Minor in Education Information

The Minor in Education is an undergraduate course of study that explores the history of educational thought and philosophy, the politics and economics of education, theories of cognition, learning and pedagogy, and issues of cultural and linguistic diversity in Education.

The Education Minor is designed to provide opportunities to examine basic questions, theories, practices, and research in the field of education. The Minor is useful to both liberal arts study and as a foundation for students planning to become teachers. 

The Education Minor consists of six courses, totaling 30 credits.  


Please note that although a Minor in Education does not confer or necessarily lead to a California Teaching Credential, it will be helpful and provides a foundation for post-baccalaureate programs.
If you are interested in learning more about UCSC's Teacher Education Program, please visit the Master of Arts/Credential Program.

The Education Minor requires students to complete:

Two required courses (10 credits)
→both must be taken for a grade, see grading policy

  1. EDUC 60: Introduction to Education: Learning, Schooling, and Society
 (5 credits)
    • This is the department's introductory course. It is a lower division foundational course for the department with no prerequisites, if there are no time conflicts in your schedule with the class and secton, you will be able to enroll into the course.
    • EDUC 60 is a pre-requisite for EDUC 180.
    • EDUC 60 is offered in Fall and Spring quarter
  2. EDUC 180: Introduction to Teaching
 (5 credits)
    • Restricted to education minors
    • EDUC 60 is a pre-requisite for EDUC 180, must get a C or better per grading policy
    • EDUC 180 is offered in Fall and Winter quarter and requires a 30 hour practicum.
      • For those who enroll, in order to be cleared for your practicum, recent live scan service with the use of specific paperwork is required for this course, DO NOT request live scan service until prompted by the department.
        • The paperwork needed for the service will be provided by the department prior to the start of the class, DO NOT REQUEST SERVICE WITHOUT THIS PAPERWORK.
        • Live scan service will cost approximately $70-$80, this is a course expense (like buying a course book), students must budget for this expense in the months prior to the start of the class.
        • This expense will NOT be reimbursed.
        • PREVIOUS BACKGROUND CHECKS/LIVE SCAN SERVICE CANNOT BE USED FOR THIS CLASS.
          • Unless your previous live scan results were received by the Santa Cruz County Office of Education (SCCOE), and SCCOE can verify your clearance, you will need to get fingerprinted again with the paperwork provided by the department.
            • To find out where your previous results went, contact the program for which you were previously fingerprinted. UCSC Education department staff cannot verify this information for you.
          • Unless you are coordinating your own observation placement at a school where you have already been cleared, and the school can verify your clearance in writing to the Undergraduate Advisor, you will need to get fingerprinted again with the paperwork provided by the department.
      • Mandated Reporter training is required for EDUC 180, you need to complete it to be cleared for your practicum. This training is free and will be completed on online. When you are contacted by the department about live scan service, information about this training will also be included.
      • Submission of valid evidence of a negative TB test or department Risk Assessment form signed by a medical professional will be required prior to the start of your practicum. When you are contacted by the department about live scan service, and mandated reporter training, information about TB testing/assessment will also be included.
      • You will be contacted by the department regarding preferences for your practicum.
    • You do not need to wait until you have completed EDUC 180 to take your UDE, if you have the space in your schedule, you can get started on your UDE

Four Upper-Division Elective (UDE) courses in Education (20 credits)
→3 of the 4 must be taken for a grade, see grading policy

  1. EDUC Upper-Division Elective #1 (5 credits)
  2. EDUC Upper-Division Elective #2 (5 credits)

  3. EDUC Upper-Division Elective #3 (5 credits)
  4. EDUC Upper-Division Elective #4 (5 credits)   

IMPORTANT NOTES:

      • Priority enrollment in UDE is granted to declared Education Minor students, declare as soon as possible!

      • Those not declared in the minor will need a permission code in order to enroll.

      • Only one UDE may be taken P/NP, all other five classes must be for a grade, see Education Department Grading Policy

      • You do not need to wait until you have completed EDUC 180 to take your UDE, if you have the space in your schedule, you can get started on your UDE 

*Priority enrollment for Upper-Division Education courses is granted to declared Education Minor students.

Those not declared in the minor will need a permission code in order to enroll.

See "Courses" for the current year's course offerings. 

Interested in declaring the Education Minor? See "How do I declare my Minor"