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Undergraduate Students

Undergraduates at the College of Education learn educational and clinical science research from renowned scholars and use this learning to work for social change; advocate for children and families; teach and support K–12 students; and provide clinical services to prevent and remedy mental health difficulties as well as recovery from stroke and other communication disorders. Graduates use their diverse interests and skills to strengthen communities worldwide.

Start your college career by exploring or contacting the programs below.


Undergraduate Degree Programs

Communication Disorders and Sciences (BA/BS)

Pre-professional degree in preparation for graduate level work in speech-language pathology or audiology.

  • Program duration: 4 years
  • Applications accepted: Annually – January
  • No dedicated program application

Educational Foundations (BA/BS)

Preparation of future elementary educational professionals to be change agents in economically, racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse communities. Teacher licensure is through the UOTeach program.

* Students planning to major in Educational Foundations enter the university as Pre-Education (PED) majors.

Family and Human Services (BA/BS/BEd) and FHS-Early Childhood Education emphasis

Preparation of future human services professionals in areas such as juvenile justice, child development, or community service.

The Early Childhood Emphasis satisfies the federal requirements for teaching in a Head Start program, with a mix of human services and early childhood classes, it qualifies you to pursue a wide variety of related career paths such as early childhood teacher, family advocate, case worker, or other human-service careers. It also prepares you to pursue an advanced degree, such as a master’s in social work or early intervention/special education.

* Freshmen and sophomores may declare a Pre-FHS major

Special Education (minor)

The minor in special education is for students who plan to pursue a career teaching in general or special education, want to work in non-school settings with individuals who have disabilities, or investigate issues concerning disability. The minor offers three options: educational services, disability studies, and pre-licensure SPED teaching.

Undeclared? No worries.

Many undergraduate students who have yet to decide on a major can benefit from taking Educational Studies 111. Designed as a survey of COE programs, this course explains what is involved in preparing to be a classroom teacher but also introduces students to other, less well-known career paths that positively support children and their families and communities.