Why major in educational foundations?
The educational foundations (EdF) program is for undergraduates who are committed to social change and are pursuing a future in education or related fields.
This major prepares aspiring future professionals in education and related fields to be critical thinkers, well informed about theory and practice, and to possess the knowledge and skills that will enable them to be change agents in economically, racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse communities.
If you are interested in graduate study, such as our UOTeach program, to become an elementary teacher, you should begin your undergraduate study as a pre-education major and then apply to the Educational Foundations major before your junior year.
If you aspire to be a future middle or high school teacher, you should major as an undergraduate in the content area you wish to teach, and then pursue graduate study in a program such as UOTeach.
For those students pursuing a different undergraduate major, but considering a career in education, the certificate in educational foundations: secondary is a good option to prepare for graduate study in education.
One of the many strengths of the educational foundation (EdF) major is the 120 hours of diverse field experiences that are an integral part of the curriculum.
Our program is designed as a two-year cohort program completed during the undergraduate junior and senior year.
Become an Elementary Teacher
Completed during junior and senior year, the two-year educational foundations program prepares undergraduate students for admission into master’s-level elementary teacher licensure programs, such as UOTeach, or other Graduate School programs.
The educational foundations major does not result in a teaching license. Students graduate with either a bachelor of arts (BA) or a bachelor of science (BS) degree.
- The bachelor of arts (BA) degree requires two years of university-level course work in a second language.
- The bachelor of science (BS) degree requires successful completion of one-year college-level mathematics courses focused in elementary education content.
Become a Middle or High School Teacher
If you are planning to pursue a career as a middle or high school teacher, you should complete the certificate in educational foundations: secondary program while majoring in the subject area you want to teach.
You will then need to enroll in a graduate teacher education program like UOTeach that will result in a teaching license in your endorsed content area and a master’s degree.
What can I do with an education foundations degree?
Both the undergraduate major and certificate programs in educational foundations prepare graduates who are highly competitive for admission into master’s level teacher certification programs including our own programs:
Most common careers pursued by educational foundations graduates:
- School counselors
- Social workers
- Human services jobs
- Business and non-profit supervisors