Adolescents, Community, and Education

About the Minor

The adolescents, community, and education minor is designed to introduce students from across the university to the benefits and challenges of working with children and adolescents in school and community settings. All coursework will be housed in the College of Education, yet some courses require outside fieldwork. Coursework is divided into 3 main categories that can be taken in any order. Category I, Adolescence in a Multicultural Society, includes courses about how adolescents learn, develop, and negotiate their unique and changing roles in a multicultural society. Category II, Adolescents and Schooling, focuses on educational issues directly affecting adolescents today. Category III, Working with Adolescents, includes courses that will involve community internships in school and non-school settings that directly affect the lives of adolescents.


A minimum of 9 upper division (300-400 level) units are required for this 18-unit minor.

Category I: Adolescence in a Multicultural Society (6-9 units)

  • EDP 301: Educational Psychology and Child and Adolescent Development (3 units)
  • EDP 403: Preadolescence and Adolescent Development (3 units)
  • EDP 410: Decision Making Across the Life Span (3 units)
  • HED 353: Sports, Adolescents and Community (3 units)       
  • TLS 285: Learning about Adolescence through Literature (3 units)
  • TLS 306: Youth in Diverse Communities (3 units) 
  • TLS 335: Academic Literacies (3 units)
  • TLS 352: Developing Adolescent Personal and Social Responsibility (3 units) 
  • TLS 386: Global Citizenship: Reading the World and the Word (3 units)
  • TLS 412: Educating Culturally Diverse Students in a Pluralistic Society (3 units)

Category II: Adolescents and Schooling (6-9 units)

  • EDL 200: A Global Perspective on Schooling  (3 units)
  • EDP 405: Public Education in America in the U.S.: Policy and Practice (3 units)
  • SERP 412: Violence in Schools and Communities (3 units)
  • TLS 195: Introduction to the Profession of Teaching (3 units)
  • TLS 204: Language, Culture, and Race in Education (3 units)
  • TLS 318: Teaching with New Technologies (3 units)
  • TLS 356: Sports, Adolescents and Schools (3 units)

Category III: Working with Adolescents (3-6 units)

  • HED 350: Student Outreach (3 units)
  • TLS 200: Sustainability and Education (3 units)
  • TLS 239: Literacy Tutoring (3 units)


The program will help prepare students for careers related to working with adolescents or adolescent issues outside of a traditional school setting.


For more information about this minor, please call the College of Education’s Office of Student Services at (520) 621-7865 or email.