Education - Online Minor

Learn how to educate and train others in your field

Build a rewarding career that is centered on providing educational experiences in diverse settings and workplace training in your chosen field by earning an undergraduate minor in education online from Oregon State University.

Offered by OSU's College of Education, this program will help you learn how to facilitate learning in formal and informal K-20 educational settings. It is designed for non-education majors and provides prerequisite knowledge to pursue graduate work in education and related fields.

The education minor is not part of a licensure program and does not result in a teaching or counseling license.

Gain skills that can be applied to any career

Even if you don’t plan on becoming a classroom teacher in a traditional school setting, pursuing your minor in education online will provide you with the knowledge to propel your career in a variety of fields. The education minor can help a public health student more effectively promote healthy behaviors, and it could help a natural resources graduate find work as an environmental educator.


The program curriculum in Oregon State’s education minor features online courses in STEM education, counseling, K-12 education and adult and higher education. The selection of courses will give you an overview of key topics and career paths in the field of education.

For curriculum details on this 27-credit program, please visit OSU’s academic catalog.

Focus areas and sample course topics

  • Adult and higher education
  • Counseling
  • Human development and adolescent psychology
  • K-12 education
  • STEM education
  • Social justice, civil rights and multiculturalism
  • Classroom management
  • Foundations of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

   After taking large science classes and working in science labs, I felt I was missing the human aspect and wanted to interact with people. The education minor had smaller classes with an emphasis on group work and getting to know one another.   

– Elena Dupen, OSU botany major and education minor

Benefits of learning online with Oregon State

  • All classes are developed by OSU's world-class faculty, who are renowned for their research, expertise and innovation.
  • Oregon State is institutionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
  • OSU Ecampus is consistently ranked among the nation’s 10 best providers of online education according to U.S. News & World Report.
  • All Ecampus students receive the same transcript as on-campus students.