Undergraduate Education Minor
Our 18-credit hour minor provides students with information about teaching and learning in urban contexts and prepares them for licensure options. Our coursework provides a framework where students are well poised to affect change at the local, national, and international levels. Our programs set our graduates on the path to become strong leaders and agents of change in a democratic society through an emphasis on diversity, inclusion, and social justice.
- Students who are interested in the field of education can add a minor in secondary education to complement their studies in the other areas in the College of Liberal Arts or College of Science and Mathematics.
- Massachusetts Initial teacher licensure is also possible through the minor plus additional coursework for grades 5-12 in English, history, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish.
- For students interested in Music K-12 licensure, this is possible through the Music Department.
- Students interested in math or science education can complete the UTeach Program.
- The following are subject areas that licensure can be obtained:
- Biology (8-12)
- Chemistry (8-12)
- Chinese (5-12)
- Earth and Space Science (8-12)
- English (5-12)
- General Science (5-8)
- History (5-12)
- Math (5-8) (8-12)
- Music (all levels)
- Physics (8-12)
- Spanish (5-12)
- Early Childhood (Pk-2) -- major
Why Minor in Undergraduate Education at UMass Boston?
Our program gives students the opportunity to explore education careers and urban education while pursuing a major that they can choose to teach in the future. Our students will work with passionate faculty who are actively working with children and youth in area schools and after school programs to provide our students with both theoretical and applied knowledge and skills.
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Tuition information is posted on the Bursar’s office website
The curriculum includes courses in urban education, inclusion, sociocultural perspectives in education, and pedagogy. Students interested in licensure can add content courses, field experience, and a practicum to be eligible for licensure in their chosen area.
Our urban, multicultural university provides the central context within which students are guided to reflect on their teaching practices and to view themselves as active contributors to school improvement. Students will learn the current developmentally appropriate and evidence-based teaching practices that support students to be successful in school.
Graduates can pursue teaching careers in social studies and history, English, science, math, or music. In addition, many students who minor in education subsequently pursue a master’s degree and teaching certification in other related areas, such as elementary education or special education.
- Kristin Murphy, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director of Special Education, College of Education and Human Development
- Joan Arches, Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education and Human Development
- Denise Patmon, Associate Professor of Education, Director of Boston Writing Project, College of Education and Human Development