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Education for Empowerment

Overview & Requirements
Class Schedule

The Education for Empowerment minor is designed for students interested in examining the critical role of education in building our individual and collective capacity to advance the aims of justice and democracy in society.

Students will explore questions such as the following:

  • What is the relationship, historically and today, between education and power?
  • How do individuals, communities, organizations, and societies leverage teaching and learning as tools for social change and social movement?
  • Beyond schools and classrooms, what are the sites of educational and youth work that offer opportunities to advance justice, in the United States and around the world?
  • How might we develop our imagination for humanizing educational spaces—both within and beyond schools—that recognize everyday people’s power in the ongoing struggle for justice?


Total Credit Hours Required

Elective credits


Students choose any four from a single pathway. A course may not be used as both a required foundation and an elective.

We currently offer four pathways from which to choose, but students may petition to create their own individualized strand of coherent coursework, with the support and approval of an advisor.

Internship credits


Students complete EDUC 330 – The Education for Empowerment Internship.

The goal of the Education for Empowerment internship experience is to give students practical field experience in education work, broadly conceived. Although not tightly defined as formal teaching and learning activity, in all cases, the work must have some relevance to education and, specifically, to the student’s selected pathway.

Each student in the Education for Empowerment minor shall register for two credits of internship experience. These two credits can be earned by enrolling in one or more internship experiences. The internship can be taken in a single semester (for 2 credits), or over two semesters (1 credit per semester).

Capstone credits


Students complete EDUC 480 – The Education for Empowerment Capstone.

All students will complete the minor with a one-credit mandatory capstone course. The capstone asks students to consider their learning across all their courses and reflect on how the totality of their experiences informs their thinking about the role of education in the empowerment of children, youth, and/or adults. Students will create and present a multimedia presentation to illustrate their learning about education for empowerment.

Class Schedule

Term Sort descending Class Title Instructor
Spring 2024 EDUC 330-101
ED Empwrmt Internshp Kendra Hearn
Fall 2024 EDUC 118-001
Intr Ed:Sch Mcul Soc Jamaal Matthews
Fall 2024 EDUC 200-001
Learn for Social Chg Thomas Drake
Fall 2024 EDUC 211-001
Intro Ed Policy, Inquiry and Advocacy Michaela O'Neill
Fall 2024 EDUC 212-001
Hist College Athlet Gregory Dooley
Fall 2024 EDUC 240-001
Coaching as Leading Gregory Dooley
Fall 2024 EDUC 330-001
ED Empwrmt Internshp Kendra Hearn
Fall 2024 EDUC 333-001
Video Games&Learning Jeff Stanzler, Rachel Niemer
Fall 2024 EDUC 335-001
Education and Equity in Name, Image and Likeness in College Athletics Greg Dooley
Fall 2024 EDUC 360-001
Partners in Learning TBD Grad Student, Jamaal Matthews
Fall 2024 EDUC 462-001
Lrn Character Play Jeffrey Stanzler
Fall 2024 EDUC 480-001
ED Empwrmt Capstone Kendra Hearn
Fall 2024 EDUC 490-003
Topics Professnl Ed Rona Carter

Declare the Minor

To declare the Education for Empowerment minor, students must:


Current Policies

Effective Fall 2024

Students interested in completing the Education for Empowerment minor must develop a plan and receive approval in consultation with academic advisors in the Marsal School. Students must also observe the following policies:

  • Students must declare the minor before graduation
  • Students must earn a GPA of at least 2.0 (C) within each course and in the minor overall
  • Only courses on the approved course list count toward the minor
  • Courses transferred to UM from other institutions do not count toward the minor
  • A maximum of one non-EDUC course may be counted towards the minor
  • A maximum of one course may be shared between the requirements of a minor and a major
  • Courses may count toward only one minor or supplemental studies program
  • Students with a declared major must declare the minor before they may enroll in EDUC 330
  • Students who choose the Design Your Own pathway option may select one foundation course and three elective courses from the full listing of approved pathway courses
  • Students may change approved courses in a customized pathway by submitting the Course Substitution Request Form
  • Students may change their pathway by submitting the Minor Pathway Change Request Form
  • Students may propose an internship for approval by contacting [email protected] with details about the organization and the anticipated scope of responsibilities


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Advancing Equity Through Education Policy

For students working at the intersections of public policy and education, this pathway focuses on policy inquiry, design, and implementation that intervene in the problems of educational injustice and social inequities.

MUSED 111**The Art of Music Teaching
EDUC 119Education Policy in a Multicultural Society
EDUC 210Mathematics and Social Justice
EDUC 211Introduction to Educational Policy, Inquiry and Advocacy
EDUC 220Coaching for Today's Society
EDUC 240Coaching as Leading and Leading as Coaching
EDUC 275Wellness for Learning, Teaching, Coaching, and Leadership
ECON 325Economics of Education
EDUC 332Coaching and Consulting for Social Change
EDUC 362Michigan Student Caucus
RCSSCI 365 /
Excellence, Equity, and the Politics of Education
EDCURINS 382Introduction to Environmental Education for Sustainable Development
EDUC 390 /
ELI 390 /
LING 390 /
RCSSCI 390 /
Community-Engaged Learning in ESL Teaching Contexts
SOC 458Sociology of Education
EDUC 460Equity in Everyday Practices
EDUC 490Topics in Professional Education - Designing the Future of Undergraduate Education