Education

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

Minor

The School of Education offers a minor in education for undergraduates currently enrolled at Berkeley. The minor in education provides an opportunity to examine systematically an institution that occupies a unique position in society and profoundly influences virtually everyone. This program is designed to enable students to develop a critical understanding of the relationship of education to the development of societies and individuals. Its focus is on the potential as well as the reality of diverse forms of education. The minor offers an opportunity for intellectual inquiry to broaden and complement students' work in their major fields of study. In the process, students will encounter the wide array of professional possibilities in the field of education, enabling those considering a career in the field to make an informed choice.

There is no undergraduate major in Education.

Applying to the Minor

In order to apply to the Education minor, students must:

  1. Attend one of the Education Minor Information Sessions. These sessions, conducted by the Education Minor adviser, give background information about the minor, review requirements and guidelines, and answer questions. Information sessions are held several times during the fall and spring semesters and last from half an hour to an hour. If students are unable to attend the information sessions, they are welcome to meet with the minor adviser during office hours.
  2. Submit an online application form, available on the School of Education website. Apply only after attending an information session or meeting with the Education Minor adviser. When completing the online application form, students will be asked to provide a list of courses and fieldwork they have already taken and/or plan to take to complete the requirements of the minor. This is only a plan. Students will not be required to take or use those courses for the minor.

After submitting the online application, the minor adviser will automatically be notified and will review your application for completeness. Unless there are questions, the student will then be considered an Education Minor candidate. The student's email address will be added to the education minor email list so the student can be notified of opportunities in the field of education, as well as Education Minor program and course updates.

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Minor Requirements

Students who have a strong interest in an area of study outside their major often decide to complete a minor program. These programs have set requirements and are noted officially on the transcript, but they are not noted on diplomas.

General Guidelines

  1. All minor requirements must be completed before your degree date.
  2. All course work to satisfy the minor requirements must be taken at UC Berkeley.
  3. Three of the five required courses for the minor must be upper division. 
  4. All courses used to fulfill the minor requirements must be taken for a letter grade, with the exception of the field work course(s).
  5. A minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required for courses used to fulfill the minor requirements.
  6. One Education Minor course may overlap with a student's major or other minor.

Requirements

Core Course
Choose one of the three versions of the core course
EDUC 190ACCritical Studies in Education4
EDUC W190Critical Studies in Education3
EDUC N190Critical Studies in Education3
Fieldwork
3 units of minor-approved fieldwork (see below for further details)
EDUC 197Field Studies1-4
EDUC W144Practicum in Education1-3
Electives
Select three from the following (see below for further details):
Experiencing Education: Political Economy, White Supremacy, and Educational Desire
Understanding Language in Society
American Sports, Culture, and Education
Reforms in Elementary Education: Psychological and Sociocultural Foundations
Early Development and Education
Knowing and Learning in Mathematics and Science
Classroom Interactions in Science and Mathematics: A Focus on Equity and Urban Schools
The Art of Making Meaning: Educational Perspectives on Literacy and Learning in a Global World
The Art of Making Meaning: Educational Perspectives on Literacy and Learning in a Global World
Exploring Digital Pedagogy
Education in a Global World
Education in a Global World
Introduction to the Teaching of English
Literacy through Literature
Education and Migration: Indigeneity in Yucatan and Its Diaspora
Education and International Development
Advanced Studies in Education
Research in Education: Studying Educational Inequality and Possiblity
Digital Learning Environments
Digital Learning Environments
Teachers' Work
Contemporary Issues in U.S. Education
Race, Identity, and Culture in Urban Schools
The Politics of Educational Inequality
High School, The Movie
Philosophical Foundations of Education
Gender and Education: International Perspectives
The Southern Border
Latinas/os and Education: Critical Issues and Perspectives
Native American Education: Critical Issues and Possibilities
Language, Race, and Power in Education
Special Topics in the Foundations of Teaching
Selected Topics of African American Social Organization and Institutions (Education and Civil Rights)
Introduction to American Studies
Bridging the Arts Seminar
Asian Americans and Education
Chicanos and the Educational System
Topics in Chicano Studies (Latinos & the Community College)
Introduction to Cognitive Science
Reading in and about U.S. Education Institutions
Advanced Topics in Urban Studies
Education and International Development
Communicating Ocean Science
Developmental Psychology
Sociology of Education
Sociology of Education
Comparative Perspectives on U.S. and European Societies: Education
Pedagogy for Movement Based Classes - Undergraduate Level
Introduction to Applied Language Studies

Fieldwork

There are 2 main options for completing fieldwork:

(1) EDUC 197, Field Studies, includes a number of programs from which to choose. As there are some programs that are not approved for the minor, make sure to enroll in one of the minor-approved field sections; please consult the list available on the School of Education website. All of the sections of EDUC 197 are described in the Quicklist and Descriptions PDF available on the School of Education website.  To obtain the class number for the program/section in which you are interested, contact the site coordinator for that program.  45 hours of fieldwork per semester is equivalent to 1 academic unit.

(2) EDUC W144, Practicum in Education, our web-based field course, serves the Ed Minor mission of developing students’ critical habits of mind and reflection in educational research and practice.

Students may enroll in 1, 2 or 3 units of fieldwork within one semester and may take units over multiple semesters.  Students may take all 3 units in the same field studies program or may enroll in two or three separate programs.

Electives

Elective courses must be taken for at least 3 units.

A maximum of two graduate-level courses in education may be used to meet the elective requirement.

