Online Education Minor: Educating for the 21st Century

Interested in a career in education or want to learn more about teaching and learning? With the new Online Education Minor, “Educating for the 21st Century,” you can earn a Minor in Education in just two summers (courses are often available during the academic year as well). You will gain experience not just learning about educational theories, but also real-word experience as teacher-mentors through our unique practicum experience. Our online courses explore a range of topics related to key issues in education, such as digital literacy, virtual learning environments, and global education. 

To receive a Minor in Education, Berkeley students must take one required course, EDUC W190, and three electives, plus complete three practicum experiences. We welcome non-Berkeley students, too, who can enroll in individual courses or earn a UC Berkeley Education Certificate by completing all of the above.

One required core course:
EDUC W190 Critical Issues in Education
Instructors: Exequiel Ganding and Christyna Serrano
 
Learn about  democratic education and critical theory while exploring solutions to educational inequality. Engage in collaborative projects in exploring key readings and concepts while developing critical perspectives. 

Choose three electives:

EDUC W140 AC The Art of Making Meaning
Instructor:  Professor Glynda Hull  

Learn about theories of literacy and learning in digital, networked environments, as well as research methods in education. Students work on a number of creative activities to represent key course ideas, as well as author a final Case Study paper documenting their field work experience. This course satisfied one practicum experience and UC Berkeley’s American Cultures requirement.

EDUC W141 Exploring Digital Pedagogy
Instructor:
Rita Conrad
Over the past decade, online education and classroom-based education have begun to converge in the form of digital pedagogy. What does this mean for the role of the instructor, how a student learns, the design of a learning experience, the structure of education and the impact on society overall? This course provides the opportunity to explore issues that are impacting 21st century education and pedagogy due to the disruptive force of technology.

EDUC W142 Education in a Global World
Instructor: Professor Erin Murphy-Graham

What is globalization? What are the implications of living in a "global world" for education? How can education be used as a tool to promote global social justice and prosperity? In this course, we will address these and other related questions through collective reading assignments, class discussions, and online collaboration.

EDUC W153   Research in Education: Studying Educational Inequality and Possibility
Instructor:  Kris Gutierrez
The goal of this web-based course is to introduce students to educational research and the methods and frameworks used to examine key educational topics related to educational inequity and educational possibility. Students also will develop robust understandings of relevant theories and methods by engaging with research focused around the set of core topics. In this way, students will become ‘re-searchers’ of enduring educational issues.

EDUC W161 Digital Learning Environments
Instructor:  Professor Zachary Pardos

Learn about the history and development of digital learning environments, from smart tutoring systems to open educational resources. Student projects include designing prototypes for mediating an online learning experience.

 

EDUC W144 - Practicum in Education (1-3 units)

Practicum in Education is designed to provide an opportunity for undergraduates to gain knowledge of qualitative research methods through critically reflecting on practicum work conducted in an educational setting. Students have the option of conducting practicum work in one of four course strands: (1) working with K-12 youth or peers; (2) conducting guided research; (3) working in an education-providing institution; and (4) course assistance in a university class. Students will be guided in these activities via the on line practicum course. Our Ed Minor team can help place you at a field work site. Students must complete 3 practicum course units for the Minor, either in one semester by enrolling in 3 units or over 2 or 3 semesters by enrolling multiple times for 1 or 2 units.

Please note that a practicum experience is included as a part of EDUC W140, so students who complete this course will be required to complete only two additional practicum units.

APPLYING TO THE ONLINE EDUCATION MINOR:

1) Make sure you understand the requirements and have your questions answered by contacting the Ed Minor Advisor: edminor@berkeley.edu or 510-643-9303.

2) When you are ready to apply to the online Education Minor:

UC Berkeley students apply through the APPLYING page of the main Ed Minor website.

All others, including students at other UCs, apply HERE

Contact Information

Aileen Rothenberg, Advisor
Undergraduate Minor in Education
2121 Berkeley Way, 2nd Floor, Student Services
(510) 643-9303
edminor@berkeley.edu

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Aileen Rothenberg
Education Minor Advisor