An Overview of Minors in the School of Education

Overview of Minors in the SOE

Doctoral students who wish to complement their major coursework with a subject from outside of their program may explore minors as a way of doing so. Doctoral students in the School of Education may pursue a minor within a SOE department other than the one to which they were admitted.

A doctoral minor consists of 12 organized credits of coursework reflecting streams within SOE departments. To declare a minor, students are to obtain approval from their major program advisor as well as an advisor in their proposed minor area and complete the Change in Academic Program form which is to be submitted to the Dean’s Office for approval.

Minors Available for EdD Students

International and Multicultural Education

Contact the Department Chair or Program Assistant (ime@usfca.edu)  

The EdD in International and Multicultural Education (IME) is dedicated to understanding formal and informal education within diverse sociocultural, linguistic, political and economic contexts. Based on principles of equity, social justice, and human rights, the program critically addresses the realities of education within and beyond the borders of public schooling in the United States and around the world. 

Students outside the IME Department are able to develop a four-course sequence of IME courses in consultation with the Department Chair that fulfills the minor in IME requirements. Coursework can focus on issues of human rights; racial justice; or language and culture in education. Alternatively, students may opt for a sampling of courses across the IME curriculum that introduce key thematics in the field. Please note: the within-department concentrations of “Human Rights Education” and “Language and Culture” are only available to doctoral students officially enrolled in the IME Department.  

Organization and Leadership

Contact Dr. Jane Bleasdale (jbleasdale@usfca.edu)

The Organization and Leadership (O&L) program is committed to providing students with knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to become leaders in educational settings and community contexts. We believe in leaders who are motivated to transform themselves, organizations and institutions by developing skills to a) understand and critique systems of power and b) reimagine, create, and lead organizations based on principles of justice, democratic participation, and service. 

Students wishing to minor in O&L should have experience in a professional leadership role and be willing to take O&L foundational courses. Please reach out to the department chair and arrange a meeting to review the program requirements. 

O&L Foundations (9 credits required):

  • O&L 750 Organizational Theory: Applications and Implications (3)
  • O&L 751 Leadership Theories (3)

And one of the following:

  • O&L 754 School, Community and Society (3)
  • O&L 763 Race, Diversity and Higher Education (3)
  • O&L 766 Ethical Organization (3) 

They may choose one elective from the following:

 Organization and Leadership Higher Education

Organization and Leadership K-12

Organization and Leadership Community Context

Catholic Educational Leadership

Contact Dr. Jane Bleasdale (jbleasdale@usfca.edu)

The Catholic Educational Leadership Program develops leaders who can engage Catholic mission and identity in all aspects of Catholic educational leadership in the following ways: applying learning in educational contexts of Catholic social teaching through a transformative leadership style by practicing engaged scholarship that addresses societal challenges; work in solidarity with communities locally and globally, especially historically marginalized groups; engage on going research and best practices in Catholic and faith based educational environments for the formation of self and others; engage self and others in spiritual discernment and the process of reflection and personal faith development 

Students who wish to minor in CEL* may take the following core courses:

  • History and Principles of Catholic Education
  • Student Development and Instruction in Catholic Education
  • Mission and Development in Catholic Education
  • Faculty Development in Catholic Education

*pending university approval

Learning and Instruction

Contact Dr. Kevin Oh (koh2@usfca.edu)

Learning and instruction (L&I) is the application of psychological principles and concepts to solve problems in educational and training settings. Our program examines individual differences, cognitive and social development, learning and motivational theory, instructional design, curriculum delivery, classroom management, and assessment through research and hands-on experience.

Students may take any of the four courses from the list below to comprise a minor in L&I:

Educational Technology

Contact Dr. Matthew Mitchell (mitchellm@usfca.edu)

The Educational Technology Program (ETK) is designed for working professionals who are interested in both creative exploration and practical application of digital technologies. Our focus is always on giving students tools and strategies that they can use right way in their own learning environments.

Students may take any of the four courses from the list below to comprise a minor in ETK: