Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Educational Foundations

Degree Requirements  |  Program Plan


Our program’s collection of courses provides students with a sophisticated understanding of the social, cultural, and political dimensions of teaching and learning.

This major is designed as a two-year program completed during the undergraduate third and fourth year.

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:

  1. Learning, teaching, and assessment
  2. Curriculum theory
  3. Equal opportunity
  4. Literacy
  5. Technology

Additional courses are required in:

  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Music
  • Art
  • Physical education
  • Other subjects for the purpose of building subject matter preparation for teaching

The bachelor of arts (BA) degree requires two years of university-level course work in a second language.


Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements

Educational foundations is an application-based major with additional requirements.

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Prerequisites

  • WR 121 College Composition I
  • WR 122 College Composition II or WR 123 College Composition III

Group Requirements

Bachelor of Arts

  • EDST 471 Foundations of Algebra Learning
  • EDST 472 Foundations of Geometry Learning
  • WORLD LANGUAGE: Two years

Bachelor of Science

  • MATH 211 Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I
  • MATH 212 Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics II
  • MATH 213 Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics III

Pre-Education

Pre-education students are required to complete a minimum of 30 hours of volunteer or work experience with children in a professional setting after high school graduation and in the United States.

They also begin group requirements, including the Educational Foundations Science Requirement*

Education Courses

CourseTitleCredits
EDST 111Educational Issues and Problems14
EDST 220Beginning Applications in Education Technology4
EDST 225School and Representation in Film24

Art Education

Choose one:

CourseTitleCredits
AAD 252Art and Gender 34
AAD 410Lifelong Learning in the Arts1–5
AAD 410Museum Practice4
AAD 429Museum Education4
AAD 430Youth Arts Curriculum and Methods4
ENG 280Introduction to Comic Studies 44
ENG 385Graphic Narratives and Cultural Theory 44
ENG 386Bodies in Comic 44

1 Social Science General Education Course
2 American Cultures General Education Course
3 Identity, Pluralism, and Tolerance General Education Course
4 Arts and Letters

* Science Requirements for Educational Foundations

The educational foundations program requires six science courses:

  • A minimum of four science courses must be completed (C- or higher) from the list in DuckWeb degree guide for pre-education and EdF declared major students OR from the Science Literacy Program term offerings.
    • Any combination from these two lists will work as long as they add up to four courses.
  • The final two science courses can be completed (C- or higher) from any science course offered by the UO or from a transferring college.
    • Includes online science courses and/or science courses that do not include labs or discussion sessions.
  • If taking a course at another college, please be sure that the course transfers as a science course.

**Mathematics

  • 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 schmitke@uoregon.edu.

Third and Fourth Year

CourseTitleCredits
EDST 331Autobiography of Schooling4
EDST 332Learning, Teaching, and Assessment I3
EDST 333Learning, Teaching, and Assessment II3
EDST 338Observation: Learning, Teaching, Assessment I (Corequisite with EDST 332 Learning, Teaching, and Assessment I)1
EDST 339Observation: Learning, Teaching, Assessment II (Corequisite with EDST 333 Learning, Teaching, and Assessment II)1
EDST 411Childhood Studies3
EDST 420Living in a Stratified Society4
EDST 422Technology Education4
EDST 440Physical Education for Diverse Learners3
EDST 342Curriculum Studies I4
EDST 343Curriculum Studies II4
EDST 463Foundations of Reading4
EDST 464Multicultural Literacy4
MUS 322Music Fundamentals3
SPED 411Foundations of Disability I3

Equal Opportunity (Choose 2):***

CourseTitleCredits

EDST 411 and
EDST 458

Equal Opportunity: Food and Education and
Equal Opportunity: Field Experience

3
1

EDST 452 and
EDST 458
Equal Opportunity: Poverty and
Equal Opportunity: Field Experience
3
1
EDST 453 and
EDST 458
Equal Opportunity: Racism and
Equal Opportunity: Field Experience
3
1
EDST 454 and
EDST 458
Equal Opportunity: Patriarchy and
Equal Opportunity: Field Experience
3
1
EDST 455 and
EDST 458
Equal Opportunity: Homophobia and
Equal Opportunity: Field Experience
3
1
EDST 456 and
EDST 458
Equal Opportunity: Colonization and Genocide and
Equal Opportunity: Field Experience
3
1
EDST 457 and
EDST 458
Equal Opportunity: Diaspora and Immigration and
Equal Opportunity: Field Experience
3
1

Degree Plan

Third Year

Fall, Winter, or Spring Term

Course and TitleCredits
EDST 440 Physical Education for Diverse Learners3

Fall term

Course and TitleCredits
EDST 331 Autobiography of Schooling4
EDST 411 Childhood Studies3

Winter term

Course and TitleCredits
EDST 332 Learning, Teaching, and Assessment I3
EDST 338 Observation: Learning, Teaching, Assessment I1
EDST 420 Living in a Stratified Society4
EDST 422 Technology Education4

Spring term

Course and TitleCredits
EDST 333 Learning, Teaching, and Assessment II3
EDST 339 Observation: Learning, Teaching, Assessment II1

Fourth Year

Fall, winter, or spring term

Course and TitleCredits
MUS 322 Music Fundamentals3
SPED 411 Foundations of Disability I3

Fall term

Equal Opportunity (EO) options:***

Course and TitleCredits

EDST 457 Equal Opportunity: Diaspora and Immigration and
EDST 458 Observation: Equal Opportunity I

or

EDST 455 Equal Opportunity: Homophobia and
EDST 458 Observation: Equal Opportunity I

3
1

 

3
1

Winter term

Course and TitleCredits
EDST 342 Curriculum Studies I4
EDST 463 Foundations of Reading4

Equal Opportunity options:***

Course and TitleCredits
EDST 456 Equal Opportunity: Colonization and Genocide and
EDST 458 Observation: Equal Opportunity I
3
1

Spring term

Course and TitleCredits
EDST 343 Curriculum Studies II4
EDST 464 Multicultural Literacy4

Equal Opportunity options:***

 

Course and TitleCredits
EDST 458 Observation: Equal Opportunity I and
EDST 455 Equal Opportunity: Homophobia
1
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.