Educational Studies Minor

If you are planning on beginning Educational Studies coursework, you are required to petition to declare the minor before you can enroll in any of our required core courses.

Welcome to the Educational Studies Minor. In this minor, we view education as a process that deals with the development of the whole child in school and community contexts. We consider the cognitive, emotional, and social well being of the learner in terms of their individual agency and interests, societal goals and pressures, and issues of equity and diversity.

This minor allows you to take a wide variety of courses that consider the needs of the learner from multiple perspectives. Core and elective courses will explore topics related to psychology, child development, teachers and teaching, schools, STEM education, special education, afterschool programs, health education, and educational leadership. Practicum courses will give you valuable hands-on experience in classrooms, afterschool programs, and research projects.

Through courses and fieldwork experiences, you can start to consider a variety of careers in teaching, psychology, community outreach, and educational research. This minor is also well suited to students who have other career objectives but want to understand the institution of education and its role in society.

Requirements

Educational Studies Minor 

(23 Units Required)

Core and practicum courses taken beyond the number required will count as electives.

Core Courses (three courses required; seniors who have declared the minor can enroll in these courses during Pass 1 and juniors who have declared the minor can enroll in them during Pass 2):

  • ED 111 Intro to Child and Adolescent Develop (4 units)
  • ED 123 Culture, Development and Education (4 units)
  • ED 125 Schooling in the U.S. (4 units)
  • ED 126 Social Connectedness, Motivation, and Self-Regulation in Education (4 units)
  • ED 145 Introduction to Research Methods (4 units)
  • ED 150 Teaching and Teachers (4 units)

Practicum Courses (two course required):

  • ED 121 Introduction to K-12 Teaching (3 units)
  • ED 122 Pre-professional Work in the K-12 Classroom (2 units, P/NP)
  • ED 124 Research on Teaching and Learning (4 units)
  • ED 128 CalTeach Elementary Mathematics Education (3 units)
  • ED 129 CalTeach Elementary Science Education (3 units)
  • ED 130 CalTeach Secondary Mathematics Education (3 units)
  • ED 131 CalTeach Secondary Science Education (3 units)
  • ED 146 Community-Based Research and Outreach (4 units)
  • ED 176B Practicum in Individual Differences (4 units)

Elective Courses (fill remaining units with elective courses):

  • Math 100A Math for Elementary Teaching, I (3 units)
  • CNCSP 110 Intro. Educational and Vocational Counseling (4 units)
  • CNCSP 114 Psychology of Gender (4 units)
  • ED 109S or SS or M Health Education (4 units)
  • ED 132 Innovative Practices for English Language Learners in K-12 Math & Science Classrooms (4 units)
  • ED 133 Physics and Everyday Thinking (4 units)
  • ED 134: Advanced Problem Solving in Mathematical, Historical & Pedagogical Contexts (4 units)
  • ED 135: Advanced Problem Solving in Mathematical, Historical & Pedagogical Contexts (4 units)
  • ED 137 Equity in STEM Education (4 units)
  • ED 142 Development of Play, Language and Literacy in Early Childhood & Care Settings (4 units)
  • ED 173 Intro to Leadership Development (4 Units)
  • ED 190 Intro to Autism (Pre-reqs: Psychology 1, min. 3.0 GPA, 4 units)
  • ED 191W Health and Well-Being (4 units)
  • ED 199 Independent Studies (1-5 units)
  • ED 199RA Independent Research Assistance (1-5 units)
  • ED 197 may be used for the minor with advisor approval. Not all sections of ED 197 will be approved.

If you are interested in teaching at the elementary school level or science and mathematics at the secondary level, please consider our Science and Mathematics Education Minor.

Students are encouraged to enroll in classes early as space is limited. There is a possibility that you will not be able to complete the courses due to popularity and space availability. If you are having difficulty in completing your elective units, please contact the Student Affairs Office for advice on how to proceed as well as for a list of interdepartmental pre-approved elective course substitutions. 

Contact: 

Student Affairs Office
Education 4100 (4th Floor lobby)
805-893-2137
education-sao@ucsb.edu
Hours M-F 9am-noon and 1-4 pm
Hours subject to change, please call to confirm

Tine Sloan, Faculty Advisor 
Education 3236
tine@education.ucsb.edu
805-893-5111