The Education minor will increase your awareness of career opportunities in educational settings and your understanding of the role and responsibilities of classroom teachers by completing this minor.
- Develop broad perspectives on educational issues in today's world
- Work closely with professors, teachers and others interested in education and schooling
- Get hands-on experience in a public classroom setting
- Prepare for graduate and or teacher certification programs in education
Information for students who declared an Education minor as of Autumn 2013
All minors must be completed with a 2.7 minor GPA. Please see an advisor to discuss details.
The Education minor consists of 30 credits.
Education minor core courses (15 Credits)
All three courses below are required:
- TEDUC 471 Diversity and Equity in Schools and Curriculum (5 cr) *
- TEDUC 482 Foundations of Education: Policy, Ethics and Philosophy (5 cr) *
- TEDUC 490 Service Learning Practicum in Education (5 cr) **^
Two (2) writing-intensive courses (10 credits)
e.g. English Composition and Literature (or other writing-intensive course) ***
One developmental psychology course (5 credits)
Select one of the following courses (or equivalent):
- TPSYCH 220 Lifespan Development (or equivalent transfer course) ***
- TPSYCH 230 Educational Psychology ***
- TPSYCH 320 Race, Class, and Gender Contexts of Child Development (or equivalent) ***
- TPSYCH 321 Adolescent Psychology ***
* TEDUC 471 and TEDUC 482 (2.7 grade or higher and must have been taken in academic year 2012-2013, or later, to qualify) will count as equivalent courses for two of the courses within our Teacher Certification Program, TEDUC 520 and TEDUC 501, respectively. NOTE: If not taken as part of the Education minor, TEDUC 471 and TEDUC 482 (same restrictions as above) will still count as equivalent courses for TEDUC 520 and TEDUC 501.
** TEDUC 490 will fulfill 40 hours of documented experience in a public school classroom, which is an admission requirement for our Teacher Certification Program.
*** These courses will fulfill K-8 Teacher Certification Program prerequisite coursework (see program website for Secondary prerequisite coursework.) Must be 2.7 grade or higher.
^ For the Autumn 2013 quarter, this class is only offered for three (3) credits. For this quarter only, the 3-credit class will be considered as the 5-credit class for minor requirement purposes.
Information for students who declared an Education minor PRIOR to Autumn 2013
All minors must be completed with a 2.0 minor GPA. Please see an advisor to discuss details.
The Education minor consists of 29 credits.
* Indicates courses that fulfill Teacher Certification Program prerequisites.
Education minor core courses (14 Credits)
All three courses below are required:
- TEDUC 471 Diversity and Equity in Schools and Curriculum (3)
- TEDUC 482 Schools in American Society (3)
- TEDUC 490 Service Learning Practicum in Education (3) *
Select one of the following courses:
- TPSYCH 220 Lifespan Development (or equivalent transfer course) *
- TPSYCH 320 Theories of Child Development (or equivalent) *
Electives (15 credits)
Select one course each from groups A, B and C:
Group A: Children and Youth (5 credits)
- TCOM 258 Children and Television
- TPSYCH 212 Child and Adolescent Abnormal Psychology
- TPSYCH 230 Educational Psychology
- TPSYCH 321 Adolescent Psychology
- TPSYCH 401 Family Violence
Group B: U.S. History and Diversity (5 credits)
- TANTH 464 Native American Cultural Areas
- TECON 420 Economics of Education
- TEGL 419 African-American Culture and Consciousness (formerly THIST 419)
- THIST 200 American History I, 1607-1877 *
- THIST 201 American History II, 1877-present *
- THIST 220 African American History 1619-1865
- THIST 221 African-American History 1865-1945 (formerly African American History: Jim Crow to MLK, Jr.)
- THIST 222 African-American History 1945-present
- THIST 349 Minorities and Higher Education in American History
- THIST 410 Early American Politics and Law: The American Revolution
- THIST 416 Life and Thought: Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and Angela Davis
- THIST 441 Black Freedom Movement in Perspective
- THIST 479 Modern European Culture
- THISP 238 Hispanics in the United States
- TIAS 443 Ethnicity and the Urban Landscape
- TPOLS 201 Introduction to Political Values and Ideas
- TPOLS 251 Cultural Studies
- TSMUS 300 The Making of America *
- TSOC 265 Race and Ethnicity in the United States
- TURB 360 The African American Urban Experience
Group C: Supporting Courses (5 credits) Art, Science and Writing that support K-8 teaching
Select one course from any of the following areas:
Art History and Studio practice
- TARTS 240 Landscape in Contemporary Art
- TARTS 280 3-Dimensional Art and Contemporary Approaches to Sculpture
- TARTS 281 Art and Culture in India
- TARTS 282 Art and Culture in China
- TARTS 283 Art and Culture in Japan
- TARTS 284 Art and Culture in the Pacific
- TARTS 311 History of Rock & Roll
- TARTS 383 South Sound Contemporary Art: Creativity and the Art of Seeing
- TARTS 386 Contemporary Art and Studio Drawing
- TARTS 441 History of Jazz
- TARTS 471 Culture and the Meaning of Visual Arts *
- THIST 333 Early American Music, Art, Literature, Education, and Theater *
- THIST 377 Art of the Americas *
- THIST 470 The Material World: Art and Artifacts
- THIST 477 Patronage, Religion, and Propaganda in European Art (1590-1750)
- THIST 478 Revolution, Industrialization, and Modernity in European Art (1780-1900)
- TLIT 242 Studies in English Literature
- TEDUC 495 Environmental Education
- TESC 100 Introduction to Environmental Science *
- TESC 107 Geohazards and Natural Disasters
- TESC 215 Meteorology
- TESC 232 Issues in Biological Conservation
- TESC 236 Plants and People: the Science of Agriculture
- TESC 241 Oceanography *
- TESC 243 Geography of the Physical Environment *
- TESC 247 Maritime History and Science in the Pacific Northwest
- TESC 422 Evolution
Work toward becoming a teacher at UW Tacoma
Students completing this minor are encouraged to apply to one of UW Tacoma's Teacher Certification/Master of Education programs. Although completion of the minor does not guarantee admission, it enables you to improve your chances of admission through coursework and experience.
Contact an Education Program advisor to learn more.
Check out the benefits of the Education minor.
How to declare
You can declare a minor by completing the Request to Declare/Change a Major or Minor form and submitting it to the Office of the Registrar. You must have earned a minimum of 45 credits and declared a major before declaring a minor. If you have any questions about this process, please see your advisor.