Undergraduate Minor in Education

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Education impacts virtually every member of modern society. Our undergraduate minor in education is for you if you are interested in a career in teaching, interested in how people learn, or want to know how to effectively share information with your supervisors and peers.

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Why Minor in Education?

The education minor is appropriate for undergraduate students who may be interested in careers in all levels of education.   

It is expected that upon completing this minor, you will:

  • Understand the role and responsibility of educators in society
  • Have the ability to navigate the complex relationships that influence teaching and learning
  • Possess the initial skills needed to plan lessons and teach
  • Gain a disposition of inquiry in relation to teaching and learning

If you are an undergraduate student interested in teaching in New York State public schools (pre-K through 12), you should consider the education minor to explore teaching as a career. While this minor itself cannot lead directly to initial teacher certification, you can earn up to 12 credit hours toward a master’s degree and teaching certificate.

Program Overview

Academic minor granted Education
Credits required for completion 18
Time to completion 3 to 4 semesters 
Course delivery On campus, online or hybrid
  • Early Childhood: Birth–Grade 2 (with or without bilingual extension)
  • Childhood: Grades 1–6 (with or without bilingual extension)
  • Early Childhood/Childhood: (Birth–Grade 2 and Grades 1–6)
  • Adolescence: Grades 7–12 (with or without grades 5–6 extension) in
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Earth Science
    • English
    • Languages other than English (LOTE)
    • Math
    • Physics
    • Social Studies
  • All Grades:
    • English for speakers of other languages (ESOL)
    • Music

Program Coursework

Required Courses (7 credits)

  • LAI 350 Introduction to Education (4 credits)

Choose one of the following:

  • CEP 400 Educational Psychology (3 credits)
  • ELP 405 Sociology of Education (3 credits)

Electives (11 or more credits, at least 6 credits must be at the 300 or 400 level)

  • CEP 400 Educational Psychology (3 credits, if not taken as a required course)
  • CEP 401 Introduction to Counseling (3 credits)
  • ELP 405 Sociology of Education (3 credits, if not taken as a required course)
  • ELP 407 Language, Culture, and Education in a Global Society (3 credits)
  • LAI 205 Introduction to Child Development & Learning (3 credits)
  • LAI 254 Woodwind Techniques (with advisor approval) (2 credits)
  • LAI 256 Brass Techniques (with advisor approval) (2 credits)
  • LAI 414 Writing across the Curriculum (3 credits)
  • LAI 416 Early Childhood Education Theory & Practice (3 credits)
  • LAI 419 Introduction to Teaching (3 credits)
  • LAI 433 Technology and Curriculum Integration (3 credits)
  • LAI 434 Assessment of Student Performance & Understanding (3 credits)
  • LAI 435 Intercultural Interactions in the Multicultural Classroom (3 credits)
  • LAI 474 Teaching the Exceptional Learner (3 credits)
  • LAI 490 Seminar and Practicum in Early Childhood (3 credits)
  • LIN 496 Linguistics Teaching Internship (3 credits)

Course descriptions can be found in the UB Undergraduate Catalog.

Initial Teacher Certification Graduate Programs

If you intend to apply to a graduate-level program leading to initial teacher certification, be sure to plan your undergraduate coursework to meet admissions requirements as related to the undergraduate major and content-area distribution, as well as the general education core in liberal arts and sciences. Visit our Teacher Education Institute website for more information on these requirements.


Because the education minor functions as an introduction to the education profession, students enrolled in this program must begin to consider the meaning of, as well as demonstrate adherence to, professionalism, especially as related to fieldwork in schools and educational organizations and in university-based coursework.

Professionalism comprises a variety of matters and although it is often difficult to comprehensively define, teach, and assess, the following offers some concrete descriptions that set a minimum standard of expected professional conduct.

When going to schools/organizations, students are expected to demonstrate basic professional competencies as would be expected of practicing teachers, including the following: arrive in a timely manner; present themselves in a professional manner as related to their dress, personal appearance, and hygiene; and maintain a courteous and respectful relationship with school/organization personnel, students, parents/guardians, etc. Failure to consistently demonstrate these competencies constitutes a lack of appropriate professional conduct.

Throughout their experiences in schools/organizations, students are reminded that the Graduate School of Education is committed to preparing teachers to teach all students in the public school system throughout the state of New York. As such, students must approach their fieldwork and coursework with a commitment toward this goal and must act in a manner that is consistent with this goal.

Throughout their undergraduate career, students are expected to interact with and represent UB faculty, staff, and students in a professional manner consistent with UB policies and in line with the above expectations of professional conduct within schools/organizations.

Application Requirements

  • As a UB student, you must have an overall GPA of at least 2.5. As a transfer student, your GPA must include at least one semester of UB courses as a full-time, matriculated student.
  • All prerequisite courses should be completed or in-progress when you apply for this minor.

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University Computing Standards

You are required to have daily access to a reliable broadband connection and a computer that meets university computing standards. You are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning your coursework.