Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Educational Foundations

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:

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

Additional courses are required in:

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

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements

UO Requirements

Written English WR 121 College Composition
WR 122 College Composition II or WR 123 College Composition III

CORE Education
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.

Cultural Literacy
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 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 TitleCredits
    EDST 111 Educational Issues and Problems(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

    Upper Division Education Courses

    course and TitleCredits
    EDST 331 Autobiography of Schooling (Prerequisites: EDST 111 and EDST 211)4
    EDST 332 Learning, Teaching, and Assessment I (Prerequisite: EDST 331)3
    EDST 333 Learning, Teaching, and Assessment II (Prerequisite: EDST 332)3
    EDST 338 Observation: Learning, Teaching, Assessment I (Corequisite with EDST 332 Learning, Teaching, and Assessment I)
    (Prerequisite: EDST 331)  
    EDST 339 Observation: Learning, Teaching, Assessment II (Corequisite with EDST 333 Learning, Teaching, and Assessment II)
    (Prerequisites: EDST 331, EDST 332, EDST 338)
    EDST 420 Living in a Stratified Society (Prerequisites: EDST 111 and EDST 225)4
    EDST 422 Technology and Education4
    EDST 440 Physical Education for Diverse Learners3
    EDST 342 Curriculum Studies I (Prerequisite: EDST 333)4
    EDST 343 Curriculum Studies II (Prerequisite: EDST 333)4
    EDST 463 Foundations of Reading (Prerequisite: EDST 333)4
    EDST 464 Multicultural Literacy (Prerequisite: EDST 420)4
    MUS 322 Music Fundamentals3
    SPED 411 Foundations of Disability I3

    Equal Opportunity Coursework

    (EDST 420 is prerequisite for all Equal Opportunity Courses, and EDST 458 is corequisite to each course) 

    course and TitleCredits
    EDST 410 Indigenous Values in Education3
    EDST 410 Climate Activism3
    EDST 411 Equal Opportunity: Food and Education3
    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.