The Department of Educational Studies

As a student in the Department of Educational Studies, you will broaden your knowledge and hone valuable skills related to teaching and learning, 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 young children through adults, depending on your interests. You’ll explore topics such as development and learning theories, as well as be exposed to practical applications, such as curriculum development and technology in the classroom. 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 degree program to meet your specific needs and goals.

Why choose a degree in educational studies?

Students often pursue a degree in educational studies in order to prepare for:

Degrees Available

As a regionally accredited college of the State University of New York, Empire State College offers the following degrees in educational studies:

Nondegree Students

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. Even if you’re not pursuing a degree, you can take courses to prepare for college-level study, stay current in your field or improve your job skills.

Teacher Preparation

Empire State College does not have a registered teacher-certification program at the bachelor's level.  Undergraduate Teaching Certification Disclaimer (PDF 74kB) You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to read PDF documents. If Acrobat Reader is not installed on your computer, you can download it for free from Adobe.

Note: Information regarding Continuing Teacher and Leader Education is available.