Students who have completed or plan to complete an education course as part of a UCB Education Abroad program may be able to have it count toward the education minor elective requirement. The course must be in the Department of Education at the University and equivalent to 3 semester credits. Notify the minor adviser if you would like to take advantage of this option.

From time to time, a course may be offered on campus that has significant educational content but is not on the minor approved course list. If you have found such a course and would like to have it considered for one of your electives for the minor, please contact the minor adviser about petitioning the course. A syllabus will be required.

Summer Minor Requirements

Declaring an Online Education Minor

To apply:

• UC Berkeley students apply through the applying page of the main Ed Minor website.

• All others, including students at other UCs, apply here.

Educating for the 21st Century

Students intending to pursue the online Education minor, “Education for the 21st Century”, should contact the Education Minor advisor: edminor@berkeley.edu or 510-643-9303 to answer any questions.  

Requirements

To receive the online Minor in Education, “Educating for the 21st Century”, students must complete the required core course (EDUC W190), three electives, and three practicum units through EDUC W144 . There is no sequence, so students may complete these courses in any order.

  • The core course and all electives must be taken for a letter grade.  EDUC W144 may be taken P/NP.
  • EDUC W144 may be taken for 1, 2 or 3 units per semester, depending on if you intend to spread out your field requirement over multiple semesters.  The course is repeatable in order to complete the required 3 units.
  • A practicum experience is included as a part of EDUC W140A, so students who choose this elective will only need to complete two additional practicum units through EDUC W144.
  • A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required for courses used to fulfill the minor requirements.
  • For UC Berkeley students only:
    1. Minor requirements must be completed prior to the last day of the semester in which you plan to graduate.
    2. No more than one course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student's major and minor programs

Courses 

Required Courses
EDUC W190Critical Studies in Education3
EDUC W144Practicum in Education1-3
Electives (choose three):
EDUC W140AThe Art of Making Meaning: Educational Perspectives on Literacy and Learning in a Global World4
EDUC W141Exploring Digital Pedagogy3
EDUC W142Education in a Global World3
EDUC W153Research in Education: Studying Educational Inequality and Possiblity4
EDUC W161Digital Learning Environments3

Educating for the 21st Century: Teaching English to Multilingual Students

Students should contact College Writing Programs at collegewriting@berkeley.edu or call 510-642-9491 for more information.

Requirements

The online Minor, “Educating for the 21st Century: Teaching English to Multilingual Students,” consists of a series of five courses which can be taken in one summer term or spread out over two or more summers. 

To apply:

• UC Berkeley students apply through the applying page of the main Ed Minor website.

• All others, including students at other UCs, apply here.

Visiting students will be offered a certificate upon successful completion of all five courses. You can register through Summer Sessions.

Education
EDUC W140AThe Art of Making Meaning: Educational Perspectives on Literacy and Learning in a Global World4
EDUC W142Education in a Global World3
EDUC W144Practicum in Education1-3
College Writing Programs
COLWRIT W143Foundations of English Language Education3
COLWRIT 145English Language Materials and Assessment3
 

Faculty and Instructors

Faculty

Dor Abrahamson, Associate Professor. Mathematical cognition, design-based research, mixed-media design for mathematics learning environments, embodied interaction.
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Patricia Baquedano-Lopez, Associate Professor. Immigration and diaspora from Latin America to the U.S., Latinos and education, race and language, language socialization processes.
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Michael Dumas, Assistant Professor. Urban education, urban political economy, cultural politics of education, Black cultural politics, critical social and cultural theory, Black education, critical childhood studies, photoethnographic methodology and practice.
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Lisa Garcia Bedolla, Professor. Politics, immigration, race, gender, inequality.
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Susan Holloway, Professor. Japan, development, education, cognition, child development, early childhood education, families, young children in diverse societies, thoughts, values and expectations of parents, socialization and education of young children.
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+ Glynda Hull, Professor. Language, culture, society, education, literacy, writing in and out of schools, multi-media technology, new literacies, adult learning, work, and community, school, university collaborations.
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Erin Murphy-Graham, Associate Adjunct Professor. Educational equity, cultural studies, gender equity, diversity, international education, alternative schooling, democratic education, ethnic issues.
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Na'ilah Nasir, Professor. Race, culture and schooling, African American achievement.

Zach Pardos, Assistant Professor. Education Data Science, Learning Analytics, Big Data in Education, data mining, Data Privacy and Ethics, Computational Psychometrics, Digital Learning Environments, Cognitive Modeling, Bayesian Knowledge Tracing, Formative Assessment, Learning Maps, machine learning.
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Daniel Perlstein, Associate Professor. Schooling, diversity, democracy, urban education, teachers unions, inequality education.
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Janelle Scott, Associate Professor. Educational policy, charter schools, politics of education, race and education, school choice, desegregation, philanthropy and education, advocacy.
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Harley Shaiken, Professor. Mexico, labor, globalization, education, United States, geography, work organization, issues of economic and political integration in the Americas, information technology, skill.
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Laura Sterponi, Associate Professor. Language and literacy socialization, moral development, communication of and with children with autism.
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Tina Trujillo, Associate Professor. Educational equity, urban schooling, educational leadership, high stakes accountability, school improvement, educational policy, educational management and administration.
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Derek Van Rheenen, Associate Adjunct Professor.

Lecturers

Anthony A. Mirabelli, Lecturer.

Contact Information

Graduate School of Education

Student Services, Room 2210

2121 Berkeley Way

Phone: 510-643-9303

Edminor@berkeley.edu

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Minor Adviser

Aileen Rothenberg

1609 Tolman Hall

Phone: 510-643-9303

aileenr@berkeley.edu

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