Our program’s collection of courses provides students with a sophisticated understanding of the social, cultural, and political dimensions of teaching and learning.
This is a pre-professional degree preparing students who are highly competitive for admission into graduate teacher education programs or other graduate programs in Oregon and around the country.
The educational foundations major requires core courses in five thematic areas:
- Learning, teaching, and assessment
- Curriculum theory
- Equal opportunity
Additional courses are required in:
- Physical education
- Other subjects for the purpose of building subject matter preparation for teaching
Written English WR 121 College Composition
WR 122 College Composition II or WR 123 College Composition III
A minimum of 15-16 credits in approved CORE courses is required for each Area of Inquiry. Students must take courses in at least two subject codes in each Area of Inquiry. Students may use a maximum of 3 courses in any one subject code toward the total credits across all Areas of Inquiry. Students may use a maximum of 3 courses that have the same subject code(s) as their primary major (EDST) to simultaneously count for both a student’s major requirements and Areas of Inquiry.
Areas of Inquiry:
Arts and Letters: 15-16 credits.
Social Science: EDST 111, and additional Social Science coursework to total 15-16 credits.
Science: Four courses listed as Science (SC) in the UO catalog or the transfer equivalent.
One approved course in each of the following categories: US: Difference, Inequality & Agency; Global Perspectives (Courses must be a minimum of three credits.)
DIA: EDST 225 (also a prerequisite for upper division coursework)
GP: One 3-4 credit course
Educational Foundations Program Coursework
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Science
- MATH 211 Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I
- MATH 212 Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics II
- MATH 213 Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics III
Lower Division Education Courses
|Course and Title||Credits|
|EDST 111 Educational Issues and Problems1 (Prerequisite for EDST 331 and EDST 420)||4|
|EDST 211 Childhood Studies (Prerequisite for EDST 331 and EDST 420)||4|
|EDST 225 School and Representation in Film2 (Prerequisite for EDST 420)||4|
1 Social Science General Education Course CORE Education - new required UO terminology
2 American Cultures General Education Course CORE Education (see above)
- All private teacher education graduate programs in Oregon accept MATH 211 (4), 212 (4), 213 (4) OR EDST 471 (4), EDST 472 (4).
- The UO and Oregon State are the only state institutions that have formally accepted EDST 471 and EDST 472 as equivalents for MATH 211-213.
- For approval at Portland State, Eastern Oregon, Southern Oregon, and Western Oregon, please contact Alison Schmitke in EDST at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upper Division Education Courses
Equal Opportunity Coursework
|course and Title||Credits|
|EDST 410 Indigenous Values in Education||3|
|EDST 410 Climate Activism||3|
|EDST 411 Equal Opportunity: Food and Education||3|
|EDST 452 Equal Opportunity: Poverty||3|
|EDST 453 Equal Opportunity: Racism||3|
|EDST 454 Equal Opportunity: Patriarchy||3|
|EDST 455 Equal Opportunity: Homophobia||3|
|EDST 456 Decolonization||3|
|EDST 457 Equal Opportunity: Diaspora and Immigration||3|
|EDST 458 EO Field Experience (Corequisite: EDST 410, EDST 457; Repeatable twice)||3|
Equal Opportunity Courses
Educational foundation seniors will choose a minimum of two equal opportunity courses during the senior year.
- EDST 458 is a corequisite field experience requirement of every equal opportunity course taken.
- Study abroad experience may count toward one equal opportunity course.
NOTE: All EdF third- and fourth-year courses must be taken for a letter grade. Pass/No Pass may only be used for group and BA or BS requirements.