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Minor in Education

The Stanford University School of Education awards an undergraduate minor in the field of Education. The minor is structured to provide a substantial introduction to education through a broad-based and focused study of educational research, theory and practice. The goals of the minor are to allow undergraduates to develop an understanding of the core issues facing educators and policymakers, to make connections to their major programs of study, and to provide rigorous preparation for graduate studies in education.

Students interested in pursuing an undergraduate minor in Education begin by contacting the minor director (Jennifer Lynn Wolf,, who is responsible for advising all candidates and approving each student's minor plan of study. Applications for the minor are due no later than the second quarter of the junior year.

The Education Minor requires three core courses to ensure coverage of the disciplines of the field, while allowing flexibility for students wanting to pursue specific interests within Education. In order to graduate with a minor in Education, students must complete the minor program of study as described here, for a total of not less than 20 units and not more than 30 units, with a minimum of six courses.

Course Requirements & Distribution

  1. All minor students are required to take the minor core course:

    EDUC 101, Undergraduate Teaching Practicum, which addresses foundational issues in Education and requires field observations in school sites.

    This course is research-writing intensive.

  2. All students are required to take two of the following foundational courses:

    EDUC 103B. Socio-cultural Theory and Practices: Race, Ethnicity, and Linguistic Diversity in Classrooms

    EDUC 110. Sociology of Education: The Social Organization of Schools

    EDUC 179. Urban Youth and Their Institutions: Research and Practice

    EDUC 201. History of Education in the United States

    EDUC 203. The Anthropology of Education

    EDUC 204. Introduction to Philosophy of Education

  3. Each student identifies a subfield of study in which to take at least three elective courses. Established subfields of study within the School of Education include Teaching and Learning; Educational Policy; Educational Technology. Suitable elective courses include those listed here:

Subfield 1: Teaching and Learning

EDUC 111. The Young Adult Novel: A Literature for & About Adolescents

EDUC 116X. Service Learning as an Approach to Teaching

EDUC 137. Social Justice in Education

EDUC 144X. Elementary Child Development

EDUC 149. Theory & Issues in the Study of Bilingualism

EDUC 165. History of Higher Education in the U.S.

EDUC 171. Early Childhood Education Practicum

EDUC 197. Education, Gender and Development

EDUC 208. Curriculum Construction

EDUC 218. Topics in Learning and Cognition

EDUC 223. Good Schools: Research, Policy & Practice

EDUC 256. Psychological & Educational Resilience Among Children & Youth

Subfield 2: Education Research and Policy

EDUC 104X. The Conduct of Research in Communities

EDUC 107. The Politics of International Cooperation in Education

EDUC 119X. Writing about Education

EDUC 122X. Collaborations for International Environmental Education

EDUC 123X. Contexts that Promote Youth Development

EDUC 113X. Gender & Sexuality in the Schools

EDUC 177. Education of Immigrant Students: Psychological Perspectives

EDUC 223. Good Schools: Research, Policy & Practice

Subfield 3: Educational Technology

EDUC 106. Interactive Media and Education

EDUC 124. Design & Research of Technology: Integrated Curriculum

EDUC 144X. Elementary Child Development

EDUC 208. Curriculum Construction

EDUC 218. Topics in Learning and Cognition

EDUC 239. Emerging Issues in Child and Adolescent Development

EDUC 303X. Designing Learning Spaces

EDUC 333A. Understanding Learning Environments

EDUC 333B. Imagining the Future of Learning

EDUC 342. Child Development and New Technologies

Course work completed for the Educational Minor must meet the following criteria:

All courses must be taken for a letter grade.

All courses must be completed with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Courses used to fulfill the minor may not be used to fulfill any other department degree requirements (major or minor).

All courses must be taken at Stanford University.

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