STEM Minor in Education Information

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

The STEM Minor in Education is an undergraduate course of study designed to explore theories of cognition, learning and pedagogy, and issues of cultural and linguistic diversity in education in the context of science and mathematics education. It specifically serves students in STEM majors who are considering careers in secondary mathematics or science teaching.

*Students pursuing the STEM Education Minor should meet with the Cal Teach staff as early as possible. 

The STEM Minor in Education consists of eight courses, totaling 32 credits and including ~75 hours of classroom field placements.  


Please note that although a STEM 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 STEM Minor requires students to complete:

Five required courses (17 credits)
→all 5 must be taken for a grade, see grading policy


1. EDUC 50 (A, B, or C): Cal Teach 1 (CaT1) (2 credits)

      • Take as soon as possible, you must apply through the calteach program
      • You may take EDUC 60 prior to EDUC 50

2. 
EDUC 60: Introduction to Education: Learning, Schooling, and Society
 (5 Credits)

      • Take as soon as possible, 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 section, you will be able to enroll into the course.
      • EDUC 60 is offered in Fall and Spring quarter

3. EDUC 100 (A, B, or C): Cal Teach 2 (CaT2)
 (2 credits)

4. EDUC 185B or 185C: Introduction to Mathematics Education (185B) or Introduction to Teaching Science (185C)
 (5 credits)

5. EDUC 185L: Cal Teach 3 (CaT3), Introduction to Teaching (3 credits)

  • You do not need to wait until you have completed the 5 required courses above to take your UDE, if you have the space in your schedule, you can get started on your UDE.

Three Upper-Division Elective (UDE) courses in Education (15 credits)
→one must be a diversity course 
→2 of the 3 must be taken for a grade, see grading policy

1. EDUC Upper-Division Elective #1 (5 credits) *Diversity Course  

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

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

IMPORTANT NOTES:

      • Priority enrollment for UDE courses is granted to declared STEM Education Minor students, and to students delcared in a science education major, declare as soon as possible!
      • Those not declared in the minor, or a priority major, will need a permission code in order to enroll.

      • Only one UDE may be taken P/NP, all other seven classes must be for a grade, please see Education Department Grading Policy
      • You do not need to wait until you have completed the 5 required courses above 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 STEM Education Minor students and to students declared in a science education major.

Those not declared in the minor, or a priority major, will need a permission code in order to enroll.

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

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

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