Education Minor Launched

Program is open to all students and will include classes in education policy, the history of education and the workings of schools

Anne Jones in the classroom

Anne Jones, assistant dean for academic programs and student affairs in the Graduate School of Education

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — The University of California Riverside’s Graduate School of Education is launching a minor in education this fall.

The program, which is open to undergraduate students from any major, will feature courses in education policy, the history of education, the workings of schools and other topics in school and non-school settings.

“Education is all about how you gather, organize and transmit information,” said Anne Jones, director of teacher education at UC Riverside.  “I can’t think of a profession that you would go into where you would say ‘I don’t want to know anything about education.’”

The 24-unit education minor doesn’t lead to a teaching credential, but some of the courses may be used toward a teacher education preparation program, such as the one offered at UC Riverside.

Aspiring teachers will obtain a foundation of understanding about human development and cognition, and practices for teaching and learning in areas including special education, literary and language, curriculum and teaching strategies and educational research.

Courses can also lead to an interest in graduate studies in education.

The Graduate School of Education offers doctoral degrees in education, society, and culture; educational psychology; higher education administration and policy; school psychology; and special education.

It offers master’s in arts degrees in the following areas:education, society, and culture; educational psychology; and special education.

It also offers master’s in education degrees in these areas: autism emphasis; diversity and equity emphasis; general education with teaching emphasis; higher education administration and policy; reading emphasis; and special education with education specialist credential.

For information about the education minor contact Liliana Aguayo at 951-827-5850 or

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