Minors

The Lynch School of Education offers a variety of minors open to Lynch School students, as well as some minors that are open to undergraduate students throughout the University. Please visit the Office of Undergraduate Student Services in Campion 104 & 106 for additional information.

Minors for Lynch Students

Middle School Mathematics Teaching

A minor in Middle School Mathematics Teaching is available to undergraduates who are either: Elementary Education majors (with an MCAS Mathematics major OR a Mathematics/Computer Science Interdisciplinary major) OR Secondary Education majors (with an MCAS Mathematics major).

Teaching mathematics in the middle school is great fun and teachers in this area are in great need.  Less than twenty-five percent of the middle school mathematics teachers in the United States of America are currently certified to teach mathematics at the middle school level.  While the minor does not lead directly to middle school mathematics certification at Boston College (we do not offer middle school certification), it does fulfill the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics requirements for middle school teachers of mathematics. With this minor, acquiring middle school mathematics certification in Massachusetts should not be difficult.

Leadership in Higher Education and Community Settings

This interdisciplinary minor, Leadership in Higher Education and Community Settings, is offered by the Lynch School of Education to students in the Lynch School of Education, Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, Connell School of Nursing, and in the Carroll School of Management.  This minor serves students who are interested in institutions of higher education, in local and international non-government organizations (NGOs) and/or in community-based programs.  The minor consists of six courses (18 credits), which are taken in the Lynch School of Education and the Carroll School of Management.  The Leadership in Higher Education and Community Settings minor includes 2 required courses (6 credits) and 4 courses (12 credits) that must be selected from the list of approved courses provided below.  APHD majors must earn 18 credits and must choose different APSY courses than their focus electives.

Educational Theatre

The Department of Theatre is offering an Educational Theatre Minor designed for Lynch School of Education students in Teacher Education and Applied Psychology and Human Development. This new minor provides drama education and theatre training to LSOE students who hope to include theatre as a subject they teach and practice in school settings and/or who want to use creative dramatics and applied theatre techniques as teaching tools in other institutional settings.  As research consistently supports the impact of creative dramatics on students’ self-esteem, literacy achievement, overall stamina, and psychological health (Brinda, 2008; Dupont, 1998; Moran, 2006), the study and practice of theatre arts, richly enhances pedagogy for teachers and human service providers. Furthermore, Theatre techniques have also emerged as a successful intervention for students with moderate and severe special needs (Hipsky, 2007), thus complementing a special needs concentration. This minor is comprised of 6 courses and 2 labs for a total of 20 credits.

MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP MINOR

A minor in Management and Leadership is offered to students in the Lynch School of Education who are interested in pursuing management careers. This minor focuses on the behavioral side of management by offering courses designed to increase students’ knowledge of leadership and management and build skills in these areas. Students must complete six courses offered by the Management and Organization Department. The Management and Leadership minor will help students develop and enhance their ability to lead and manage people and organizations.  More specifically, students will

  • develop an appreciation for the fundamentals and complexity of successful leadership; 
  • identify exemplary leadership in themselves and others; and 
  • demonstrate effective leadership and management skills


Courses

The minor is completed by taking two required courses and four MB electives.

Prerequisites

Students must have a 3.5 GPA.

Communication Minor

The Department of Communication is offering a Communication Minor designed for Lynch School of Education students in Teacher Education and Applied Psychology and Human Development. This new minor includes four courses plus two communications electives.

Special Education Concentration

The Special Education Concentration is available to Lynch School of Education students only.  This includes students majoring in Elementary Education, Secondary Education, and Applied Psychology and Human Development who have an interest in special needs education.  The concentration consists of four courses that include one Teacher Education core required course (EDUC 1044); two special education courses [EDUC 2208 and either EDUC 6373 (for teacher education majors) or EDUC 6374 (for APHD majors)]; and elective options for the fourth course.  Selection of the fourth course should be made in consultation with the student’s advisor, with consideration for the student’s major interests.

TELL: Teaching English Language Learners Certificate

The Lynch School of Education at Boston College offers a certificate program in Teaching English Language Learners (TELL).  Candidates should be working toward a licensure in an education field (early childhood, elementary, secondary, reading, etc.).  This program is designed to prepare mainstream teachers to work with bilingual learners/English Language Learners in their mainstream classroom settings.  The certificate requires two courses and completion of a field experience in a classroom that includes bilingual learners.

Minors for Non-Lynch Students

Applied Psychology and Human Development Minor

The Applied Psychology and Human Development minor for students in the Carroll School of Management consists of 18 credits in the Lynch School of Education.  Three courses (9 credits) are required and the remaining three courses (9 credits) must be selected from among upper level (2000+) psychology in education courses or a practicum as listed below.  Please note: in some cases, a pre-requisite course must be taken in order to enroll in certain courses.

Foundation in Education

All students except Lynch School students are eligible to declare this 18 credit minor. The minor consists of six courses (18 credits). The courses are listed below and descriptions can also be found in the Boston College Undergraduate catalog. This minor does not lead to certification.

Inclusive Education

The Department of Teacher Education, Special Education, & Curriculum and Instruction (LSOE) offers the Inclusive Education minor for students enrolled in MCAS and CSOM.  The minor is designed to (a) introduce students to the world of disabilities and special education, with an emphasis on special education practice, and (b) enhance the ability of future professionals to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population of students in America’s schools.  The minor is compatible with efforts of MCAS and Lynch School’s joint Teachers for a New Era initiative as well as the CSOM’s special interest.  The six-course minor (18 credits and a zero-credit field observation) is consistent with the number of courses/credits required for minors in MCAS and CSOM.  It includes two courses that MCAS majors may take as part of BC’s social science and cultural diversity core requirements (APSY1030/1031).  CSOM students should check with their advisor.  Classes in this minor

Leadership in Higher Education and Community Settings

This interdisciplinary minor, Leadership in Higher Education and Community Settings, is offered by the Lynch School of Education to students in the Lynch School of Education, Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, Connell School of Nursing, and in the Carroll School of Management.  This minor serves students who are interested in institutions of higher education, in local and international non-government organizations (NGOs) and/or in community-based programs.  The minor consists of six courses (18 credits), which are taken in the Lynch School of Education and the Carroll School of Management.  The Leadership in Higher Education and Community Settings minor includes 2 required courses (6 credits) and 4 courses (12 credits) that must be selected from the list of approved courses provided below.  APHD majors must earn 18 credits and must choose different APSY courses than their focus electives.

Secondary Education

Courses that are required for the Secondary Education Minor include the Morrissey College core and major requirements in one of the certification areas for the Secondary Education Minor.  Please note: students must be officially accepted into the Secondary Education Minor program.  An application form is included at the back of the booklet.  A minimum grade point average of 3.0 and a record free of academic deficiencies is required to be considered for the Minor.