Undergraduate Minor in Education Leadership and Policy for Equity

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The education leadership and policy for equity minor is designed for undergraduate students interested in critically exploring some of the most pressing issues facing education today. This minor offers coursework that will prepare undergraduate students for entry-level positions in educational leadership, policy, non-profits and a variety of other organizations. The education leadership and policy for equity minor will help students develop a focused understanding of sociopolitical, cultural and economic issues that affect equity in schools, colleges and communities in today’s globalized society.

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Why Minor in Educational Leadership and Policy for Equity?

Open to all majors, this minor provides students the opportunity to study through coursework and experiential learning topics such as: race, gender and class inequality; poverty and homelessness; immigrant and refugee education; higher education access; school-community partnerships; and violence prevention.

After completing this minor, you will obtain:

  • ability to use knowledge from education leadership, policy, and the social sciences to address justice issues.
  • awareness of how social inequality affects education systems and policy.
  • best practices and hands-on skills for working in diverse education contexts.

This minor is appropriate for students seeking careers in:

  • educational leadership, administration or policy in K-12
  • educational leadership, administration or policy in higher education
  • leadership and policy in related fields, such as
    • community development
    • government
    • non-profits
    • public administration
    • social work
    • urban planning

Program Overview

Academic minor completed Educational Leadership and Policy for Equity
Credits required for completion 18
Time to completion 2 to 3 semesters 
Course delivery On campus, online or hybrid
Careers
  • educational leadership, administration or policy in K–12
  • educational leadership, administration or policy in higher education
  • leadership and policy in related fields, such as:
    • community development
    • government
    • non-profits
    • public administration
    • social work
    • urban planning

Program Coursework

The equity minor program consists of 18 credits, including four required courses and two electives. You must achieve a minimum of 2.0 in all courses to remain in good standing in the minor. Course descriptions can be found in the UB Undergraduate Catalog.

Required Courses (12 credits)

  • ELP 200 Foundations of Education Policy and Leadership for Social Justice
  • ELP 201 Educational and Social Policy in Action
  • ELP 405 Sociology of Education
  • ELP 407 Language, Culture and Education in a Global Society

Elective Courses (6 credits) (choose two)

  • AAS 355 Race, Class, and Society
  • ECO 464 Economics of the Public Sector
  • ELP 406 Global and International Perspectives on Education
  • ELP 492/592 American Education for International Students
  • LAI 350 Introduction to Education
  • SOC 331 Sociology of Wealth and Poverty
  • UBE 496 Leadership for Action

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University Computing Standards

You are required to have daily access to a reliable broadband connection and a computer that meets university computing standards. You are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning your coursework.