Education and Teaching*


*UCSC offers a minor in Education for undergraduates, a Master's/Credential Program, and a Ph.D. program.

Degrees Offered

  • M.A.
  • Minor
  • Ph.D.

Study and Research Opportunities

  • Undergraduate Minor. Provides opportunities to examine basic questions, theories, practices, and research in education. We seek to cultivate awareness and critical analysis that provide a foundation for students to effectively engage in a multilingual, and multicultural society. 
  • Master of Arts in Education Plus Teaching Credential Program. Prepares future teachers for California's culturally and linguistically diverse youth. 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, Education 60 will be the first Education course to take in the subject area. Those with a STEM major should meet with Cal Teach staff as early as possible. Cal Teach program internships are required for the STEM Education minor.

Information for Transfers

Transfer Preparation

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.

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University of California, Santa Cruz
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064