Educational Foundations Program

Why major in educational foundations?

The educational foundations (EdF) program is for undergraduates who are committed to social change.

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.

You will begin as a pre-education major and then declare the educational foundations major before your junior year. If a full major does not fit into your academic plans, we also offer an undergraduate certificate in educational foundations.

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.

The certificate in educational foundations: secondary is designed for undergraduates who are considering a career in education but prefer to pursue a different undergraduate major.

Degree Options

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 teacher certification programs 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 proficiency in a second language.
  • The bachelor of science (BS) degree requires proficiency in mathematics or computer and information science or a combination of the two.

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

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 and master’s degree.


What can I do with an education foundations degree?

Most common careers pursued by educational foundations graduates:

  • Teachers
  • School counselors
  • Social workers
  • Nonprofit directors
  • AmeriCorps volunteers
  • Peace Corps volunteers

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:

  • UOTeach
  • Special Education
  • Early Intervention