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Educational Studies Major

One of the best ways to make a difference in your community: Education

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 program prepares 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.

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

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Educational Studies Concentrations

Connect education coursework to social and behavioral sciences with one of three concentrations:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Program Highlights

With the educational studies major, you’ll examine the social and cultural factors that impact education.

Program Features

What Makes it Special:

  • Three concentrations: Adult Education Contexts, Child and Family Contexts, Youth Development and Leadership
  • Dedicated, caring faculty with real-world experience

What You'll Learn

What You’ll Learn

  • Teach at a highly qualified level defined by industry standards
  • Effectively teach and lead a diverse population of students
  • Work with parents, colleagues, administrators, and community members
  • Commitment and understanding of teaching with Lasallian virtues
  • Hold a strong foundation in disciplinary knowledge and content
  • Ethical leadership focusing on character and virtue education

Careers that look to the future.

With an educational studies degree, you’ll 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 service manager

$74,000 per year

Academic advisor


Career counselor


Adult education instructor.


English as a second language teacher


Expected job growth between between 2020-2030

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