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. 

Please note that although a Minor in Education does not confer or necessarily lead to a California Teaching Credential, it provides a foundation and experience for graduate 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: (6 courses, 30 credits)

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)
    • Pre-requisite for EDUC 180
    • Offered in Fall and Spring quarter

  2. EDUC 180: Introduction to Teaching
 (5 credits)
    • Offered in Fall and Winter quarter
    • Includes 30 hour observation practicum at a local K-12 school
      • Additional requirements (info sent out to enrolled students prior to start of the quarter):
        1. Live scan fingerprinting: (Please DO NOT request live scan service until contacted by the Department Advisor. Live scan service will cost approximately $70-$80 and can't be reimbursed.)
        2. Submission of valid evidence of a negative TB test or Risk Assessment form
        3. Online Mandated Reporter Training (free)

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

      • If not declared, please contact the course instructor to ask for a permission code 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"