Education Minor

The Education Minor 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. It is designed to provide opportunities to examine basic questions, theories, practices, and research in the field of education.

Although a Minor in Education does not confer or necessarily lead to a California Teaching Credential, it provides a foundation and experience to apply to graduate programs. UCSC's Master's/Credential Program

Total Minor Requirements: (6 courses, 30 credits)

First Course (5 credits)

  1. EDUC 60: Schooling, Democracy, and Justice
(offered Fall and Spring)
    • Pre-req for EDUC 180 and 110

*Students can declare the minor while enrolled in Educ60 and declared in major

Upper division courses can be taken in any order

EDUC180 OR EDUC110 (5 credits)

EDUC 180: Introduction to Teaching (offered Fall and Winter)
  • Includes 30 hour observation practicum at a local K-12 school to completed over 7-8 weeks (Please account for extra time to travel to school sites in addtition to the 30 hours spent observing a clasroom)
    • Additional requirements (Please wait for instructions):
      1. Live scan fingerprinting/background check
      2. Negative TB Screening

EDUC 110Popular Education, Democracy, and Social Movements (offered Winter and Spring)

Four Upper-Division Elective courses (20 credits)

  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)   


      • To enroll in UD courses, declare the Minor

      • One UDE may be taken P/NP

      • Minors are not printed on UCSC Diplomas 

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

Declaring the minor

To drop the minor, log in to myucsc, choose My Academics, Academic Plans and Petitions, choose drop and submit the form. 

 Department Advisor: Amy Raedeke -