Your passion for education can take you places beyond a career in teaching. Are you interested in education, but don’t see yourself leading a classroom full of students?

There are dozens of non-school careers in education, and our Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies will take you deep into the field without focusing on teacher certification requirements. Your practical and theoretical knowledge of learning and teaching methods will position you for jobs with community organizations that work with children and adolescents inside and outside schools.

And if you’re interested in an advanced degree, this program is excellent preparation for graduate studies in fields like social work or public administration.

What will I Learn?

  • Acquire knowledge of educational systems.
  • Understand how students develop and learn.
  • Recognize and value diversity within an educational setting.
  • Make informed decisions about learning based on assessment.

Visit the University Catalog to learn more about required coursework for the Educational Studies major.

Making the Most of Your Major

There are opportunities to develop skills and connect with others interested in educational studies beyond the classroom. Check out the Educational Studies Major Map to get a more detailed, year-by-year plan of how you can learn, engage, network and transform your community and prepare for life after graduation.

Get Involved

Join the Student Michigan Education Association (SMEA).

Participate in campus educational outreach activities.

Get Real World Experience

Volunteer at a school, afterschool organization or a community organization supporting education.

Plan for Life After Graduation

Look for an internship to explore career options with youth organizations, college campus student support services, workforce development or museum education.

Visit Career Services for advice with job searching and interviewing, resumes, and graduate school applications.

General Program Information

Department Contact Information

CEHHS Office for Student Success
262 Fairlane Center South (FCS)

The major will NOT lead to teacher certification; it is designed to be applicable to anyone interested in learning more about how people learn and how to use the foundational knowledge of education in a variety of different work environments.  For those interested in PK-12 teacher certification, please refer to the Elementary Education programs or the Secondary (grades 6-12) Certification program.

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