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Minor in Education

The Minor in Education offers two options: with teacher certification or without teacher certification. Most students chose the option with teacher certification.

Minor with Teacher Certification

Is this program for me?

The Minor in Education with teacher certification generally is designed for students who want to become certified to teach a specific subject in middle or high school (e.g. you want to teach history) or at the Early Childhood through 12 th grade level (e.g. you want to teach art).

With this minor, students should major in the subject they want to teach (e.g. history or art).

Specifically, this minor is for those who want to teach the following:

  • Art (Early Childhood-12th grade)
  • Dance (6th-12th grade)
  • English Language Arts (7th-12th grade)
  • History (7th-12th grade)
  • Journalism (7th-12th grade)
  • French (Early Childhood-12th grade)
  • Italian (Early Childhood-12th grade)
  • Latin (Early Childhood-12th grade)
  • Spanish (Early Childhood-12th grade)
  • Social Studies (7th-12th grade)
  • Speech (7th-12th grade)

Important exceptions:

  • Students who want to become certified to teach math or science in middle or high school should pursue the teachHOUSTON program instead of a Minor in Education.
  • Students who want to teach music or theatre will complete the teacher certification requirements through their major and should not choose the Minor in Education.

I think this program is for me. What should I do?

Start by seeing the advisor in the department of your specific major (e.g. history or art) to learn more about the requirements. Then, if your preferred teaching track requires a Minor in Education, make an appointment with one of our teacher education undergraduate advisors.

What will I learn?

Our goal is to graduate students who are ready to teach on day one. Students learn classroom management and research-based instructional strategies from experienced faculty so they are well prepared to meet the needs of diverse learners.

Students also must complete a yearlong student teaching internship. This is an invaluable experience where students receive coaching and support from UH faculty and a mentor teacher at the school.

Degree plan: What classes will I take?

Since degree plans change periodically, students will follow the degree plan in place at the time in which they signed an official degree plan. Here is a sample degree plan:

Minor Without Teacher Certification

Students interested in learning more about the field of education who do not plan to teach can select the Minor in Education without teacher certification. This minor requires 15 hours of coursework and a small amount of fieldwork. Here is a sample degree plan:

I think this program is for me. What should I do?

To apply for a Minor in Education without teacher certification, make an appointment with one of our teacher education undergraduate advisors.