Equity & Education Studies Minor

Equity & Education Studies Minor 

Do you have an interest in and/or passion for K-12 teaching? Are you considering earning a teaching credential one day?

The Equity & Education Studies minor allows students from outside of the College of Education to learn about the complexities involved in the field of Education and have the opportunity to complete at least one prerequisite for a chosen credential program for a more seamless transition from undergraduate to post-baccalaureate status. 

This minor requires students to analyze educational contexts from a sociocultural, equity driven perspective.  It is meant for those interested in becoming teachers or entering education-related fields.  It takes a critical approach to education and provides students with the tools to analyze the relationship between education and society and begin to effect social and educational justice. The two core courses examine equity and inequity in education and introduce key theories of intersectionality to students. Elective courses help students contextualize their education-related coursework and field experiences in more specific historical, social, and political contexts. And the minor also provides fieldwork opportunities through K-12 classroom observations in a credential pre-requisite/co-requisite course, for those who want to learn more about the experience and what it would be like in advance.

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Total Units for Minor: 15 Units

No more than six units from lower-division coursework; no more than six units in any one prefix. 

There are 6 units of required courses, 3 units of field work courses, and 6 more units of electives as described below. 

Required Courses (6 Units)

Take the following courses: 

  • L/ST 310 - Educational Equity & Justice (3 units) *Offered Spring Semester Only
  • L/ST 320 - Intersectionality in Education (3 units) *Offered Fall Semester Only

Fieldwork Course Requirement (3 Units Plus Fieldwork)

Students choose one from Option A, B or C depending on their credential path. These courses must be passed with a "B" or better to satisfy admission to credential programs. 

Option A: Multiple Subject Credential Program (K-8): 

  • EDEL 380 - Teaching and Learning in a Democratic Society (3 units) [45 hours of clinical practice hours] 


  • EDEL 431 - Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Schools (3 units) [10 hours of clinical practice hours] 


  • EDEL 413 - Developmentally Appropriate Teaching Practices (2 units)  [10 hours of clinical practice hours]   
  • EDSP 303 - Preparing to Teach Special Populations in the General Education Classroom (1 unit) 

Option B: Single Subject Credential Program (SSCP): 

  • EDSS 300A-S - Introduction to Teaching (3 units) [45 hours of clinical practice hours] 


  • EDSP 355B - Collaborative Models of Inclusive Education: Partnerships and Strategies for Teaching All Students in Secondary Schools (3 units) [10 hours of Clinical I practice hours] 

Option C: Education Specialist Credential Program (ESCP): 

  • EDSP 454 - Academic Language Development and Inclusive Instruction for English Language Learners (3 units) [25 hours of Clinical I practice hours] 

Educational Context Electives (6 units)

