UC Santa Barbara General CatalogUniversity of California, Santa Barbara


Department of Education
Gevirtz Graduate School of Education
Education Building 3102
Telephone: (805) 893-4515
Website: http://education.ucsb.edu/education
Chair: Julie Bianchini

Undergraduate Program

Minor—Educational Studies

Welcome to the Educational Studies Minor. In modern society education is often thought of as a process that deals with the development of the whole child. It must consider the cognitive, emotional, and social well being of the learner both in school and other social contexts.

This minor allows you to take the widest variety of courses that consider the needs of the learner from multiple perspectives. You can explore topics related to applied psychology, special education, afterschool programs, child development, teacher education, health education, and educational leadership. The practicum courses will give you hands-on experience in classrooms, after-school programs, and research projects. Through classroom and fieldwork experiences, you can start to consider a variety of careers in teaching, psychology, and educational research.

This minor is also well suited to students who have other career objectives but want to understand the institution of education and its role in society.

Minor—Science and Mathematics Education—Elementary Track

Minor—Science and Mathematics Education—Secondary Track

If you are interested in teaching science or mathematics, please consider the Science and Mathematics Education Minor. The Science and Mathematics Education Minor is for science, mathematics, and engineering undergraduates interested in teaching mathematics or science. Undergraduates who enroll in the Science and Mathematics Education Minor will gain a deeper understanding of science and mathematics content, students and student learning, instructional strategies effective in conveying content to students, and the structure and purposes of schools. They will observe, help design, and participate in the teaching of science or mathematics to elementary, middle, and high school students.

This minor is an integral part of UCSB’s CalTeach/Science and Mathematics Initiative. CalTeach/SMI is a UC-wide initiative intended to recruit more STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) undergraduates into secondary science and mathematics teaching, and to better prepare these beginning teachers to meet the needs of diverse learners in California’s public schools. Participating departments at UCSB include: Education (ED); Mathematics (MATH); Chemistry (CHEM); Ecology Evolution and Marine Biology (EEMB); Physics (PHYS); and Environmental Studies (ENV S).