Petition for a Course Exception


  • Students may petition to substitute a maximum of two, five-unit (or equivalent) courses for minor electives
  • Typically, substitutions for upper-division courses:
    • are upper-division
    • yield 5 quarter units (or equivalent)
    • are education course(s), education-related course(s), or include a strong educational focus that connects learning and teaching in some way
    • include relevant readings and rigorous assignments comparable to a UCSC Education Department upper-division education course
    • are taught by department faculty (not a student run course)
  • If the course was taken at another institution, it must be transferable to UCSC.  
  • Individual Studies Courses in the Education Department must also be petitioned to substitute for an elective.

Petition Process:

  1. Complete a Petition for Exception form
  2. Additional documentation:
    • Letter of Explanation (Half to one-page explanation detailing the reason for your request and why the course(s) should meet the requirements for substitution)
    • Official Catalog Description of Course(s)
    • Syllabus for the Course(s) - (including readings and assignments)
    • A printed list (screen shot) of UCSC Education courses completed (from MyUCSC).
    • Supplemental Materials if applicable:
      1. EAP course description (for study abroad courses)
      2. Signed Individual Studies Course Petition (Any EDUC course numbered 190-199)
  3. Drop off the Petition packet to the advisor in McHenry 2163 or in the Education Drop Box near 2163 OR send via email with all documents in one file
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Timeline:

  • Petitions are reviewed monthly (October through June)
  • Decisions will be sent via email after review
Please be aware of campus policies regarding double-counting a course https://registrar.ucsc.edu/navigator/section3/declaring/double.html
Questions? Contact Amy Raedeke, Education Undergraduate Advisor.