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Educational Studies

Think of the advances societies have made over the centuries in technology, medicine, law, art, music, science , and engineering. Each of these disciplines moves forward due to our ability to take previous knowledge and pass it on to future generations.

Education allows us to pass the intellectual torch forward and ensure that our shared knowledge, insights and creative spirit continue to regenerate and are not lost or neglected.

At Monmouth College, education is viewed as both a profession—teaching, and a discipline—the study of collective imagination and action. Studying Education at Monmouth allows you to teach the next generation in a subject area of your choice, be it Mathematics, English, History, etc., as well as the grade level in which you feel most comfortable—elementary or secondary

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Monmouth also offers you alternative visions of the instructional experience—be it preparing to work with others abroad, finding an educative purpose in health and agriculture, or advocating causes which benefit the community or those in need of support. At Monmouth, education is a theoretical and practical worldview that connects us to others, empowers us to action, and motivates us to pursue justice and the common good.

Elementary Education Major with Teacher Licensure

Students in Elementary Education serve a crucial role in our society, and Monmouth College has a continuous and reputable history of preparing promising individuals for educationally related careers.

Educational Studies

Becoming an accomplished education professional involves personal commitment and extensive theoretical and practical preparation. The Department of Educational Studies currently offers a major in elementary education and coursework leading to initial Illinois teaching licensure (grades 1-6) that rests upon a conceptual framework dedicated to the principles of knowledge, experience and professionalism.

Content Major with Teacher Licensure

Additionally, the Illinois State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board has approved the following programs at Monmouth College:

  • Content Area Major with 9-12 grade level Teacher Licensure:
    • Drama-Theatre Arts
    • English Language Arts
    • Mathematics
    • Physical Education
    • Social Science-History
  • Content Area Major with K-12 grade level Teacher Licensure:
    • Foreign Language-Latin
    • Foreign Language-French
    • Foreign Language-Spanish
    • Music
    • Physical Education
Educational Studies Major

The Educational Studies major provides students with a unique interdisciplinary course of study that emphasizes the broader social context that surrounds and shapes education. Students majoring in Educational Studies develop a well-rounded and foundational understanding of education at the socio-cultural level by examining the historical, political, cultural, and economic components of education in a pluralistic society. Recognizing that social problems cannot be sufficiently understood, let alone solved, in the school setting alone, the major examines the meaning of, challenges to, and possibilities of various forms of informal and formal education.

The major focuses on the academic study of education through several disciplinary perspectives, including history, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, and psychology. This interdisciplinary approach allows students the opportunity to develop more systemic knowledge and understanding of education. Students will enrich their knowledge of themselves as well as society through a study of how various groups and populations experience education in its diverse manifestations and cross-cultural practices.

Career Opportunities
The major offers a flexible approach to students’ education that will develop transferable skills to think creatively and critically, preparing them for a variety of careers, graduate school, or alternative pathways to teacher licensure. Majoring in Educational Studies at Monmouth opens doors to careers (which may or may not require further education and/or certification) in the following sectors:

  • School Counseling
  • Nonprofit & Community Organizations
  • Peace Corps
  • Education Policy
  • International Teaching and Education
  • Museums and Zoos
  • Speech Pathology
  • Teach for America (and other teaching programs)
  • Health Education
  • Admissions and Higher Education

Graduate School
Students who major in Educational Studies will be well prepared for graduate school. The major emphasizes a challenging academic approach to the study of society and education, encouraging collaboration across academic disciplines and underscoring a diversity of scholarly perspectives. The conceptual tools and skills acquired in the major will equip students for the intellectual rigor of graduate school.

Major Requirements

The major consist of 10.5 course credits. Students take 7.5 course credits of the required courses:

  • EDST 100: Foundations of Education (1.0 course credits)
  • EDST 215: Human Diversity in Educational Communities (1.0 course credits)
  • EDST 250 Topical Foundations in Educational Studies (1.0 course credits)
  • EDST 350: Special Topics in Educational Studies (0.5 to 1.0 course credits)
  • EDST 402: Educational Technology (.5 course credits)
  • EDST 420: Senior Seminar (1.0 course credits)


Students choose 3.0 course credits from the following elective courses:

  • EDST 260: Food, Ethics, and Education (1.0 course credits)
  • EDST 377: Foundations of Art Education (1.0 course credits)
  • COMM 333: Organizational Communication (1.0 course credits)
  • PSYC 321: Cultural Psychology (1.0 course credits)
  • ANTH 368: Childhood in Cross-Cultural Perspective (1.0 course credits)
  • SOCI 345: Social Inequality (1.0 course credits) 


Educational Studies Minor

The Educational Studies minor explores the complex relationship between society, self, and education, recognizing that social problems cannot be sufficiently understood, let alone solved, in the school/classroom setting alone. The minor takes an interdisciplinary approach in addressing social and educational problems through social scientific and humanistic inquiry.

Completion of one 5.0 course credit track selected from below is required:

  1.  Sociocultural Perspectives on Education
    • EDST 100: Foundations of Education
    • EDST 215: Human Diversity in Educational Communities
    • EDST 250: Topical Foundations in Educational Studies
    • EDST 350: Topical Foundations in EDST
    • ANTH 368: Anthropology of Childhood or SOCI 345: Social Inequality
  2. Psychological Perspectives on Education
    • EDST 100: Foundations of Education
    • EDST 215: Human Diversity in Educational Communities
    • EDST 350: Topical Foundations in EDST
    • PSYCH 100: Introduction to Psychology
    • PSYCH 233: Social Psychology OR PSYCH 237: Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  3. Sociocultural Perspectives, Food, and Education
    • EDST 100: Foundations of Education
    • EDST 215: Human Diversity in Educational Communities
    • EDST 260: Food, Ethics, and Education
    • EDST 350: Topical Foundations in EDST
    • ANTH 220: Anthropology of Food