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Bachelor of Science in Education Sciences: Transforming Education Through Research and Practice

 

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Our Bachelor of Science will provide you with opportunities to explore the complex social, psychological, economic, historical, political, and cultural issues that impact our lives. Our overarching mission is to provide the resources for you to combine interactive academic coursework, hands-on service-learning experiences, and a deep understanding about the relationship between research and educational issues. You will reflect deeply on underlying educational principles and gain the insight needed to become advocates for equity and social justice within our society. Students are guided to develop an understanding of research and theory within the realities of practice and to use practice to reevaluate both research and theory.

The B.S. in Education Sciences provides interdisciplinary opportunities for undergraduate students. Graduates are prepared for careers in the global knowledge economy, with opportunities to apply learning modalities and technologies in multicultural contexts.

The major in Education Sciences provides a foundation for the study of education, focused on four domains. These include: 

  • Education in a Diverse Society 
  • Learning and Development 
  • Introduction to Learning Contexts
  • Educational Research and Evaluation

Students are also encouraged to pick an area of focus, and may choose from the upper-division electives listed. Students may define their own area of focus, selecting from courses offered by EDS and other related departments with department approval.

Graduates may choose from career opportunities such as: 

  • Public Education
  • Public Health
  • Higher Education
  • Educational Policy
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Curriculum Development

Many graduates will pursue advanced degrees leading to teacher credentialing or educational research.
Graduates may also pursue careers in public education supporting students through counseling, school psychology, or student affairs.

UC San Diego EDS Course Catalog

Education Studies Major Coursework (Printable Version)

Lower Division Introduction to Education Requirements

Students completing the major must complete ONE lower division introductory course as a pre-requisite to completing upper-division courses for the major.

  • EDS 30/Math 95. Introduction to Math Teaching (2)
  • EDS 31/Chem 96. Introduction to Teaching Science (2)
  • EDS 38. Explorations in Education (2)
  • EDS 39. Explorations in Secondary STEM Education (2)
  • SOCI 60. The Practice of Social Research (4)
  • HDS 1.Introduction to Human Developmental Sciences (4)

Upper Division: Education in a Diverse Society Domain

Students will select ONE course

  • EDS 112. Urban Education in the United States (4)
  • EDS 113. Chicanas/os and Latinos in Education: Policy, Practice, and Challenges to Equity (4)
  • EDS 117/SOCI117. Language, Culture and Education (4)
  • EDS 125. History, Politics, and Theory of Bilingual Education (4)
  • EDS 126. Social Organization of Education (4)
  • SOCI 152. Social Inequality and Public Policy (4)

Upper Division: Learning & Development Domain

Students will select TWO courses

  • EDS 114. Interactive Computing Environments (4)
  • EDS 115. Cognitive Development and Education (4)
  • EDS 118. Adolescent Development and Education (4)
  • EDS/LIGN 119. First and Second Language Learning: From Childhood through Adolescence (4)
  • HDS 120. Language Development (4)
  • HDS 122. Social Development (4)
  • HDS 133. Sociocultural Foundations of Human Development (4)

Upper Division: Introduction to Learning Contexts Domain

Students will select at least ONE course. EDS 139 (Practicum in Teaching Learning – 2 units) is a co-requisite course required for all Introduction to Learning Contexts courses with the exception of EDS 135.

  • EDS 130. Introduction to Academic Mentoring of Elementary/School Students (4)
  • EDS 131. Early Childhood Development and Education (4)
  • EDS 133: Counseling and Advising (4)
  • EDS 135: Newcomers in San Diego (6)
  • EDS 136. Introduction to Academic Tutoring of Secondary School Students (4)
  • EDS 137. Introduction to Discipline-Specific Teaching and Learning (4)

Upper Division: Educational Research Domain

Students must complete TWO courses in research methodology. One course must address qualitative research methods and one course must address quantitative research methods.

Qualitative Research Courses
  • EDS 102. Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Education Research (4)* Or equivalent course with department approval
  • SOCI 110. Qualitative Research in Educational Settings (4)
Quantitative Research Courses
  • EDS 103. Introduction to Quantitative Analysis in Education Research (4) *Or equivalent course with department approval
  • SOCI 109. Analysis of Sociological Data (4)

Upper Division Focus Area Elective Courses

Students will complete at least TWO upper division elective courses. EDS 199, Independent Study, taken for Pass/Not Pass may count for ONE EDS upper-division elective course. Elective courses may be from more than one focus area.

P-12 Education

  • EDS 111 Child, Family and Community Partnerships with Schools (4)
  • EDS/MATH 121A. Foundations of Teaching and Learning Math (4)
  • EDS/MATH 121B. Foundations of Teaching and Learning Math (4)
  • EDS 122/ CHEM 187. Teaching and Learning Science (4)
  • EDS 123/ CHEM 188. Teaching and Learning Science (4)
  • EDS124AR. Teaching Computation in the Digital World (4)
  • EDS 124BR Teaching Computational Thinking for Everyone

Education Policy

  • ECON 147 Economics of Education (4)
  • USP 104. Ethnic Diversity and the City (4)
  • USP 116. California Local Government: Finance and Administration (4)
  • SOCI 127. Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity (4)
  • SOCI 139. Social Inequality: Class, Race, and Gender (4)

Research in Education

  • EDS 120. Introduction to Design-Based Research in Education (4)
  • ETHN 100A. Ethnic Studies: Theoretical Approaches (4)
  • ETHN 100B. Interdisciplinary Methodologies (4)
  • SOCI 102. Network Data and Methods (4)
  • SOCI 108. Survey Research Design (4)
  • SOCI 122. Social Networks (4)
  • USP 125. The Design of Social Research (4)

Diverse Learning Settings

  • EDS 116. Equity Minded Education (4)
  • COMM 168. Bilingual Communication (4)
  • COMM 169. Deaf Culture in the U.S. (4)
  • ETHN 144. Bilingual Communities in the USA (4)

Senior Seminar

  • EDS 180. Topics in Education Studies (4)

To satisfy the requirements for the major, lower- and upper-division courses must be completed with a P, C–, or better grade (except for independent study course electives (EDS 197, 198, or 199))

Senior Educational Fieldwork Capstone Sequence (3 Pathways)

Students will select one fieldwork pathway and complete the course sequence of the pathway. EDS 139 (Practicum in Teaching Learning –2 units) is a co-requisite course required for ALL Educational Fieldwork courses.

Pathway 1. Educational Action Research Fieldwork

  • EDS 140. Introduction to Action Research in P–12 Education (4)
  • EDS 141. Action Research in PK–12 Education: Advanced Practicum in Pre-K–12 Schools and Communities (4)

Pathway 2. Elementary School (P-6) Teaching Fieldwork

  • EDS 128A. Introduction to Teaching and Learning (Elementary) (4)
  • EDS 128B. Introduction to Teaching and Learning (Elementary) (4)

Undergraduate majors who complete Pathway 2 will have fulfilled the course requirements to enter the graduate Teacher Education Program in Multiple Subjects Teaching.

Pathway 3. Secondary School (6-12) Teaching Fieldwork

  • EDS 129A. Introduction to Teaching and Learning (Secondary) (4)
  • EDS 129B. Introduction to Teaching and Learning (Secondary) (4)
  • EDS 129C. Introduction to Teaching and Learning (Secondary) (4)

Undergraduate majors who complete Pathway 3 will have fulfilled the course requirements to enter the graduate Teacher Education Program in Single Subjects Teaching, with the exception of their content knowledge requirement. This requirement can be satisfied successfully passing California’s Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) or the Education Studies’ Subject Matter Preparation Program (SMPP).