Education and Teaching*
*UCSC offers two minors in Education for undergraduates, a major in Education, Democracy and Justice, a Master's/Credential Program, and a Ph.D. program.
We develop leaders and pursue research that will affect the future of teaching and learning both inside and outside the classroom. We work with undergraduate and graduate students to re-imagine and transform education with a focus on social and linguistic justice. We seek to cultivateawareness and critical analysisthat providea foundationfor students to effectively engage in amultilingual, and multicultural society.
Our commitment lies in four essential and interrelated domains:
- School, Families, and Communities,
- Teacher Education and Development,
- Mathematics and Science Education,
- Language and Literacy Education.
These areas are supported through emphasis on the socio-cultural context where learning and teaching take place, as well as an understanding of the intersection of culture and power in both formal and informal educational settings.
Study and Research Opportunities
- Undergraduate Minors. Provides opportunities to examine basic questions, theories, practices, and research in education.
- Undergraduate Major (Education, Democracy, and Justice).Provides opportunities to examine critical questions, theories, practices, and research in the field of education considered broadly and not only in relation to formal schooling.
- Master of Arts in Education Plus TeachingCredential Program.Graduates are prepared to be informed, articulate, analytical leaders of educational reform within schools and communities.
- Ph.D. in Education.Supports graduate students in becoming creative scholars who engage in research focused on the educational needs of students from linguistic and cultural groups that have historically not fared well in our nation’s public schools.
Information for First-Year Students (Freshmen)
High school students who plan to pursue a career in education should take the courses required for UC admission and complete any courses recommended as background for their intended major.
For General Education minors and EDJ majors, Education 60 will be the first Education course to take in the subject area.EDJ majors will also need to take Education 10.
Those with a STEM majorshould meet with Cal Teach staff as early as possible. Cal Teach program internships are required for the STEM Education minor.
Information for Transfers
Students who plan to transfer to UC Santa Cruz as juniors should fulfill campus general education requirements before coming to Santa Cruz. They should also complete any prerequisites for their major. Transfer students should contact the Education Department soon after arrival at UC Santa Cruz in order to plan for subject matter coursework and testing requirements.
Students from California community colleges may complete the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) in preparation for transfer to UC Santa Cruz.
Transfer course agreements and articulation between the University of California and California community colleges can be accessed on the ASSIST.ORG website.
- Bilingual-multicultural education
- Business education
- Curriculum development
- Education administration
- Educational consulting
- Educational research
- Industrial training
- Professional education associations
- Public relations
- School counseling
- School psychology
- Social work
- Special education
- Teaching: elementary, secondary
These are only samples of the field’s many possibilities.
The UC Education Abroad Program (EAP) offers undergraduate students the opportunity to study at more than 100 host universities and colleges worldwide as part of their regular UC academic program. Interested students should meet with an EAP adviser early in their academic career. It is important for education students to plan ahead so as to fulfill the necessary major or minor requirements before going abroad.
Awards, Honors, and Recognitions
A student with a major GPA of 3.75 or better qualifies for honors in the Education, Democracy, and Justice (EDJ) major. A student with a major GPA of 3.90 or better qualifies for highest honors in the major. Per UCSC policy , no more than approximately 15 percent of the graduating class can be considered for honors or highest honors in the major.
General Catalog Information
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