Educational Studies

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Educational Studies at Alma College:

Considering a career in working with children or other related field?

Are you interested in working with children or youth but not interested in earning teacher certification? Then consider an Educational Studies major or minor!

An Educational Studies major or minor allows a student to find a career path outside of the traditional classroom.

Experiential Learning

An Educational Studies major or minor allows a student to find a career path outside of the traditional classroom.

What can I do with a major or minor in Educational Studies?

  • Work with youth organizations, child care and after school programs, youth ministry, youth services, and educational institutions such as museums. Consider adding a related disciplinary major or minor.
  • Attend graduate school programs in related fields for which education is an appropriate field of study but for which teacher certification is not required, such as school psychology, counseling, or educational policy. Check potential graduate programs for requirements.
  • Attend graduate school in any field and benefit from the experience and knowledge of teaching and learning when seeking teaching assistantship positions. Consider a second disciplinary major that you are interested in pursuing further.
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Highlights and Graduate Successes

Educational Studies majors are advised and supported in ways that help them complete their program in a timely fashion. For example: of those incoming first-year (non-transfer) students who graduated with an Educational Studies major from 2014-2018, almost 70% graduated in 4 years or less and all graduated within 6 years. Many of these students also had a second major or minor.

Those pursuing an Educational Studies major complete an internship that becomes an important part of their program, linking coursework and work experience in ways that meet their personal interests and career goals. Recent and planned student internships include: school speech and language, outdoor education, guidance counseling, Applied Behavior Analysis, early childhood teaching, foster care/child protective services, occupational therapy, museum curation, camp counseling, zoo education programming, student ministry, and probate court.

The program is relatively new, but recent graduates have gone on to graduate studies in the following fields: Historic Preservation (Masters Program,) Speech and Language Pathology (Masters Program,) School Psychology (Ph.D. program) and social work (Masters Programs.)

Other graduates have gone directly into work in their area of interest, including: Applied Behavior Analysis, early childhood teaching, and occupational therapy.


I am the SRC Coordinator (Student Responsibility Center) at Alma High School which means I handle restorative practices for students that get sent out of class for being insubordinate in ways that the teacher cannot really get them under control. I also deal with logging all of this along with all suspensions. I also handle eligibility checks for athletes in season to make sure they can compete in this upcoming week’s games and matches. The Educational Studies program helped me prepare for this role by explaining many of the different ins and outs of special needs children, I deal with many of them much more than I thought I would. Also understanding the history of education helps me discuss intelligently with colleagues about different measures we could employ to help these students out as much as possible.

~Tommy Cannon, ’18
Abbey Callard


The educational studies program has been instrumental in helping me to discover that I want to go into a specialized branch of clinical social work. All my professors have been nothing but supportive and I think that has made a big difference in my Educational Studies experience being so positive. They have always allowed me to tailor my assignments/learning to what worked best for me and this was so helpful in me finding my niche. Through my internship and mentoring from my professors, I now know that I am going to pursue the clinical social work track and, hopefully, be able to work with children struggling with Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

~Abbey Callard, ’18


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Mission Statement 

The Education department at Alma College is committed to the preparation of knowledgeable, competent, and caring education professionals who reflect critically, serve ethically, and lead intentionally in a diverse world.