The Gevirtz Graduate School of Education offers three undergraduate minors: The Educational Studies Minor, The Applied Psychology Minor and The Science and Mathematics Education Minor. In order to begin taking courses within the Educational Studies and Applied Psychology minors, you will need to complete and submit an application and be admitted to the minor. Completion and submission of a petition to declare the minor is required for the Science and Mathematics Education minor.

The Educational Studies Minor

This minor allows you to take the widest variety of courses that consider the needs of the learner from multiple perspectives. You can explore topics related to applied psychology, special education, afterschool programs, child development, teacher education, health education, and educational leadership. The practicum courses will give you hands-on experience in classrooms, after-school programs, and research projects. Through classroom and fieldwork experiences, you can start to consider a variety of careers in teaching, psychology, and educational research. This minor is also well suited to students who have other career objectives, but who want to understand the institution of education and its role in society.

The Applied Psychology Minor

Our mission is to provide UCSB undergraduates with high-quality courses that provide an overview of health service psychology (e.g., counseling, clinical, & school psychology), and applied behavioral health and wellness research across community and school settings.  Students have opportunities to be involved in the areas of excellence for which our CCSP department is known. This includes autism; school violence, school safety, and bullying; disaster mental health; helping skills; positive psychology; multicultural counseling; gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues; and evaluation and improvement of community-based mental/behavioral health programs.

The Science and Mathematics Education Minor

This minor is for undergraduates who are considering mathematics or science teaching as a career. It includes two tracks. Students will only be granted the minor in one track. Each track has a slightly different set of required courses listed on the tracks' webpages.

  1. Elementary (Grades K-8) Track: Ths track is for undergraduates who are considering pursuing elementary teaching as a career.  It is for those prospective teachers who are interested in strengthening their understanding of mathematics and science education.
  2. Secondary (Grades 7-12) Track: This track is for STEM undergraduates who are considering pursuing secondary mathematics or science teaching as a career.