Education minor

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)

Two (2) writing-intensive courses (10 credits)

e.g. English Composition and Literature (or other writing-intensive course) ***

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One developmental psychology course (5 credits)

Select one of the following courses (or equivalent):

* 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.

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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)

9 credits

All three courses below are required:

5 credits

Select one of the following courses:

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Electives (15 credits)

Select one course each from groups A, B and C:

Group A: Children and Youth (5 credits)

Group B: U.S. History and Diversity (5 credits)

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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

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Science

Writing

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.

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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.

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