Get started thinking about the future now.

Use this major map to explore possibilities and plan for success in five overlapping areas of career and academics.

Choose your year below, then see what you can do when you:

  • Learn. Develop the knowledge and skills to complete your major.
  • Engage. Contribute to campus and the community.
  • Network. Build a foundation of professional connections.
  • Transform. Make a positive impact in a diverse world.
  • Prepare. Plan for life after graduation.

The map just offers suggestions - you don’t have to do it all.

  • First Year

    Learn: What foundational courses should I be taking?

    • EDA 205 and EDT 211
    • Enroll in COMP 105 your first semester
    • Complete the required clearances for field experiences in schools

    Engage: What kinds of activities and organizations can I explore?

    • Join Talent Gateway - UM-Dearborn’s unique online community where you can complete challenges, earn points, and connect your experience with your courses and professional goals
    • Sign up for MLK Day of Service or Alternative Spring Break
    • Attend the campus Digital Education Day in the spring

    Network: What are important topics in my field?

    • Learn about the Michigan Top 10 in 10 Years Goals and Strategies
    • Investigate the Common Core State Standards
    • Gain an understanding of poverty in America

    Transform: What are the challenges and the strengths in my community?

    • Attend a local school board meeting or watch an archived video of a meeting
    • Volunteer at a local school to learn about the community’s needs
    • Follow the Michigan Legislature to learn about new education bills

    Prepare: What are the career options for people with my major?

    • Community organizations working with schools
    • Nonprofit organizations supporting student learning
    • Explore graduate program opportunities in your area of interest
  • Second Year

    Learn: How do I build on foundational courses?

    • Meet with your academic advisor each semester
    • Enroll in EDC 300 and EDA 340 for an introduction to learning and the educational system

    Engage: What activities and organizations will help me develop professional skills?

    • Join the Student Michigan Education Association (SMEA)
    • Attend a local education conference

    Network: How do I connect with faculty and students with similar interests?

    • Submit one of your best papers or projects to the Meeting of Minds Undergraduate Conference
    • Meet with your faculty during office hours
    • Join a student organization on campus
    • Join the CEHHS Facebook Page or other CEHHS social media outlets

    Transform: What are the challenges and strengths of the Detroit Metro area?

    • Contribute to a community project through the Office of Metropolitan Impact (OMI)
    • Become a Diversity Ambassador or participate in a Conversation on Race
    • Consider enrolling in EDC 439 to learn more about childhood trauma and maltreatment

    Prepare: What resources are available on campus to help me develop the professional skills I will need?

  • Third Year

    Learn: How do I gain expertise in my major?

    • Join a professional organization as a student member such as the National Education Association
    • Follow the current issues in education through Education Week or other reputable sources
    • Regularly read professional journals

    Engage: How can I grow as a leader on campus?

    • Consider running for Student Government or a leadership position in a campus organization
    • Participate in campus educational outreach activities
    • Represent CEHHS as an Orientation Leader

    Network: How can I broaden my professional relationships?

    • Establish a LinkedIn profile to connect with UM-Dearborn alumni or to join industry-related LinkedIn Groups that hire students
    • Join a professional organization
    • Volunteer at a school, afterschool organization or a community organization supporting education

    Transform: How can I prepare to effectively solve local and global challenges?

    • Visit the Office of International Affairs to plan and register for a Study Abroad course
    • Substitute teach in different districts to gain an insider perspective of local schools
    • Consider adding a minor in social work or criminal justice

    Prepare: What practical things should I do to further my career options?

    • Keep current with the issues and trends in education
    • Choose electives that provide you the skills and knowledge in your areas of interest
    • Look for an internship to explore career options with youth organizations, college campus student support services, workforce development or museum education
  • Fourth Year

    Learn: How do I finish strong?

    • Choose courses from the pedagogy electives that align with your career goals
    • Consider adding a minor, certificate or additional coursework in a field of interest such as social work or criminal justice
    • Find a relevant internship through Symplicity or by consulting with your advisor

    Engage: How can I mentor others to be leaders on campus?

    • Create a new club or student organization
    • Be willing to take leadership roles in group projects for coursework

    Network: How can I demonstrate my readiness for the next steps?

    • Submit your best paper for the Campus Writing Center Awards
    • Request letters of recommendation from faculty who know your work
    • Complete your M-Portfolio to prepare for the interview process and use with job applications
    • Develop and maintain a professional resume

    Transform: How can I add to the strengths of my community, the region, and the world?

    Prepare: How do I make the best use of university resources to launch my professional next steps?

    • Visit Career Services for advice with job searching and interviewing, resumes, and graduate school applications
    • Prepare your resume and have it critiqued
    • Participate in the Mock Interviews held on campus
  • Where could I go after graduation?

    Educational Studies provides the foundation for careers in training and teaching in adult education, workforce development, community-based education, international training and education, advanced studies in education, educational program development, research and policy making.

    • Contact Career Services on campus for assistance with job searching or resume review.
    • Contact your professional references to request permission to include their contact information in applications and request letters of recommendation.
    • Explore possible graduate program opportunities.
    • Register for postgraduate entrance exams such as the GRE if you plan to attend graduate school.

How to use this Major Map

Use the map on the interior portion of this brochure to review possibilities and plan for success in the five areas listed - Learn, Engage, Network, Transform, Prepare. The map gives options so you can select what best matches your interests and goals. Start thinking about your future now and build a path throughout your UM-Dearborn career that will prepare you for success.

College is a time for discovering your passions–figuring out who you are and what drives you. UM-Dearborn offers more than 100 majors and minors, so you can find a program that is right for you. We are committed to cultivating a campus community that acknowledges our similarities and celebrates our differences. On campus you’ll find a range of support services and offices that provide the programs you need to be successful both academically and personally.

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