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 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.

Education Minor Requirements:

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)
    • Lower division foundational course for the department with no prerequisites
    • Pre-requisite for EDUC 180
    • 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
    • Offered in Fall and Winter quarter and requires a 30 hour observation practicum
      • Additional requirements for practicum:
        1. Live scan fingerprinting with the use of specific paperwork:
          • Please DO NOT request live scan service until prompted by the department. Live scan service will cost approximately $70-$80 and will not be reimbursed. Please budget for this expense in the months prior to the start of the class.
            • If your previous live scan results were received by the Santa Cruz County Office of Education (SCCOE), and SCCOE can verify your clearance, you may be able to use that clearance.
            • 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.
            • If 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.
        2. Online Mandated Reporter Training (free)
        3. 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.
    • The Department Advisor will contact you regarding these requirements once you are enrolled
    • You can get started on UDE prior to completing EDUC 180

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)   


      • Priority enrollment in UDE is granted to declared Education Minor students

      • 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

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

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