Education Minor Program

Graduate College of Education

Dean: Dr. Cynthia Grutzik

Program Office: Burk Hall, Room 311
Phone: (415) 338-1497

Minor in Education

The Minor in Education is offered through the Graduate College of Education (GCOE) for undergraduate students to explore and to prepare for careers as professional educators at the post-baccalaureate level.  Courses are designed to include the foundations of public education and roles of educators to advance social justice and equity in a variety of settings that include working with young children; students in elementary school and high school; and adults. To declare the Minor in Education, students are required to meet with an advisor in GCOE TEACH (The Educator Advising Community Hub) in Burk Hall 311. Students in the Minor in Education have the following opportunities: 

  • Receive ongoing advising to develop and update individualized roadmaps that meet each student’s goals and Minor in Education requirements.
  • Complete 45 hours of Early Fieldwork Experience in schools in Community Service Learning (CSL) courses. See TEACH advisor for information on specific CSL courses.
  • Satisfy both a minor and complementary studies requirements through the 12-credit Minor in Education.
  • Participate in a growing learning community of future teachers through GCOE TEACH with regular social and educational events. 
  • Access assistance and advising to prepare and to complete requirements for application and admission to credential programs in the GCOE.  
  • Enroll in up to 6 units in selected credential courses in Elementary Education as a senior, upon advising.

Program Learning Outcomes:

  1. Develop a social justice educational philosophy that articulates the role of educators as agents of change and inclusive education practices to adapt to the learning needs of all students.
  2. Demonstrate foundation knowledge of culturally responsive pedagogy with culturally and/or linguistically diverse students in educational settings.
  3. Demonstrate understanding of professional educator dispositions and apply foundational skills to interact professionally in educational environments.
  4. Describe and apply research-based practice for integrated curriculum content to include multiple literacies in language arts, history, science, technology, arts, math or other content areas in educational settings.

Minor in Education - 12 Units

All coursework used to satisfy the requirements of the minor must be completed with a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

Education in American Society (3 Units)

Select one upon advisement:
E ED 250Teaching and Learning Beyond the Classroom3
E ED 306Understanding and Supporting Families in ECE3
E ED 333Dynamic Educators for the 21st Century3
ISED 204Critical Thinking and the Cultural and Social Factors in Education3
S ED 200Introduction to Teaching and Education3
S ED 300Education and Society3
SPED 630Inclusive Education: Empowerment and Equity in Diverse Schools3
SPED 675Working with Families of Young Children with Disabilities3
Alternative courses may be approved upon advisement.

Equity and Social Justice in Education (3 Units)

Select one upon advisement:
AA S 211Contemporary Asian Americans3
AA S 320Chinese in the United States3
AA S 595Asian American Communities and Public Policy3
AFRS 215Introduction to Black Family Studies3
AFRS 260Power, Racism, and Africana Liberation3
AFRS 375Law and the Black Community3
AFRS 376Government, the Constitution, and Black Citizens3
AIS 400American Indian Education3
AIS 470American Indian Ethnicity: Problems in Identity3
AMST 300GWJunior Seminar in American Studies - GWAR3
E ED 639Bilingual Education in the U.S.: A History of Struggle, Resistance, and Achievement3
E ED 668Multicultural Education and Social Justice for Young Children3
ISED 585Cultural Diversity and Social Justice Education3
ISED 747Culture, Language, and Society in Education3
LTNS 211Latina/o Families Narrative3
LTNS 265Topics in Latina/o History3
LTNS 278History of Latinos in the U.S.3
LTNS 460Central Americans of the U.S.: History and Heritage3
LTNS 465Mexican-Americans: History and Heritage3
LTNS 467Caribbeans in the U.S.: History and Heritage3
LTNS 580Educational Equity3
LTNS 660Latina/o Politics3
SLHS 300Introduction to Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences3
SOC 467Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Cultures and Society4
SOC 469Gender and Society4
SPED 330Introduction to Disability3
SPED 662Education of Deaf/Hard of Hearing Children3
SXS 400Variations in Human Sexuality3
Alternative courses may be approved upon advisement.

Teaching in Action (3 Units)

Select one upon advisement:
AA S 512Asian American Children's/Adolescent Literature3
AFRS 515Black Family Studies3
AFRS 525Black Child Development3
E ED 450Art and Learning3
E ED 613Integrated Arts Curricula in Early Childhood Education3
E ED 615Environmental Education in Early Childhood Education3
E ED 616Language and Literacy in Multilingual Early Childhood Education Settings3
E ED 645Directed Experiences with Children3
E ED 655Hands-on Undergraduate Science Education Experience3
ITEC 299How to Learn with Your Mobile Device3
ITEC 315Learning 21st Century Skills with Emerging Instructional Technologies3
KIN 240Introduction to Teaching Physical Education3
LTNS 222Latina/o Art History3
PH 290Promoting Positive Health3
SPED 370Young Children Disabled or At Risk and Their Families3
SPED 671Positive Behavior Support for Young Children3
SPED 672Inclusive Learning Environments for Young Children3
SPED 691Autism in the Contemporary World3
Alternative courses may be approved upon advisement.

Professional Educators and Communities (3 Units)

Select one upon advisement:
E ED 614Science, Math, and Technology Curricular in ECE3
E ED 681Teaching Language and Literature with Elementary and Middle School Students3
E ED 701Social, Cultural, and Historical Foundations of Education3
E ED 713Spanish Heritage Language for the Bilingual Teacher: I3
HIST 304Teaching History with Comics3
ISED 745Practicum in a Multicultural Educational Setting3
ITEC 333Digital Pioneers: Creating Innovative Digital Entrepreneurs3
KIN 401Elementary School Physical Education: K-53
LTNS 690Community Fieldwork in Latina/o Studies3
MATH 565Concepts of Geometry, Measurement, and Probability3
SLHS 655Language Development3
SPED 310Exploring Visual Impairments3
SPED 620The Science of Early Intervention3
SPED 655Basic Orientation and Mobility for Learners with Visual Impairments3
SPED 688American Sign Language I3
SPED 689American Sign Language II3
Alternative courses may be approved upon advisement.