Area of Study Guidelines: Educational Studies for Students Matriculated After Sept. 1, 2015 Policy
|Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs|
|Academic and Student Affairs|
|Replaces Policy #300.115 - Area of Study Guidelines: Educational Studies for Students Matriculated Before Jan. 1, 2008 Policy|
|Area of study guidelines, Educational Studies|
To provide context for the area of study guidelines for area of study Educational Studies.
Area of Study Guidelines: This set of guidelines helps students plan their degree plans by spelling out what the academic world and many employers understand a particular concentration to mean. The guidelines are found in many academic publications.
Disciplinary — A program of study guided by the existing framework of a discipline.
Interdisciplinary — The simultaneous and interrelated study of two or more disciplines.
Problem Oriented — A program of study organized around a problem.
Professional/Vocational — A study which focuses on acquiring knowledge and skills needed for specific career performance and applications. It also entails
inquiry into the conceptual foundations of the profession, the role of the professional in that career, and the relations between the profession and society at large.
Registered Teacher Certification Program: SUNY Empire State College does not have a registered teacher certification program at the undergraduate level.
Thematic — A program of study focusing on a particular theme or set of ideas.
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.