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Cross-Enrollment

All PAL cross-enrollment courses count as upper division UC course credit and satisfy UC San Diego’s DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) undergraduate graduation requirement. View other graduation requirements that may be satisfied by PAL courses.

Who's Eligible?

  • The Cross Enrollment Program is open to undergraduates only.

  • To be eligible, you must:

    • Have completed at least one term at your home campus as an admitted student
    • Be enrolled for at least 6 units at your home campus for the current term
    • Have a grade point average of 2.0 (grade of C) or higher for work completed
    • Have paid tuition and fees at your home campus for the current term
    • Have completed appropriate academic preparation as determined by UC San Diego
    • Meet California residency requirements as determined by your home campus
    • Not have been previously disqualified academically from UC San Diego

Course Descriptions

EDS 130 (4 units). Introduction to Academic Mentoring of Elementary School Students. This course focuses on the role of undergraduate mentors in raising academic expectations for students and families traditionally underrepresented at the university. The relationship between the school and community, the social and political organization of elementary schools, and the academic achievement of elementary children are examined. (Corequisite: EDS 139 Practicum in Learning)

EDS 131 (4 units). Introduction to Early Childhood Education. This course examines effective practices for literacy, numeracy, and socio-emotional development in early childhood education. Field experience and seminar focus on social relationships between the UC San Diego student, the teacher and children, developmentally appropriate teaching and learning practices in literacy and numeracy, and community service. (Corequisite: EDS 139 Practicum in Learning)

EDS 133 (4 units). Counsel, Mentor, Advise. In this PAL course, UC San Diego students learn about innovative, equitable counseling and advising practices.  The course includes a practicum in which UC San Diego students serve as co-participants in projects at schools and community sites.  Students will have opportunities to utilize counseling and advising practices in project-based contexts. 

EDS 135 (4 units). Newcomer Focus work with recently arrived refugees and immigrant students and families in school and community settings. (Corequisite: EDS 139 Practicum in Learning)

EDS 136 (4 units). Introduction to Academic Tutoring of Secondary School Students. This course focuses on the role of undergraduate tutors in building academic resiliency in secondary students traditionally underrepresented at the university. The relationship between the school and community, the social and political organization of secondary schools, the philosophical, sociological, and political issues which relate to the U.S. secondary educational system, and the academic achievement of secondary children are examined. (Corequisite: EDS 139 Practicum in Learning)

EDS 137 (4 units). Artsbridge. These courses focus on the role of the arts (visual and performing) in education. UC San Diego students collaborate with teachers in P-12 classrooms to support arts instruction and integrate the arts in the core curriculum. (Corequisite: EDS 139 Practicum in Learning)

EDS 139 (2 unit co-requisite for EDS 130, 131, 136, & 137). Practicum in Learning. Students are placed in local schools and work with students in classrooms and the community. Students work on educational activities with P-12 students a minimum of four hours per week.

EDS 139 (2 units). For Continuing PAL Students. Students may continue in their PAL placements for subsequent quarters. Students deepen their impact and relationships in P-12 classrooms through their extended work.

How to Cross Enroll

To cross enroll in a PAL class you need to:

  • Choose a class;

  • Since PAL Practicum courses place UC San Diego students in the community, extra steps are required to enroll:

  • See an academic advisor at your home campus to make sure the course credit will be accepted;

  • Bring the Cross Enrollment form to the registrar at your home campus for approval and verification;

  • Bring the Cross Enrollment form to the UC San Diego Education Studies Department (EDS) to get approval by obtaining the course instructor's signature and the departmental stamp.

    • Signatures and stamps can be obtained from the EDS Student Affairs office, weekdays, 9:00 - 11:30 and 1:00 - 4:00. For questions or to arrange a specific appointment time, please contact Danielle del Rosario, dswenson@ucsd.edu or (858)534-7297.

    • EDS is located on the 3rd floor of Pepper Canyon Hall adjacent to the Gilman Parking Structure. Directions.

  • Submit the completed Cross Enrollment Form in person to the UC San Diego Registrar's Office.

  • In addition, all PAL courses require a 2-credit co-requisite course, EDS 139
    • You must register for the EDS 139 section that has the same instructor as your PAL course

  • All new PAL students are required to complete the Mandatory Background Check Form which must be turned in to Sheila Keegan in EDS, PCH 311 prior to the first day of class.