Education (EDU) Courses of Study

Link to Education Courses

Program Overview

The Education Program focuses on introducing students to the field of education as a possible career. Students in the program may pursue a minor in education with an emphasis on early childhood and early elementary grades or on middle grades/high school. The two tracks provide an opportunity for students to specialize in a particular area related to future career interest. Students interested in upper elementary grades (4-6 grades) would also benefit from the courses within this minor. Every required course in the minor includes a field component within a public school, early childhood center, or other learning environment (including after-school programs or tutoring programs serving children and youth).

The mission of the Education program is to introduce students to the field of education through an emphasis on teaching and learning as it is applied in diverse settings with diverse learners. The course work in the program provides modeling of best practices and features a strong experiential base that includes classroom observation and fieldwork experiences. The program emphasizes active learning and reflection through engaged experiences within the college classroom and in field-site and service-learning placements.

The goals of the Warren Wilson College Education Program are the following:

  1. To enable students to develop an understanding of human development and learning theory as applied in educational settings.
  2. To enable students to explore the field of education as a possible career.
  3. To enable students to develop an understanding of best practices with regard to teaching and learning.
  4. To provide students with the opportunity to bridge educational theory with practice through mentored field experiences in diverse educational settings.

Minor in Education

The minor in Education is designed to provide students with an opportunity to explore the possibility of a career related to the field of education. Students may select one of two tracks within the minor: an early childhood/early elementary track or a middle grades/high school track.

Grades: Students must pass education courses with a grade of C or better to count toward fulfillment of the minor. – Middle Grades/ High School Track

Total Credit Hours: Students must earn a total of 22 credit hours to fulfill the minor requirements.


  1. Required Courses: (16 credit hours)
    1. EDU 212 Teaching Foundations: Middle School/High School (4cr)
    2. EDU 260 Experiential Teaching Methods (4cr)
    3. EDU 305 Educational Psychology (4cr)
    4. EDU 315 Culturally Competent Educators (4cr)
  2. Elective Courses: (minimum 6 credit hours)
    1. EDU 221 Science Teaching Methods (2cr)
    2. ODL 215 Initiatives for Adventure Education (4cr)
    3. ODL 315 Group Process (4cr)
    4. ODL 320 Program Planning and Design (4cr)
    5. PSY 204 Adolescent Development (4cr)
    6. PSY 325 Cognition (2cr)
    7. SWK 202 Skills of Helping Others (2cr)
    8. SWK 305 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I: The Life Course (4cr)
    9. WRI 207 Teaching Writing in Communities (4cr)
    10. Selected special topics and independent study courses within the Education department may count toward the elective credits for the minor.