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Educational Studies

John Kambutu

Professor/Department Head


Koren Clark

Office Associate

McWhinnie Hall, Room 213

Phone: 307-766-3130

Fax: 307-766-2018


Mailing Address

1000 East University Avenue, Dept 3374

Laramie, WY 82071

What Courses are offered?

Department of Educational Studies


EDST 1500. Education for Social Justice. 3 credit hours. Provides an introduction to the College of Education, UW, and the field of education in general. Students discover the primary intellecutal activities associated with diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice. Will be of most interest to those interested in teaching as a career. Prerequisites: none. 


EDST 2450 [EDFD 2450]. Foundations of Development & Learning. 3 credit hours. Offers a multidisciplinary and holistic overview of human development from conception to old age. Examines how and why people function as they do, the physical, cognitive, social and emotional aspects of being human and inquire into how goals, interests and roles in life change over time. While this course is interesting to any student, in that we learn about ourselves, it is especially useful for those preparing for human services careers Prerequisites:  2.5 UW cumulative institutional GPA 

EDST 2475 [EDUC 2475]. Independent Studies. 1-3 credit hours (Max. 9). Offers students the opportunity to complete special course-related work independently under direction of a college faculty member. Directed readings are done and projects are completed. Requires at least two conferences with instructor. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.


EDST 2480. Diversity and the Politics of Schooling. 4 credit hours. Designed to acquaint the student with philosophical, social, and political influences on North American education, to develop an understanding of the qualities of critical thinking, to raise awareness of critical issues in education, to develop an understanding of individual differences, diversity and multiculturalism. Prerequisites: Grade C or better in EDST 2450, sophomore standing, 2.5 total University of Wyoming institution GPA, and the successful completion of approved background check. 


EDST 3000 [EDUC 3000]. Teacher as Practitioner. 6 credit hours. Begins Phase II of the teacher education sequence. Practicum experiences are integral. Links theory and philosophy to classroom practice. Focuses on three major topics: planning for educational experiences, instructional models and strategies, and managing classrooms. Prerequisites: Successful completion of WA, Grade C or getter in QA, minimum 2.75 UW cumulative institutional GPA, Grade C or better in EDST 2480, Grade C or better in ITEC 2360, Grade C or better in EDEX 2484, junior standing, current State of Wyoming substitute teaching license.


EDST 3550. Educational Assessment. 2 credit hours. Designed to introduce students to key concepts and issues in classroom and standardized education assessments. topics include standards, reliability and validity of norm- and criterion-referenced assessments, and special issues surrounding the assessment of students with special needs. Addresses the basic ideas of classroom test design. Prerequisites: grade of C or better in a QA course, grade of C or better in EDST 2480, and a minimum 2.75 UW cumulative institutional GPA.

EDST 4000. Foundations of Education for a Diverse Society. 3 credit hours. Designed to acquaint students with philosophical, social, and political influences of North American education; to develop an understanding of the qualities of critical thinking for reflective teaching; to raise awareness of contemporary critical issues in education; to develop an understanding of individual differences, diversity, and multiculturalism. Practicum included. Prerequisites: earned bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better and grade C or better EDST 2450 or concurrent enrollment.


EDST 4740 [EDFD 4740]. Field Studies in _____. 1-5 credit hours (Max. 12). Offered only through extension services. Broad and flexible; can be utilized in numerous situations to meet local needs. Credit in this course is not applicable toward advanced degrees. Prerequisite: 6 hours of education. (Offered based on sufficient demand and resources)


EDST 4750 [EDUC 4750]. Perspectives on Teaching. 1-3 credit hours (Max. 6). For undergraduate students selected to collaborate with UW faculty or professional staff in the delivery and sometimes the design of a university course, this course augments in-class experiences with an examination of basic learning and teaching principles. Offered for S/U only. Prerequisites: 3.0 GPA; consent of instructor.

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