Education Sciences B.A.

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The major in Education Sciences builds a theoretical foundation and applied understandings in the study of education, focusing on four primary areas: human development, learning, and cognition; societal and policy contexts affecting education; media and communication systems for learning; and educational research and evaluation. Students have the option of selecting a specialization in Early Childhood Learning and Development, After-School Learning and Development, Children’s Learning and Development, Digital Media and Learning, English Language Learning, and Research and Evaluation.

Major Requirements

Please note: A more exhaustive list of major requirements and restrictions will be included in the Fall 2014 course catalog. This represents a summary of the required courses for the major.

Lower Division: 20 units total

  1. Five lower division courses: Education 10, 15*, 30, 40, 50.

*The following statistics courses are approved alternatives for Education 15: SocEcol 13 or Stats 7. The following course sequences are an approved alternative for Education 15 (both courses in the sequence must be completed): Anthro 10A-B; PoliSci 10A-B; Psych 10A-B; SocSci 9A-B; SocSci 10A-B.

Upper Division: 28 units total

  1. One development course (4 units) selected from: Education 106, 107, 108, 185.
  2. One learning course (4 units) selected from: Education 128, 160, 173, 176.
  3. One educational policy and social context course (4 units) selected from: Education 124, 126, 145, 149, 150, 175, 182.
  4. One communications and media course (4 units) selected from: Education 130, 131, 104E, 125, 134, 151.
  5. Three additional electives (12 units) in Education courses numbered 100 to 199*, not including the following professional education courses: Education 109, 143AW, 143BW, 148, 158. At least 8 units of elective courses must be at the upper division level. A maximum of 8 units for any repeatable Education course (e.g., Education 198, 199) may be used to satisfy this elective requirement.

*If a student completes one or more specializations for this major, a maximum of 8 units from other departments that are used to satisfy specialization requirements may concurrently satisfy this upper division elective requirement for the major.

Practicum Requirement: 40 hours total

A minimum of 40 hours of field experience or research in an education setting, satisfied via UCI approved courses that include a practicum or petition for approval of verifiable hours from course that are not on the approved practicum course list or hours from educational fieldwork that is not linked to a UCI course.


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Answers to FAQs

Current Students

  • What are the change of major requirements for currently enrolled UCI students?
    • Overall 2.0 g.p.a. and a C or better in one education course.


  • When will change of majors be accepted?
    • The major will be listed in the Fall 2014 course catalog however we will not be able to change majors or add second majors until late summer 2014.


  • How do I double major in Education Sciences?
    • Students must receive permission from their primary major’s academic unit to add the major in Education Sciences. Students will not be permitted to remain at UCI for a fifth year to complete the major in Education Sciences.


  • Can I do the Education Sciences major and the Educational Studies minor?
    • No.


  • How do I satisfy the practicum requirement?
    • Link to fieldwork page for Ed minor:


  • Does this major lead to a teaching credential?
    • The Education Sciences major will provide preparation to enter a teaching credential program upon graduation but it is not a professional educational degree. Students interested in teaching single subjects should consider double majoring in the field they wish to teach. Math and science students should complete the Cal Teach 4 year academic program to earn a teaching credential and a bachelor’s degree( Multiple subject candidates should consider completing the Early Childhood Learning and Development or Children’s Learning and Development specializations.

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Incoming/Prospective Students

  • What are the requirements for transfer students?
    • Transfer students must have a minimum 3.0 See for articulated coursework.


  • When will the major be available for freshmen applicants?
    • The major will appear on the UC application beginning Fall 2014 for Fall 2015 enrollment.


  • Will the School of Education accept students seeking a second bachelor’s degree?
    • At this time we will not be accepting candidates seeking a second bachelor’s degree.