Learning and Education Studies

What Is It?:

This curriculum prepares individuals for positions requiring expertise in formal and non-formal learning and educational settings that do NOT require licensure (becoming a licensed teacher).  Students interested in becoming a licensed teacher should consider the licensure program in the majors of Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, or Special Education.

A minimum of 120 semester hours is necessary for graduation in the Learning and Education Studies program.  Students will spend much of the first two years with general education courses, achieving a solid preparation in the humanities, social and natural sciences, technology and mathematics.  In the final two years of the major, students will take a set of core courses, as well as coursework in one of the following concentrations:  1) Applied Learning Science; 2) Educational Equality and Cultural Understanding; 3) Workplace Training and Development; or 4) Digital Environments for Learning, Teaching and Agency.

Concentrations:

  • Applied Learning Science: prepares students to explore theories and methods in the learning sciences and identify principles of learning and how to apply them, how to design and evaluate learning environments and materials, and acquire flexible learning and problem-solving skills.
  • Educational Equality and Cultural Understanding: prepares students to understand the historical place of education in challenging inequality and the role of education in fostering human rights, work in the United States and international educational settings to develop policies that improve educational opportunities,and consult in organizations where an expertise in diversity is required.
  • Workplace Training and Development: prepares students to develop, deliver, and evaluate training programs across workplace settings, improve organizational performance, and lead task analysis and program design initiatives in human resource development departments.
     
  • Digital Environments for Learning, Teaching, and Agency: prepares students to design, develop, and utilize digital technologies for a diverse range of educational settings, deploy appropriate technology to support the educational goals of corporations or informal learning environments, consider the social, cultural, emotional, and cognitive impacts of implementing digital technologies in learning environments

Courses That Introduce the Major:

  • EPS 201Foundations of Education
  • SPED 117—The Culture of Disability

Students should consult with an academic advisor regarding course selection prior to the advanced registration period.

Possible Career Opportunities:

  • Education Related Positions in Agencies, Business, and Government
  • Human Resources
  • International Education
  • Non-government Organizations
  • Private and Alternative Education
  • Training and Development 

Common Career Titles Related to this Major

  • Affirmative action program assistant
  • Assessment specialist
  • Career and technical education teacher
  • Consultant
  • Diversity manager
  • Diversity recruiting manager
  • Diversity trainer
  • Educational media designer/developer
  • Education or operations data analyst
  • Educational technologist
  • eLearning or online training specialist coordinator
  • Equal employment opportunity compliance manager
  • Human resource development specialist
  • Instructional designer
  • Instructional services
  • Instructional technologist
  • Instructional technology/design coordinator
  • Learning coordinator
  • Program evaluator
  • Research/project coordinator
  • Simulation or game designer/developer
  • Technology coordinator for school/district
  • Training and development specialist
  • Training curriculum designer
  • University admissions counselors

 

Enhancing Your Academic Experience:

  • Epsilon Delta Professional Teaching Organization: informs and involves future teachers in the changing field of education.
  • Student Education Association: provides pre-professional educational development for future teachers.

Related Skills:

  • Analyzing
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Decision Making
  • Directing
  • Evaluating
  • Explaining
  • Instructing and Training
  • Interpreting
  • Organizing and Coordinating
  • Planning
  • Research

Further Information:

For more information on what you can do with a major in Learning and Education Studies, visit The Career Center’s webpage: What Can I Do With This Major.

There are several professional organizations dedicated to Learning and Education Studies.  Their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of Learning and Education Studies.  These organizations include American Association of School Administrators, National Education Association, and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

For more information on the classes needed for a degree in Learning and Education Studies, visit Undergraduate Programs.