Optional Minors

 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.

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.  

Contact the Department Chair or Program Assistant (ime@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.

Contact Dr. Jane Bleasdale (jbleasdale@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.

Learn more about the minor requirements and program learning outcomes by visiting the course catalog. 

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