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.
Students often pursue a concentration in educational studies in order to prepare for:
As a regionally accredited college of the State University of New York, Empire State College offers the following degrees in educational studies:
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.
Note: Empire State College does not have a registered teacher-certification program at the bachelor's level.
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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.