The undergraduate educational studies major is designed for students who want to develop knowledge and skills necessary for careers working with children and families in a wide variety of settings, but do not intend to become classroom teachers.
Educational studies majors develop skills that are valued in the work force, including those that focus on child development from multiple perspectives, such as an understanding of typically developing children, special needs children and the needs of young children; an understanding of planning and organization of programs; and a strong emphasis on collaboration and community involvement.
The educational studies degree provides students with a strong foundation in the liberal arts. The courses in the major will help students develop expertise in areas such as:
- child development
- understanding special needs children
- planning and preparing programs, events and activities
- behavior and behavior intervention
- collaboration with families and community members
Educational studies majors complete an internship in a community setting during their senior year. The internship is individually designed to meet the career goals of each student. During the internship, the student identifies a problem to be studied, a program to be developed or a collaborative partnership to develop. Students work with university faculty and site supervisors during this internship.
A wide range of career options are open to students who complete the educational studies degree program. Sample career paths might be those in areas such as:
- law, as a child advocate
- children's publishing (print & web)
- social work
- school or community counseling
- children's museums
- children's theater
- day care operations
- advocacy/public service
- health and wellness
Educational studies majors are encouraged to pursue a minor related to their career goals. Potential double majors/minors are:
- journalism/mass communications
- sociology or social work
- political science
- philosophy of law