Education Minor (General)

Declaring the Minor

To officially declare a general minor in education, students must bring a completed Petition for Major/Minor Declaration and UC Santa Cruz Academic Planning Form to the Education Department’s undergraduate adviser. Students pursuing a minor in education should meet with the Education Department’s undergraduate adviser as early as possible.

To be eligible to declare the general minor in education, students must have:

  • Attended an Education Minor Workshop
  • Completed or be enrolled in EDUC 60, Introduction to Education
  • Successfully declared a major.

For specific instructions about how to declare a minor in education and for the current Drop-in Advising Schedule, please refer to the Education Department’s website. For other inquiries, please contact the undergraduate adviser by sending an email to

Course Requirements

The general minor in education consists of six courses totaling 30 credits:

Lower-Division Courses

EDUC60Introduction to Education: Learning, Schooling, and Society


Upper-Division Courses

EDUC180Introduction to Teaching


EDUC 180 includes a 30-hour classroom observation practicum.

For EDUC 180, background checks (Live Scan Fingerprinting), evidence of a negative TB test, and Mandated Reporter training are required of all participants prior to the first day of instruction. The department will contact enrolled students with information about how to complete these items.

Plus, four upper-division elective education courses

Please refer to the Education Department's website for a list of approved upper-division courses (courses numbered EDUC 102-EDUC 187) being offered during the current academic year.

Declared minors have priority enrollment for upper-division education courses. Upper-division electives may be taken before EDUC 180.