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Undergraduate Program

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An undergraduate major in Education is a co-major only. Students must take a minimum of 10 courses (minimum of thirty SHUs), including three core requirements and a capstone course. Up to three of the ten courses (a maximum of nine SHUs) may come from other departments. Three courses may count for the primary major as well, if that major also approves.

Each student works with a faculty advisor to design a program. The student and advisor propose their plan for approval to the department's Undergraduate Committee. In this way, the faculty will get to know our students, and students can have experiences tailored to their interests and needs. Students who declare a major in Education must submit their plan to the Undergraduate Committee by the following semester's add/drop deadline. The plan should consist of the major advising worksheet and a one page description of the program of study they hope to pursue.

Core Requirements

The core requirements are designed to focus on scholarship, research, and practice in the field of education. Each student will take at least one course in each of these fields. This will provide the student with a broad understanding of the field of education. The following courses are pre-approved as meeting the core requirements; further courses may also be considered by the Undergraduate Committee.

Cognitive and Social Development

  • ED 15 Social-Emotional Development & Ethical Civic Learning in Schools
  • ED 130 Human Development and Learning
  • CSHD 51 Intellectual Development of the Young Child
  • CSHD 82 Social Policy for Children and Families
  • CSHD 151 Advanced Intellectual Development of the Young Child
  • CSHD 152 Development of Thought and Language
  • CSHD 153 Culture and Learning: Issues for Education

School as Institutions

  • ED 160 Post-colonial Theories
  • ED 161 Anthropology and Sociology of Schooling
  • ED 162 Critical Histories of U.S. Education
  • ED 164 Education for Peace and Justice
  • ED 167 Critical Race Theories
  • ED 168 Pedagogies

Teaching and Learning

  • ED 10 Teaching and Learning in K-12 History and Social Studies
  • ED 11 Observing Theory in Action
  • ED 91 Language Arts in Action
  • ED 110 History and Political Science/Political Philosophy Curricula
  • ED 111 Development of Knowledge and Reasoning in the Science Curriculum
  • ED 112 Mathematics Learning Environments
  • ED 113 Language Arts Curricula in the Middle and Secondary School
  • ED 114 Linguistic Approaches to Second Language Acquisition
  • ED 116, 117 Interdisciplinary Elementary Curriculum
  • ED 119 Development of Knowledge and Reasoning in Engineering
  • ED 198 Step-Up Boston


All students complete a Capstone experience, which they design in consultation with their advisors. This could involve teaching as a guest or intern in K-12 schools, or as an undergraduate teaching assistant at Tufts; an internship at a museum; developing educational materials; or research on learning and teaching, independently or as part of a faculty member's project.