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 advisor. Students pursuing a minor in education should meet with the Education Department’s undergraduate advisor as early as possible.

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

  • Attended an Education Minor Workshop or met with the Education undergraduate advisor

  • 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 advisor by sending an email to

Course Requirements

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

Lower-Division Courses

EDUC 60Schooling, Democracy, and Justice


Upper-Division Courses

EDUC 180Introduction to Teaching


EDUC 180 includes a 30-hour classroom observation practicum, plus additional travel time to school sites.

For EDUC 180, background checks (Live Scan Fingerprinting), evidence of a negative TB test or Risk Assessment Form, and Online 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.

Four upper-division elective courses

Education courses other than EDUC 180 numbered EDUC 102-EDUC 187.

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