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Educational Studies Major

Develop your awareness, understanding, and knowledge of how educational processes are used in family, community, and various social settings — and become a difference-maker in our communities.

The educational studies program at Saint Mary’s is a creative, unique partnership between the Education Department and the Psychology and Social Sciences Department. The program is based on their shared dedication to prepare you for a career integrating essential learning experiences in diverse and rapidly changing situations. 

Immerse yourself in the study of education theory, examine the processes involved in teaching and learning, and explore how learning experiences are designed in settings outside of the classroom. Through these studies and more, you will be prepared for a career helping adults, youth, and families by shaping their lives through education and social advocacy.

Educational Studies Concentrations

By completing this major, you will connect education coursework to social and behavioral sciences by choosing one of three concentrations; adult education contexts; child and family contexts; or youth development and leadership.*

*The Educational Studies major does not lead to teacher licensure. If you are interested in becoming a licensed classroom teacher, consider our Elementary Education orSecondary Education major.

Adult Education Contexts Concentration

Discover various teaching and learning methods, while focusing on the unique motives and needs of adult learners.

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

Child and Family Contexts Concentration

Discover 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. You will study a variety of strategies for designing and assessing meaningful learning experiences provided by programs centered on the needs and interactions of caregivers and children. Gain insights into how social and cultural conditions shape the experiences of families and children.

Youth Development and Leadership Concentration

Discover various teaching and learning methods, while building a strong foundation in strategies to engage youth as they improve their daily lives and influence policy decisions that affect their future.

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

Potential Careers

With an educational studies degree, you will find rewarding career opportunities in the area of social and behavioral sciences, such as youth mentorship, alternative education systems, recreation and sport leadership, or education law or policy.

  • Community education
  • Environmental or outdoor recreation education
  • Long-term volunteering
  • Museum education
  • Youth leadership
  • Youth-focused social service programs

Go even further. Take the next step toward advanced credentials in education or related fields from Saint Mary’s or beyond. 

  • Adult basic education/ELL
  • Early childhood and parent education
  • Montessori or Waldorf training

High School Preparation

English, psychology, sociology, math, science, history

Enhance Your Experience

Students who major in educational studies often pursue additional studies in human services, psychology, or sociology.