As a student of educational studies, you will broaden your knowledge and hone valuable skills, whether or not it is your goal to be a teacher. As a student in this area, you will examine the processes involved in teaching and learning in courses about topics such as learning theories or social context, as well as be exposed to practical applications such as technology in the classroom and curriculum development. Through your examination of current issues, innovations and research, you will build a foundation of historical, philosophical, sociological, political, multicultural and gender perspectives in relation to education. You will sharpen your skills in writing and research and critical reading and thinking, as, together with a faculty mentor, you create a program to meet your specific needs and goals.
Why choose a degree in educational studies?
Students often pursue a concentration in educational studies in order to prepare for:
- early childhood studies and program administration
- teaching or training programs for adults
- workforce development
- community education
- international training and development
- advanced study in education or in other fields
- work developing children's programs
- a Master of Arts in Teaching
- research in education
- a role in policymaking
- work in educational settings.
As a regionally accredited college of the State University of New York, Empire State College offers the following degrees in educational studies:
- Associate of Arts
- Associate of Science
- Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Science.
Taking individual courses as a nondegree student is also possible and will offer you the same range and depth of courses and rigorous standards as matriculated undergraduate students.
- Pathways to certification provides information about how degree study at the college can be relevant to certification, or when such studies will not be useful to the student specifically seeking certification.
- New York State Early Childhood Credentials is a resource for individuals planning to work with young children.
- The college offers a teacher-certification program at the master's level for students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Teaching program.
Note: Empire State College does not have a registered teacher-certification program at the bachelor's level. Undergraduate Teacher Certification Disclaimer (PDF 45kB)
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- adult education
- early-childhood studies
- educational psychology
- learning communities
- lifelong learning
- sociology of education
- training and staff development
- teaching strategies
- family education
- instructional technologies.
You can focus on a single area such as early-childhood education, or create an interdisciplinary concentration that connects or combines perspectives exploring a theme or topic.