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Educational Studies Major

The educational studies major at Saint Mary’s provides opportunities for students to study education theory and examine the processes involved in teaching and learning.

The program emphasizes the study of social and cultural factors that impact education institutions and the ways education processes are used in settings other than the classroom.

The educational studies major at Saint Mary’s is a creative, unique partnership between the School of Education and the Theology Department. The program is shaped by shared objectives for preparing undergraduates to provide educational services in diverse and rapidly changing settings. 

Educational Studies Concentrations

Adult Education Contexts Concentration

Gain exposure to the many factors and issues surrounding adult education.

Adult learning success is affected by many factors, including family needs as well as issues of culture, class, gender, and ethnicity. Students will choose from an array of courses addressing these and other contexts for adult learning, and receive a strong grounding in curriculum, field methods, assessment, and developmental and abnormal psychology.

Child and Family Contexts Concentration

This concentration provides exposure to various teaching and learning methods, while focusing on the larger contexts of schools, families, and society.

Schools, families, and society interact in many ways that affect student learning and success. Students will receive extensive grounding in teaching methods for a wide range of academic subjects and will also gain insights into the important roles that families and societal conditions have on schools and learners.

Youth Development and Leadership Concentration

This concentration provides a strong foundation in the sociology and public policy issues that affect positive youth development and leadership.

Youth development and leadership is a growing field of interest. Students choosing this concentration will receive a solid grounding in curriculum, assessment, and developmental and abnormal psychology, as well as a variety of topics that impact student success such as substance abuse, family dynamics, contexts of ethnicity, class, and gender, and public policy.

Career Options

Students with an educational studies major typically find careers in the area of social and behavioral sciences, educational policy, or education law or policy. They may teach in settings not requiring state licensing (e.g., adult basic or adult ELL education, community education, environmental or outdoor education, Head Start, long-term volunteering, Montessori or Waldorf training, museum education, religious education, and youth leadership). An educational studies major also prepares students to complete graduate studies in education or related fields.

High School Preparation

English; Psychology; Sociology; Math; Science; History

Enhance Your Experience

Students who major in education studies oftentimes pursue additional studies in psychology, sociology, or human services.