Educational Studies Dual Major

Educational Studies Dual Major

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What is the educational studies dual major?

The educational studies dual major degree program is designed for students who want to combine their interest in another field of study with an understanding of educational practices and tools, but may not plan to pursue a certificate to teach in public schools. You’ll learn about the education system and current perspectives in education, then choose electives in areas ranging from teaching methods to language and literacy to special education. 

Why study educational studies at UNH?

As a major research university, we place emphasis on hands-on learning and research with faculty, giving you valuable experience that will be relevant both inside and outside the classroom. Community engagement also is central to the mission of the Education Department, resulting in strong collaborative relationships and opportunities with schools and community agencies in the region and internationally. The Community Literacy Center offers resources and engaging programs right on campus. Several outreach programs work in the surrounding communities to increase literacy, offer English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) instruction and provide special needs services.

Potential careers

  • Community outreach coordinator
  • Curriculum materials developer
  • Education coordinator
  • Education specialist for NGO
  • Educational software developer
  • Legal advocate
  • Museum director/curator
  • Nutritionist
  • Physician
  • Psychologist
  • Social policy analyst


Curriculum & Requirements

The educational studies dual undergraduate major provides an opportunity for students to broaden their disciplinary education through focused exploration and application of educational studies, acknowledging the inherent educational aspect of many professions that communicate information and work for social change at any scale. The dual major in educational studies emphasizes experiential learning in transdisciplinary learning communities, research with faculty, corporate and K-12 engagement and community service. The dual major does NOT lead to a teaching certification.

The dual major in educational studies requires (32 credits) each completed with a C+ or better.  Any education course to be applied for a future teacher licensure requirement must be completed with a grade of B- or better. The dual major cannot be declared until after a first major has been declared and students must have a UNH undergraduate GPA of a 2.50 or better at the time of declaring. The required minimum overall GPA in major coursework is 2.50.

Required courses

EDUC 402
Introduction to Educational Studies: Social Change and Education in Local and Global Contexts
Explorations in Learning and Teaching4
Choose one (1) 500-level exploration and applied experience course:
EDUC 500
Exploring Teaching
EDUC 520
Education, Poverty, and Development
Core Courses8
Two (2) core courses emphasizing interdisciplinary grounding in education and learning (All 700 level Ed courses are open to only Juniors and Seniors):
EDUC 605
Educational Perspectives in Critical Times
EDUC 701
Human Development & Learning: Cultural Perspectives
Elective Courses12
Choose three (3) elective courses, providing students with opportunities for focused inquiry in educational studies. Students may either emphasize a single cluster or take elective coursework in more than one cluster below:
Instructional Methods in Schools
Classroom Management: Creating Positive Learning Environments
Teaching Elementary School Science
Teaching Elementary Social Studies
EDUC 706
Introduction to Reading in the Elementary School
EDUC 745
Math with Technology in Early Education
MATH 601
Exploring Mathematics for Teachers I
MATH 703
Teaching of Mathematics in Grades K-5
Language and Literacy
EDUC 506
Literacy Tutoring at the Elementary School Level
EDUC 550
Language and Linguistic Diversity in Schools
EDUC 712
Teaching Multilingual Learners
EDUC 734
Children's Literature
Special Education
EDUC #556
Mentoring Adolescents with Disabilities in the Transition to Work
EDUC 750
Introduction to Exceptionality
Educating Exceptional Learners: Elementary
Educating Exceptional Learners: Secondary
EDUC 756
Supporting Families of Individuals with Exceptionalities
EDUC 760
Introduction to Young Children with Special Needs
EDUC 761
Inclusive Curriculum for Young Children with Special Needs
Critical and Diverse Perspectives
Public Issues, Democratic Schooling & Active Citizenship in a Global Context
EDUC 520
Education, Poverty, and Development
EDUC 525
Teaching Race
EDUC #625
Anthropological Thinking on Education
EDUC 718
Critical Social Justice in and Beyond Education
Law and Educational Policy
EDUC 767
Students, Teachers, and the Law
Capstone Course 1
EDUC 784Educators as Community-Engaged Researchers4
or Semester in the City if completed during senior year
or INCO 790 Advanced Research Experience and URC Presentation
or McNair Research Thesis
or A capstone in their first major-if it's related to an Educational Studies project and approved by both advisors and the director of Undergraduate Studies.
Total Credits32

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of each individual major program. Bachelor of arts candidates must also satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement.

Students who are interested in a dual major in Educational Studies will need to file an Intent to Dual Major Form. The form is available from the program website at Program offices are located Morrill Hall room 203BA and room 209 and are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Cindy Glidden at


The Dual Major in Educational Studies is flexible, rigorous, transdisciplinary and bridges community engagement with theoretical explorations. Students will analyze, evaluate, and create approaches to challenges facing education in the context of organizations, cultures, history, and technologies in different environments and societies. Pedagogically, the Dual Major in Educational Studies will provide an engaged set of educational experiences that continually emphasize the sociocultural and ecological context of all objects of study. 

The overarching goal of the Dual Major in Educational Studies is to graduate intellectually engaged students who understand the complexities of education and who are capable of analyzing and evaluating complex problems influencing education from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

GOAL ONE: Our students effectively analyze the social dimensions of education, to include issues of culture, gender, equity, health, and economics.Specifically, students will:

  • demonstrate understanding of the roles of gender, race, ethnicity, and economic class in effecting education in formal and informal settings.
  • demonstrate understanding of the history and politics of education including the principles, assumptions and impacts of school reform initiatives, education, international development and economic globalization as well as alternatives for defining and pursuing diverse conceptions of education, quality of life, and equity.
  • demonstrate understanding of how economics and markets shape private and public actions and outcomes with respect to education on local, regional, national and global scales.
  • demonstrate understanding of the origins, similarities and differences among concepts of diversity, universality, pluralism, multiculturalism, and cosmopolitanism and their implications for education in formal and informal at a variety of scales.
  • demonstrate cultural self-awareness and cultural sensitivity in analysis, synthesis, visioning, design and intervention related to studies in education.
  • demonstrate an understanding of the role of public health related to education at various scales.

GOAL TWO: Our students engage diverse histories of education in the context of civic engagement, activism, and commitment to equity and justice for Social Good. Specifically, students will:

  • demonstrate understanding of the relationship between awareness and action and be able to articulate theories of ethics and civic engagement in the context of educational initiatives on local, national and international levels.
  • demonstrate understanding of the principles, assumptions and frameworks of educating for equity and justice from diverse perspectives.
  • critique these issues based on their direct experience in "engaged learning" projects as well as in historical social movement analogues, including civil rights, abolition, environmental movements, and women's suffrage.

Students in the Dual Major in Educational Studies complete community engagement projects across numerous EDUC courses, from EDUC 402: Intro to Educational Studies, EDUC 520: Education, Poverty & Development" to EDUC 784: Educators as Community-Engaged Researchers. A great resource for finding community partners is housed at the UNH Office of Civic & Community Engagement.

UNH Office of Community, Equity and Diversity
UNH Institute on Disability
UNH Professor Judy Sharkey’s Pakistan Fairytales Project
UNH Office of International Students & Scholars
UNH Office of Multicultural Student Affairs
NH Toy Library

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