Educational Studies

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Educational Studies at Alma College:

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

Experiential Learning

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

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.

Graduate Success

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.