Natalie K. Person. 1994. Chair. B.A., University of Mississippi; M.S. and Ph.D., University of Memphis. (Cognitive psychology; learning technologies; educational psychology.)

Rhodes College offers a Minor in Educational Studies which subscribes to the following principles:

  • That students enrolled in strong liberal arts programs are best prepared to teach in the PK-12 setting by first earning a baccalaureate degree in their chosen teaching field.
  • That for students seeking licensure, the next step should be completion of a graduate degree in a professionally oriented teacher licensure program.
  • That by completing the Minor in Educational Studies, students will be more prepared to select and complete a graduate program in education that is most appropriate for their desired career in education or will be prepared to enter one of the many alternative pathways to a teaching position.

Based upon these principles, the Education Program at Rhodes has integrated the following attributes into the program:

  • The strengths of the liberal arts curriculum of Rhodes College;
  • The Vision and traditions of Rhodes College;
  • Opportunity for a variety of field experiences in the diverse Memphis and Mid-South Community;
  • Engagement with current practitioners in classes and in field experiences;
  • The flexibility to tailor the Minor in Educational Studies to fit student interest and career goals (e.g., elementary education, secondary education, higher education, counseling, school psychology, etc.);
  • Opportunity for a smooth and successful transition into graduate education programs (for licensure); and,
  • A required cumulative experience for research and/or internship in education with the possibility of doing this through a study abroad experience.

In order to assist students with admission and transition into graduate education programs, Rhodes College has entered into agreements with a number of graduate education programs, including the Peabody College of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University as well as with graduate programs at other institutions.

Requirements for a Minor in Educational Studies (24 credits):

Required Courses (16 credits)

ED 201. Foundations of Education (4 credits)
PSYC 222. Educational Psychology (4 credits)
ED 355. Principles of Curriculum & Instruction (4 credits)
ED 485. Senior Seminar (4 credits)

Two additional courses (8 credits)
PSYC 229. Developmental Psychology: Infancy & Childhood (4 credits)
PSYC 230. Adolescent Psychology (4 credits)
URBN 250. Intercultural Knowledge & Competence (F9, 4 credits)
ENGL 265. Essays in Education (4 credits)
EDUC 320. Race Class Gender Sexuality and Education (F9, 4 credits)
PHIL 255. Philosophy of Race (4 credits)
PHIL 270. Philosophy of Education (F11, 4 credits)
ECON 295. Economics of Education (2 credits)
PSYC 324. Evidence-based therapies (4 credits)
PSYC 326. Learning & Motivation (4 credits)
EDUC 451. Directed Research in Education (2-4 credits) 
EDUC 460. Internship in Education (2 - 4 credits)


Field Experiences

Field experiences in Educational Studies begin with required observations in the Foundations of Education course. Additional observations are required in the C&I course and some upper-level courses. 

Licensure to Teach

Licensure to teach is a function of state government offered through colleges and universities approved by their respective state departments and boards of education. Rhodes College has elected not to offer a teacher licensure program and recommends that students enrolling in liberal arts colleges like Rhodes seek licensure to teach through enrollment in professionally oriented graduate education programs. Rhodes students interested in earning licensure should meet with the Program Director to explore both traditional and non-traditional paths to licensure.

It should be understood that licensure programs nationwide are currently undergoing numerous and significant changes. Thus, students interested in earning licensure should stay abreast of changes in the requirements of any state in which they plan to teach. Licensure is generally transferable from one state to another, usually without additional requirements.

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Background Checks 

In that all education courses as well as some supporting field courses require in-school practica experiences, all students admitted to the Education Program (to earn a Minor in Educational Studies) will need to have a fingerprint and criminal background check. In accordance with Tennessee state law, the background check must be conducted by an agency approved and licensed by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. The results are to be sent to the identified Rhodes College representative and will be reviewed as part of the application process for the Minor in Educational Studies. The cost of the background check is the responsibility of the student.

Course Offerings

201. Foundations of Education.

Fall, Spring. Credits: 4

Foundations of Education provides an overview of the system of American education and the development and application of current educational practices. Specific course topics include: history and philosophy, legal and political aspects, school finance, professional expectations, best practices, and specific challenges related to teaching and learning in today’s society.

355. Principles of Curriculum and Instruction.

Spring. Credits: 4.

This course focuses on the development of the pedagogical knowledge, skills, and dispositions appropriate for successful teaching and provides opportunities for the student to apply the principles learned in the course. Special attention is given to the Ten Core Principles developed by the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC). The Curriculum and Instruction course is a service learning course in that each student is required to serve as a tutor in a PK-12 setting.

Prerequisites: Education 201 and junior standing.

451. Directed Research.

Fall, Spring. Credits: 2 or 4.

Degree Requirements: F11.

Students enrolling in the Directed Research course propose a research topic to the Education Program Director and once approved, conduct appropriate research on the topic. The course serves as a cumulative experience for the Minor in Education. Requirements will vary as to the selected topic and will include: regular meetings with the assigned faculty member, scholarly research, a mid-term report, and a final written report. An oral presentation will be made to an appropriate group or class.

Prerequisites: Education 201 and 355, junior/senior standing, and presentation of an acceptable prospectus for the research project.

460. Internship in Education

Fall, Spring. Credits: 2 or 4.

Degree Requirements: F11.

The Internship in Education is arranged on an individual basis and is designed to meet the identified needs and/or interests of the student. The internship serves as a cumulative experience for the Minor in Education. The internship will have a specific focus and the enrolled student will complete a minimum of 40 hours of field experience per credit earned as well as a scholarly reflective paper. An oral report will be made to an appropriate class or group.

Prerequisites: Education 201 and 355, junior/senior standing, and presentation of an acceptable prospectus for the internship.

PLEASE NOTE: This document reflects information as it was published in the 2014-15 Rhodes Catalogue. You may find more current information elsewhere on