Area of Study Guidelines: Educational Studies for Students Matriculated After Sept. 1, 2015 Policy
As a student in educational studies, you will examine the processes involved in teaching and learning through courses and studies 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.
There is an increasing need for individuals who can help others both learn new things and apply what they know in various settings. Students who choose to design a degree program in educational studies have careers in diverse settings, including training, teaching in certain settings or contexts, researching and policymaking. Note: A degree in Educational Studies from Empire State College does not lead to teacher certification. Students intending to go on for teacher certification should follow up with faculty in the program of interest.
Learners in Educational Studies will:
- identify, define and apply acquired knowledge of learning theories, teaching, literacy and instructional strategies
- identify, define and apply foundational knowledge, grounding them in their concentration
- demonstrate an understanding of learners and learning, as appropriate for the concentration
- demonstrate an understanding of curricular design, identifying, defining and applying theories of curricular design
- demonstrate an understanding of appropriate areas of human development, as well as the skills to apply such knowledge to specific situations and evaluate the outcomes
- be able to utilize and analyze technology in teaching and learning and evaluate its success and/or failure in applied situations
- demonstrate cultural competence and understanding of diverse learners
- demonstrate understanding and application of the social context of learning
- demonstrate the ability to utilize various methods of inquiry
Concentrations may include:
- community and family education
- educational studies
- childhood studies
- teaching and training strategies
- early childhood learning
- adult learning
 Students intending to go on for teacher certification should follow up with faculty in the program of interest.