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


Judy Sharkey

Director, Undergraduate Studies
Phone: (603) 862-7055
Office: Education, Morrill Hall Rm 206B, Durham, NH 03824

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
Course 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 and Learning: Educational Psychology
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
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 Course4
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 Professor Paula Salvio at or Cindy Glidden at

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