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Minors In Education Studies

PAL Program

EDS has five minor options that will help to prepare you for a rewarding career:

**Please note that our Department policy states that students cannot major and minor in Education Studies. **

1. General Minor, "Option 1"

Recommended for students interested in Education careers outside of PK-12 teaching. Designed for students who want to gain experience in schools and study issues and trends in education. 

*2. Multiple Subject Foundations Minor, "Option 2" (see page 3)

Recommended for students who wish to teach elementary school students. Designed for students who plan to apply to the Master of Education/Multiple Subject Teaching Credential Program.

*3. Single Subject Foundations Minor, "Option 3" (see page 3)

Recommended for students who wish to teach middle or high school students. Designed for students who plan to apply to the Master of Education/Single Subject Teaching Credential Program. Note: Your major must match the content area you plan to teach (see approved majors below).

CalTeach Program

The Cal Teach Program is specifically designed for Math, Science, or Engineering Majors who are interested in becoming teachers. CalTeach provides stipends for completing fieldwork requirements within these minors

*4. Mathematics Education Minor, "Option 4"

Note: Your major must match the content area you plan to teach (see approved majors below).

*5. Science Education Minor, "Option 5"

Note: Your major must match the content area you plan to teach (see approved majors below).

*Completion of EDS minor options 2, 3, 4, and 5, fulfills the foundations requirements for the Master of Education (M.Ed.) & Teaching Credential Programs allowing students to complete both their M.Ed. and teaching credentials within one year after graduating with their Bachelor's degree.

UC San Diego Education Studies Course Catalog

Minors in the Department of Education Studies Minor Code
General Minor, “Option 1” M065
Multiple Subject Foundations Minor, “Option 2” M065
Single Subject Foundations Minor, “Option 3” M065
Mathematics Education Minor, “Option 4” M066
Science Education Minor, “Option 5” M067


Approved Majors:

  • English: Any UC San Diego literature or linguistics major.
  • Mathematics: Any UC San Diego mathematics, engineering, computer science, economics or mangagement science major.
  • Science: Any UC San Diego biology, chemistry, geosciences or physics major.
  • World Language: Any UC San Diego language, literature, or language studies (linguistics) major. Note: The major must be in the language the candidate wishes to teach

If your major does not match:

If your major does not match you may petition to see if EDS will make an exception to allow you to continue in the course sequence without the appropriate major. Please be aware there is no guarantee of approval. It is highly recommended that you meet the Subject Matter Competency requirement before petitioning, as it will increase your chances of approval.

Non-major Petition Process:

  1. Submit your completed undergraduate student petition form, and any accompanying documentation (i.e. - CSET score reports) to Danielle del Rosario at, no later than the Thanksgiving Holiday break.
  2. Danielle will forward your petition and documents (if any) to the appropriate EDS faculty for review (the faculty member may contact you to discuss your request).
  3. We will contact you via the VAC once a decision has been made.  If approved, we will authorize you to enroll in EDS 129B and EDS 139 for Winter quarter.  Please be aware this process could take up to a few weeks.


Departmental Policy on Petitions

  • Requirements for EDS minors that satisfy foundations for the MEd/Credential program are firm and must be followed closely.
  • Petition requests to substitute courses will only be considered for the General Education Studies Minor.
  • No special studies course (EDS 197/198/199) may be petitioned to substitute for a course.

Departmental Policy on Grading Options

How to Declare the Minor

Education Studies Department: Minor Declaration Instructions

1. Go to TritonLink
2. Find the"Major and Minor Tool" under "Advising Tools"
3. Click "Add Minor"
4. Enter the Minor Code:

  • M065 - General EDS Minor, Multiple Subject Foundations Minor, and Single Subject Foundations Minor
  • M066 - Math Education Minor
  • M067 - Science Education Minor

5. List courses: 

Subject Code:        Course No:     Title:           Institution:      Units:    Grade Opt:

EDS                        129A              Intro              UCSD           4.00      Letter
EDS                        129B              Intro              UCSD           4.00      Letter
EDS                        129C              Intro              UCSD           4.00      Letter
EDS                        139                Practicum      UCSD           6.00      Pass/Fail

6. Click "Submit" and "Add Minor."

7. The Undergraduate Coordinator/Advisor, will either approve or deny your minor. If there are any corrections needed, you will be notified through the VAC (Virtual Advising Center). If no corrections are needed, your minor will be approved.

Resources for Students

Subject Matter Preparation Program (SMPP) waivers for Math & Biology

Subject Matter Preparation Program (SMPP) for Math & Biology

EDS offers approved Subject Matter Preparation Program (SMPP) waivers in Mathematics and Biology.  If completed to 100%, the SMPP will exempt you from taking the CSET for the Subject Matter Competence requirement. 


  1. Review the appropriate SMPP worksheet.  This worksheet will help you plan out the required coursework and monitor your progress in completing the SMPP.
    1. Math SMPP Worksheet
    2. Biology SMPP Worksheet
  2. Download/print and complete the appropriate SMPP worksheet, including any in-progress courses and courses planned for future quarters *The Math SMPP requires 2 graduate level courses (EDS 203 & EDS 374).  These courses will be completed if/when you are admitted into our M.Ed./Credential program.
  3. Forward the completed worksheet to Danielle del Rosario at
    1. It is recommended that you do this sometime in your junior/third year, but no later than the start of your senior/last year.  (It is helpful to have the worksheet as complete as possible when Danielle reviews it, while still giving you enough notice to sign up for and take the CSET exams, if you will not be able to complete the SMPP).
  4. Request a waiver letter on UCSD letterhead from Danielle.  (If applying to our M.Ed./Credential program, your worksheet signed by Danielle is sufficient).


Please note that EDS will only process SMPP waivers for current UCSD students.  We unfortunately are not able to process waivers for UCSD alumni or non-UCSD students.

We hope that you find this information to be a useful tool during your undergraduate career as you envision the possibility of completing the SMPP to 100%, so that when you apply to our M.Ed./Credential program, your Subject Matter Competence requirement will be complete.

For questions please contact Danielle del Rosario at

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