Education for Empowerment

Overview & Requirements
Course Schedule
edMinor Overview

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?


Shari Saunders, a professor of clinical practice in Educational Studies and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and Educator Preparation, on the value of the edMINOR.
edMINOR students hail from across the campus and bring a rich diversity of experience and expertise, coupled with commitment to advancing justice through education.
Assistant Professor Enid Rosario-Ramos on how edMINOR coursework in EDUC 118 helps us to understand this historical moment and make the world a better place.


Total Credit Hours Required

Elective credits


Students choose any three from a single pathway (see below). A course may not be used as both a required foundation and an elective.

We currently offer three 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.


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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.

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



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Fall 2021 Minor Course Offerings

Course Title/Instructor Day/Time Room Credits

Introduction to Education: Schooling and Multicultural Society
Instructor: Simona Goldin

10:00–11:30 a.m.

Learning for Social Change
Instructor: Susan Santone

1:00–4:00 p.m.
SEB 2340 3

Introduction to Educational Policy, Inquiry, and Advocacy
Instructor: Michaela O'Neill

1:00–2:30 p.m.
SEB 2334 3

Coaching as Leading
Instructor: Shelly Kovacs

1:00–2:30 p.m.
SEB 1202 3

Growing Up in School: Education and Development from a Global Perspective
Instructor: Kevin Miller

10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
SEB 2346 3

Education for Empowerment Internship
Instructor: TBD


Coaching and Consulting for Social Change
Instructor: Michael Weiskopf

5:30–8:30 p.m.
SEB 2340 3

Video Games and Learning
Instructor: Christopher Quintana

10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Prechter Lab

Partners in Authentic Learning in Schools
Instructor: Allison Ryan

12:00–2:00 p.m.
SEB 2241 2–3

Community-Engaged Learning in ESL Teaching Contexts
Instructor: Carmela Gillette

2:30–4:00 p.m.

Community-Engaged Learning in ESL Teaching Contexts
Instructor: Judy Dyer

10:00–11:30 A.m.

Education, Peace, and Conflict
Instructor: Michelle Bellino

9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
SEB 2310 3

Web-Based Mentorship: Earth Odysseys
Instructor: Jeffrey Stanzler

2:30–4:00 p.m.
SEB 2310 3

Web-Based Mentorship: Learning Character Play
Instructor: Jeffrey Stanzler

1:00–2:30 p.m.
SEB 2320 3

Web-Based Mentorship: Arab-Israeli Conflict Simulation
Instructor: Jeffrey Stanzler

10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
SEB 2334 3

Education for Empowerment Capstone
Instructor: Elizabeth Moje

3:00–5:00 p.m.
SEB 2346 1

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Apply to the Minor


In order to declare the Education for Empowerment minor each student must:

  1. Meet with an academic advisor at the School of Education
  2. Have a declared major
  3. Receive a grade of C or better in a selected foundation course
  4. Submit the online declaration form


Current Policies

Effective Winter 2021

Each student who is interested in completing the Education for Empowerment minor must develop a plan and receive approval in consultation with academic advisors in the School of Education.

  • No course may be shared between the requirements of a minor and a supplemental studies program.
  • A maximum of one course may be shared between the requirements of a minor and a major.
  • A maximum of one non-EDUC course can be counted towards requirements.
  • A student must earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 (C) in the minor and within each course.
  • A student with a declared major may not enroll in EDUC 330 until the minor has been declared.
  • A student may select one foundation course and three elective courses from the full listing of approved pathway courses for the Design Your Own pathway option.
  • A student may propose an internship for approval by contacting soe.minor@umich.edu with details about the organization and the anticipated scope of responsibilities.
  • A student may not add, complete or declare a minor after graduation.
  • A student may not transfer courses from a different institution to count towards the minor.
  • A student may not use a course for the minor that is not on the approved course list.
  • A student must submit a request to change their pathway.
  • A student must submit a request to change approved courses in a customized pathway.

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