Educational studies prepares students to contribute to a variety of educational contexts, including corporate and community training programs. Majors gain in-depth knowledge of educational theory as well as practical experience in designing lessons, managing students, and building learning communities. This major does not lead to teacher certification, but graduates will be prepared to pursue certification and/or a master’s degree in education.
Educational studies majors develop strong skills in communication, critical thinking, inquiry-based teaching and learning, innovation, leadership, and the use of technology. These skills prepare students for careers in teaching, consulting, training, facilitating, management, and outdoor education.
The Educational Studies Department offers two tracks: Educational Theory and Practice and Outdoor and Experiential Theory and Practice.
The Educational Theory and Practice track provides a strong foundation for students wishing to pursue classroom teaching or other careers in which knowledge of learning theory and a practical understanding of communication and leadership skills are necessary.
The Outdoor and Experiential Theory and Practice track focuses on educational theory, leadership, program design, outdoor education, environmental ethics, team building, and communication skills. This program prepares graduates for careers in outdoor and experiential teaching and learning.