  • AFRS 319 - Racial and Ethnic Experience in the United States (3 units) (same course as: AIS 319/ASAM 319/CHLS 319) 
  • AFRS 415 - International Africana Children's Literature (3 units) 
  • AFRS 420 - African American Children in Public Schools (3 units) 
  • AIS 308 - California Indian History (3 units) 
  • AIS 313 - American Indian Genders and Sexualities (3 units)  (same course as WGSS 313) 
  • AIS 345 - Working with American Indian and Indigenous Families (3 units) 
  • ANTH 329 - Cultural Diversity in California (3 units) 
  • ANTH 421 - Education Across Cultures (3 units)  (same course as: LING 425) 
  • ASAM 340 - Asian American Family (3 units) 
  • ASAM 370 - Gender and Sexuality in Asian America (3 units) 
  • ASLD 424 - Global Deaf Cultures and Languages (3 units) 
  • CDFS 409 - Language, Learning and the Developing Child: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (3 units) 
  • CHLS 300 - Chicano History (3 units) 
  • CHLS 305 - Chicana/o and Latina/o California History (3 units) 
  • CHLS 340 - Latino Education in the U.S. (3 units) 
  • CHLS 350 - The Latino Population in the United States (3 units) 
  • COMM 330 - Intercultural Communication (3 units) 
  • CWL 415 - Ethnic Literature and Culture in America (3 units) 
  • EDP 301 - Child Development and Learning: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (3 units) 
  • EDP 302 - Early and Late Adolescent Development and Learning: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (3 units) 
  • ENGL 370 - Chicana/o and Latina/o Literature (3 units) 
  • ENGL 375 - U.S. Ethnic Writers (3 units) 
  • GEOG 301 - The Urban Scene (3 units) 
  • GEOG 469 - Cities and Social Justice (3 units) 
  • HDEV 407 - Cultural Perspectives on Child & Adolescent Mental Health (3 units) 
  • LING 472 - Language and Social Justice (3 units) 
  • POSC 317 - Queer Law (3 units) 
  • PSY 361 - Psychology of Child and Adolescent Development (3 units) 
  • PSY 362 - Autism Spectrum Disorders (3 units) 
  • R/ST 302 - Faith and Race in America (3 units) 
  • R/ST 402 - Religion in America (3 units) 
  • SOC 320 - Sociology of Families (3 units) 
  • SOC 345 - Youth, Policing, and Justice (3 units) 
  • SOC 346 - Race, Gender and Class (3 units) 
  • SOC 415 - Sociology of Education (3 units) 
  • S W 330 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment I (3 units) 
  • S W 351 - Social Policy: Formulation and Analysis (3 units) 
  • WGSS 250 - Intersectionality: Critical Feminist Analysis and Beyond (3 units) 
  • WGSS 308 - Gender, Sex, and the Law (3 units) 
  • WGSS 315 - Black Women in America (3 units) 
  • WGSS 320 - Latina Women in the United States (3 units) 

Timely Graduation Policy

CSULB’s Timely Graduation for Undergraduate Students policy was established to provide access to the University’s undergraduate major and minor programs for as many qualified students as possible and to ensure timely graduation for current students. Under this policy, students may earn up to 120% of the number of units required for the degree in their declared primary major (and minor) in order to complete the degree. However, the policy does not entitle students to add or change degree objectives (e.g. majors, minors, certificates) simply because the objectives can be completed within 120% of the number of units required for the degree. In addition, the policy requires that a student must apply to graduate online by the time the student has completed 100% of the units required for the declared primary major. Keep in mind that all colleges and programs at the university will keep the Timely Graduation Policy in mind when evaluating a student's record for major change or minor requests

Eligibility Requirements

  • To add a double major, minor, or certificate at CSULB, students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the cumulative, CSULB, major, and upper-division major GPAs. Due to the above GPA requirements, our Department cannot add the minor for first-semester transfer students. Once there is an established CSULB GPA, students can submit the request.
  • Pre-majors interested in adding a minor: students must be fully declared in their major first.
  • If the request does not comply with CSULB’s Timely Graduation Policy, the request will unfortunately be denied. 
  • This minor is not available to Liberal Studies Majors at CSULB, within the College of Education. 

Requesting to Declare the Minor

If you are interested in declaring the Equity and Education Studies Minor as part of your academic plan for graduation, you will need to submit a request (below) - and a Liberal Studies Advisor will evaluate your academic history and coursework, to determine eligibility to declare (in accordance with the Timely Graduation Policy). We will first review to ensure that the student can complete the minor requirements in both a timely manner, without adding significant additional time to graduation, as well as within the maximum number of units allowed. If eligible, a Liberal Studies Advisor will confirm the declaration option with the student, submit a request to Enrollment Services, and within 1-2 weeks the minor requirements will be added to the student's Academic Requirements Report for graduation. 

If you are interested in declaring into the Equity and Education Studies Minor, submit a request below. 


Would you like to speak with an Academic Advisor about the minor and/or course requirements? Liberal Studies Advisors are available M-F via email, phone, zoom, and on-campus drop-ins in the Teacher Preparation Advising Center within the College of Education.  Daily hours and services are published on the Liberal Studies Department Homepage. Reach out if you have questions.