Educational Studies

Educational Studies - BA-MDST Major

The Educational Studies (MDST ES) concentration prepares Millersville students for work in the field of education, outside of public schooling. This unique concentration recognizes the important educational opportunities provided by social service agencies, museums, private schools, for-profit organizations, government agencies, new education start-ups, and so on. Students who enroll in the MDST ES concentration will take classes that will prepare them to think about teaching and learning in diverse settings, and will match them with valuable field experiences and internships according to their interests.

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Core Program 1 (18 credits)

Foundations of Education

  • EDFN 211 Foundations of Modern Education
  • EDFN 241 Psychological Foundations of Teaching
  • SPED 237 Applied Foundations of Contemporary Education
  • EDSE 321 Issues In Secondary Education
  • ELED 371 Teaching Gifted and Able Children
  • One of the following:
    • EDFN 320 Instructional Technology In Elementary Education
    • EDFN 330 Instructional Technology, Design and Assessment

Core Program 2 (18 credits)

Sociocultural & Contemporary Approaches to Education

  • ANTH 121 Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 220 Ethnographic Methods
  • ERCH 315 Family and Community: Aspects of Diversity
  • One of the following:
    • ERCH 316 Creative Experiences for the Young Child
    • ERCH/ITEC 290 Children's Engineering
  • One of the following:
    • EDUC 433 Gender & Race in Children's Literature
    • EDFN 355 Living Online
  • One of the following:
    • EDUC 403 Pluralism in the Classroom
    • EDFN 376 Whose School is it Anyway? The Struggle for Equity in American Schooling

Capstone Experience (3 credits)

Educational Foundations Internship

This credit-bearing internship is coordinated through the Experiential Learning and Career Management (ELCM) office.  It requires an internship supervisor, internship proposal, 225 hours in the field (3 cr.), and an approved outcomes paper or project (typically 5-10 pages).

General Education (45 credits)

Millersville University's General Education curriculum is designed to cultivate the intellect by educating students to reason logically, to think critically, to express themselves clearly, and to foster an understanding of the human condition. The General Education requirements are detailed here.

Electives (36 credits)

All baccalaureate majors require students to complete a minimum of 120 credits.  Completing Core 1, Core 2, the Capstone Experience, and all General Education requirements typically requires 84 credits.  Students therefore need to take an additional 36 elective credits to reach the requirement of 120. Students work with advisors to select additional courses, minors, or second majors as part of this elective block.  For students in the MDST in Educational Studies concentration, students are strongly encouraged to consult with their advisor to select an academic minor to support their specific career aspirations.  Suggested minors include:

  • Foreign Language
  • Sociology
  • Anthropology
  • Criminology
  • Psychology
  • Mathematics
  • Latino Studies
  • African American Studies
  • Women's Studies
  • Athletic Coaching
  • Environmental Issues
  • International Studies
  • Theatre
  • Art
  • Music
  • Government & Political Affairs


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