Pre-2012 Education Minors

General Education Minor

Effective Fall 2012, students may no longer declare the General Education Minor or any of the Secondary Education Minors.  These minors have been replaced by the Minor in Teacher Education and the Minor in Global and Urban Education Studies.

If you have already declared the General Education Minor or one of the Secondary Education Minors, do not despair -- this archived website provides information on those minors, including course requirements.

The General Education Minor is open to College of Arts and Science, Gallatin, School of Social Work, Steinhardt, Stern, and Tisch undergraduate students. 

Through this 18-credit sequence of courses, you can explore a career in teaching and learn about important issues in education. These courses take you into public schools to meet teachers and work with them in their classrooms. You'll quickly learn if a career in teaching is for you.

While this option is not linked to a corresponding NYU Steinhardt teacher education master's degree, these courses are part of the core requirements for all teachers, and provide a head start should you decide to pursue your master's degree and teacher certification in the future.

The Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development's General Education Minor is outlined below. Please be advised that most of these courses require a fieldwork component consisting of classroom observation and participation.

General Education Minor (18 credits)

TCHL-UE 0001 Inquiries into Teaching and Learning I

4 credits

APSY-UE 0020

APSY-UE 0021

APSY-UE 0022

APSY-UE 0023

Human Development I (and choose one Human Development II below)

Human Development II: Early Childhood

Human Development II: Childhood

Human Development II: Early Adolescence/Adolescence

2 credits

2 credits

2 credits

2 credits

SOED-UE 1015 Education as a Social Institution

3 credits

TCHL-UE 1030 Language Acquisition and Literacy Education

4 credits

SPCED-UE 0083 Foundations of Special Education

3 credits

Total 18 credits

For course descriptions, please see the current NYU Steinhardt Undergraduate Bulletin at

Next Steps: Master's Degree in Teacher Education

If the General Education Minor convinced you to pursue a career in teaching, take the next step and complete your MA degree in teacher education at NYU Steinhardt.

Eligibility Requirements

To be considered for one of Steinhardt's MA programs in teacher education, you must have completed your General Education Minor courses with a grade of B or better, and present a strong academic record in your other courses.

Graduate Admissions Information

Graduate admissions and application information is available online via or in person in Pless Hall, 3rd Floor. If you have detailed questions about the application process, please feel free to call the Office of Graduate Admissions at (212) 998-5030.

Applications should be submitted for the fall semester by the deadline of February 1. Be sure to indicate the option code of "FYR" on your graduate admissions application if you will have completed an Ed Minor by the time you enroll in the master's.

Funding your MA Degree

Depending on the subject you would like to teach and the program in which you wish to enroll there may be special funding opportunities for you. Check them out now!