Teaching & Learning Minor

Minor Description

The Teaching & Learning Minor explores how children and adolescents learn in a range of settings, including schools and informal or community contexts. This minor focuses on child and adolescent development, learning theory, and how social factors like systems of inequity shape teaching and learning. Through community-engaged learning, Teaching & Learning minors will have the opportunity to work in schools or community organizations and develop leadership skills to become change agents who advocate for the learning of all young people. 

Please note that minoring in Teaching & Learning does not result in Washington state teacher certification. More information on how to become a teacher can be found here

Why minor in Teaching & Learning?

Students who minor in Teaching & Learning Development are interested in:

  • Teaching middle or high school, working in schools or in early childhood education.
  • Teaching or supporting the learning of youth in informal or community spaces like tutoring centers, after-school programs or summer camps, environmental educations organization, or museums.
  • Developing a deeper understanding of teaching and learning, specifically issues that impact educators in all contexts.

Academic Connections & Career Pathways 

The Teaching & Learning Minor provides foundational preparation for a wide range of careers and graduate programs.

Add the Teaching & Learning Minor to pursue these careers:

  • Arts education or museums 
  • Childcare, childcare center management 
  • College teaching & academic research 
  • Data & policy analysis and research 
  • Early childhood education 
  • Early intervention specialist work 
  • EdTech, edutainment, or educational software development 
  • Educational technology specialist work 
  • Environmental or wildlife education
  •  Family outreach or liaising 
  • Higher education, like academic advising, student life and engagement, multicultural affairs, financial aid 
  • K-12 teaching (K-12 teaching requires certification) 
  • Library science 
  • Professional development facilitation 
  • Public health & health education 
  • User Experience (UX) design 
  • Youth development and after-school programming 

The Teaching & Learning Minor is a great addition to any major, including: 

  • American & Ethnic Studies 
  • Applied Computing 
  • Biology 
  • Business Administration 
  • Chemistry 
  • Computer Science & Software Engineering 
  • Conservation & Restoration Science 
  • Culture, Literature & the Arts 
  • Data Visualization 
  • Earth System Science 
  • Educational Studies 
  • Environmental Studies 
  • Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies 
  • Global Studies 
  • Health Studies 
  • Interdisciplinary Arts 
  • Interdisciplinary Studies 
  • Mathematics 
  • Media & Communication Studies 
  • Physics 
  • Psychology 
  • Science, Technology & Society

Declaring the Minor

Students interested in the Teaching & Learning Minor should meet with their advisor to declare the minor as early as possible. 

Minor Requirements

To complete the Teaching & Learning minor, students must complete 30 credits of Educational Studies coursework.

Required Coursework – 20 credits

  • B EDUC 220 Education and Society
  • B EDUC 402 Human Growth & Learning OR B EDUC 456 Adolescents in Schools and Society
  • B EDUC 403 Introduction to Special Education
  • B EDUC 441 Second Language Acquisition, Bilingual Education, and the Structure of English

Elective Coursework – 10 credits

  • B EDUC 210 Education in a Multicultural Society
  • B EDUC 230 Culture, Knowledge, and Education
  • B EDUC 315 History of Education in the United States
  • B EDUC 330 Race, Culture, and Identity in the Classroom
  • B EDUC 340 STEAM Education (3 cr)
  • B EDUC 423 Health, Fitness, and Issues of Abuse (3 cr)
  • B EDUC 470 Disability Culture in Schools and Society

Minor Advising

Course Registration

Some Teaching & Learning Minor courses are restricted to students in SES majors for Registration Period I, but become available to all students from Registration Period II onwards. You can contact the academic advisor for Teaching & Learning Minor for assistance with registration.

SES Policies & Petitions

SES undergraduate academic policies can be found here.

SES Course Petition

Minors may request that Teaching & Learning Minor-related courses from UW Bothell or other colleges/universities that are not on the pre-approved elective lists count toward minor requirements. These requests are considered on a case-by-case basis through the SES Course Petition. Students can submit an SES Petition here.