through higher education, as well as within the community. Additionally, frameworks from DSE and course content in the minor help students shed light on the structural and institutional mechanisms through which educational opportunities for students who are labeled with disability are constrained, and also how disability intersects with and co-constructs other identity markers in educational spaces, nationally and globally.

The DSE minor and/or elective courses are appropriate for students across graduate programs in the SOE. Students seeking to pursue a minor in DSE may work with an advisor to identify four courses that will fulfill the requirements of the minor. These includes courses such as:

  • Community Engagement and Disability Justice
  • Multiliteracies in Teacher Education
  • Disability, Activism, Law, and Public Policy 

International and Multicultural Education | Contact the Department Chair or Program Assistant (  

The Ed.D. in International and Multicultural Education (IME) is dedicated to understanding formal and informal education within diverse sociocultural, linguistic, political and economic contexts. Based on principles of equity, social justice, and human rights, the program critically addresses the realities of education within and beyond the borders of public schooling in the United States and around the world. 

Students outside the IME Department are able to develop a four-course sequence of IME courses in consultation with the Department Chair that fulfills the minor in IME requirements. Coursework can focus on issues of human rights; racial justice; or language and culture in education. Alternatively, students may opt for a sampling of courses across the IME curriculum that introduce key thematics in the field. Please note: the within-department concentrations of “Human Rights Education” and “Language and Culture” are only available to doctoral students officially enrolled in the IME Department.  

Organization and Leadership | Contact Dr. Jane Bleasdale

The Organization and Leadership program is committed to providing students with knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to become leaders in educational settings and community contexts. We believe in leaders who are motivated to transform themselves, organizations and institutions by developing skills to a) understand and critique systems of power and b) reimagine, create, and lead organizations based on principles of justice, democratic participation, and service. 

Students wishing to minor in O&L should  have experience in a professional leadership role and be willing to take O&L foundational courses. Please reach out to the department chair and arrange a meeting to review  the program requirements. 

O&L Foundations (9 credits required):

  • O&L 750 Organizational Theory: Applications and Implications (3)
  • O&L 751 Leadership Theories (3)
  • And one of the following:
  • O&L 754 School, Community and Society (3)
  • O&L 763 Race, Diversity and Higher Education (3)
  • O&L 766 Ethical Organization (3) 

They may choose one elective from the following:

 Organization and Leadership Higher Education

  • Higher Ed in the Global Environment Community
  • American Institutions of Higher Education
  • Student Development in College
  • Campus Environments and Culture
  • Race, Diversity & Higher Education

Organization and Leadership K - 12

  • Educational Leadership for Social Justice
  • School, Community and Society
  • Advocacy and Policy
  • Organizational Systems
  • School Climate, Discipline and Safety
  • Instructional Leadership & Professional Development
  • Coaching & Observation
  • Impact & Assessment
  • Human Resources, Law & Finance

Organization and Leadership Community Context

  • Leadership Theories
  • Ethical Organization
  • Leadership Development
  • Organizational Theory: Applications & Implications

Catholic Educational Leadership | Contact Dr. Jane Bleasdale

The Catholic Educational Leadership Program develops leaders who can engage Catholic mission and identity in all aspects of Catholic educational leadership in the following ways: applying learning in educational contexts of Catholic social teaching through a transformative leadership style by practicing engaged scholarship that addresses societal challenges; work in solidarity with communities locally and globally, especially historically marginalized groups; engage on going research and best practices in Catholic and faith based educational environments for the formation of self and others; engage self and others in spiritual discernment and the process of reflection and personal faith development 

Students who wish to minor in CEL* may take the following core courses:

  • History and Principles of Catholic Education
  • Student Development and Instruction in Catholic Education
  • Mission and Development in Catholic Education
  • Faculty Development in Catholic Education

*pending university approval

Learning and Instruction | Contact Dr. Kevin Oh

Learning and instruction is the application of psychological principles and concepts to solve problems in educational and training settings. Our program examines individual differences, cognitive and social development, learning and motivational theory, instructional design, curriculum delivery, classroom management, and assessment through research and hands-on experience. Students may take any of the four courses from the list below to comprise a minor in L&I:

  • Human Abilities
  • Performance-Based Assessment
  • Essentials for Teaching in Higher Education
  • Problem, Project-, & Inquiry-Based Learning
  • Constructivism and Technology
  • Instructional Design 

Educational Technology | Contact Dr. Matthew Mitchell

The Educational Technology Program (ETK) is designed for working professionals who are interested in both creative exploration and practical application of digital technologies. Our focus is always on giving students tools and strategies that they can use right way in their own learning environments. Students may take any of the four courses from the list below to comprise a minor in ETK:

  • Digital Leadership Lab
  • Made to Stick: Teaching with the Brain in Mind
  • Digital Storytelling Lab
  • Multimedia Learning
  • Media Lab
  • Learning Designs
  • Design Lab
  • Change the World from Here
  • Web Design Lab
  • Navigating the Divide: Digital Leadership