St. Bonaventure University

Educational Studies Program*

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.

Become a leader & advocate for children and families

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 program internship

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.

Career options

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
  • recreation
  • 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
  • psychology
  • business
  • political science
  • philosophy of law
  • English
  • theater

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      Apr 25, 2024 | Beginning this fall, SBU’s School of Education will offer a doctorate in Educational Leadership, the first doctoral program offered by the university in 45 years.

      Nov 03, 2023 | Dr. Donna Dombek, assistant professor in the childhood education program, presented at the annual conference of the New York State Association of Teacher Educators/New York Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, held at Saratoga Springs Oct. 25-27, 2023.

      Sep 07, 2023 | Dr. Diana Lawrence-Brown, professor emerita of inclusive special education, and Dr. Pamina Abkowitz, assistant professor of childhood education, had a chapter published in the peer-reviewed text titled "DI Around the World — Exploring Differentiated Instructional Practice in General School Education."

    *Please note that the educational studies program has recently undergone a name change. It was formerly known as childhood studies.