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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 management 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.

Study Abroad Department Policies

  • Study abroad petitions are only allowed for the Education Studies General minor.
  • All courses taken abroad that you would like to request for use for the Education Studies General Minor MUST be pre-approved through the Department of Education Studies, even if you found the course through the UCEAP website or UCSD Study Abroad Office. Please submit the course list and syllabus for each course to EDS via the Virtual Advising Center or to
  • Approval of the UCSD Study Abroad Office APF form does not constitute petition approval for the Education Studies General Minor requirements. If approved, you will need to petition the courses once you return from study abroad and have a final grade. 
  • Courses taken abroad must be at least four units, UC transferable, upper-division (UD), and must be taken for a letter grade.
  • No more than two upper-division (UD) courses taken outside UC San Diego may be used toward the requirements of the Education Studies General Minor- additional units requirements.

Departmental Policy on Grading Options + Course Overlaps

Grading Policies:

Course Overlaps:

  • A student may apply the equivalent of two upper-division courses (a maximum of eight units) to fulfill the requirements for a minor that have also been used to satisfy the requirements of a major.

EDS Practicum Course Policies

Education Sciences Major and Minors Fieldwork (Practicum Course) Policies

Service-learning fieldwork is an integral component of our programs. Through this work, you will have the opportunity to mentor/tutor and learn with/and from the learning communities we serve in our region. Expectations and standards are high for your behavior and professionalism both in class, during tutoring/mentoring, and at your assigned school/field site. As such, it is really important that all students follow these policies:

  1. You are not allowed to enroll in any practicum course if you have previously failed an EDS practicum course. Our practicum courses are listed here:
    1. Introduction to Learning Contexts Domain
    2. Senior Educational Fieldwork Capstone Sequence
    3. Partners at Learning (PAL) Program
    4. Minors in Education Studies

  1. You are not allowed to enroll in any practicum course if have been convicted of a felony, or are required to register as a sex offender. 
  2. Students who have previously withdrawn from any EDS practicum course should consult with our advisors prior to attempting to enroll in an EDS practicum course. 
  3. Complete all fieldwork site-based health and clearance requirements. Please note that at a minimum, we require the following to be completed. But please note that each school/field site might have additional requirements for students completing their practicum work:
  4. A TB test is required. Bring a copy of the results with you to the first day of class. You may receive your TB test through the Student Health Center. Please plan ahead - it can sometimes take several weeks to get a test appointment at Student Health. A TB test is valid for 12 months, however, some schools/districts may require a more recent TB test and additional screening.  You will be advised accordingly once you receive your school placement during the first week of class.
  5. Be up to date with COVID 19 vaccines and boosters.
  6. Complete all volunteer forms listed on practicum course enrollment forms.
  7. We partner with schools/sites in lower income neighborhoods throughout San Diego County. Estimate a 25-35 minute commute from campus to your assigned school/field site.
  8. Practicum classes only meet once a week so attendance is mandatory in all lectures and discussions.
  9. Upper division practicum classes require a minimum of 40 practicum/field hours. These hours must be logged consistently throughout the quarter and completed by the end of week 10. To complete your 40 hours make sure to reserve at least 5 hours per week during school/field site hours: approximately 7:30am-3:00pm to work with your assigned school/field site.
  10. Practicum students are not authorized to share their email or any other personal internet information with P-12 students.
  11. We strongly recommend Practicum students remove or use privacy settings for any questionable social networking site information. Parents or school/field site personnel who find your information offensive or inappropriate may request your termination at your school/fieldsite placement. 

Code of Conduct 

Please note that you will be asked to agree in writing to a Code of Conduct for our practicum courses on the first day of your practicum class. 

  1. Set up and adhere to a regular weekly schedule for tutoring/mentoring.
  2. To successfully pass your practicum class, you must complete all field work hours. You must complete a minimum of 40 field work hours.  
  3. Maintain consistent professional contact and communication with your host teacher(s)/site supervisors. 
  4. Respond to emails from course personnel within 48 hours.  
  5. Check your UCSD email/Canvas messages daily. 
  6. Plan availability for tutoring/mentoring/service and stick to that schedule whenever possible.
  7. Positively represent UCSD EDS--be courteous and encouraging; use appropriate language. 
  8. Follow your host site’s health and safety guidelines.
  9. Communicate immediately with your practicum course professor if you have questions or concerns. 

If you have any questions about these policies, please contact one of our Co-Directors of our Undergraduate Program, Chris Halter or Luz Chung.

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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