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Undergraduate Minor in Education

The Graduate 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 displiplines of the field, while allowing flexibility for students wanting to pursue specific interests within Education. In order to graduate with a minor in Education, undergraduate 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.

Program Information


Course work completed for the Education Minor must be approved by the Minor Director and meet the following criteria:

  • Courses are to be taken for a minimum of 3 units each
  • 3.0 GPA must be maintained for all minor courses 
  • All courses must be taken for a letter grade
  • Courses used to fulfill the minor requirements may not be used to fulfill any other department degree requirements (major or minor)


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

    EDUC 101: Introduction to Teaching and Learning 

  2. All students are required to complete two 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 120C. Education and Society
    EDUC 136. World, Societal, and Educational Change: Comparative Perspectives 
    EDUC 201. History of Education in the United States
    EDUC 204. Introduction to Philosophy of Education

  3. Select a subfield of study and complete three electives within that chosen subfield. The following are suggested subfields and electives:

    Teaching and Learning
    EDUC 103A. Tutoring: Seeing a Child Through Literacy
    EDUC 111. The Young Adult Novel: A Literature for & About Adolescents
    EDUC 112. Urban Education
    EDUC 121X. Hip Hop, Youth Identities, and the Politics of Language
    EDUC 149. Theory & Issues in the Study of Bilingualism
    EDUC 171. Early Childhood Education Practicum
    EDUC 256. Psychological & Educational Resilience Among Children & Youth
    EDUC 357. Science and Environmental Education in Informal Contexts

    Education Research and Policy
    EDUC 117. Research and Policy on Postsecondary Access
    EDUC 121X. Hip Hop, Youth Identities, and the Politics of Language
    EDUC 165. History of Higher Education in the U.S.
    EDUC 197. Education, Gender and Development
    EDUC 218. Topics in Cognition and Learning
    EDUC 223. Good Districts and Good Schools: Research, Policy, and Practice
    EDUC 277. Education of Immigrant Students: Psychological Perspectives

    Learning Design and Technology
    EDUC 139X. Educating Young STEM Thinkers
    EDUC 328. Topics in Learning and Technology: Core Mechanics for Learning
    EDUC 303X. Designing Learning Spaces
    EDUC 333A. Understanding Learning Environments
    EDUC 342. Child Development and New Technologies

  • Schedule an appointment with the Minor Director for an informational meeting.
  • Submit your declaration via Axess. Enter proposed course plan at this time.
  • You will receive an email from Stanford GSE once your declaration has been approved.
  • The quarter before you intend to graduate, finalize your course plan and submit an approved Major-Minor Course Approval form to the Office of the Registrar.
  • Any changes to the initial course of study should be approved in advance by the Minor Director.
  • Students must declare no later than the second quarter of their junior year.


Jennifer Lynn Wolf, Ph.D.
Director of Undergraduate Minor
Cubberley 324

Caroline Stasulat
MA and Undergraduate Programs Officer
Cubberley 140


*The Education Minor does not provide a teaching credential. If you are interested in learning more about our MA/Credential program, please visit the Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP) website.