Educational Studies

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Bachelor of Arts
School of Education
Four-Year Degree


Become equipped to facilitate learning in non-school settings with both youth and adults with a bachelor of arts in educational studies. This customizable program allows you to focus your study on the context and teaching environments you feel most drawn to. Whether you’re interested in teaching English abroad, creating instructional games, working in policy-making and research, or instructing in an after-school program, this major gives you the tools to get there.

Who It's For

If you know that learning is a lifelong undertaking and love finding creative ways to enhance the learning process, this program is a great fit for you. You’ll engage in valuable research, practice, and critical reflection to equip you to teach or lead in meaningful and innovative ways.

Key Benefits

  • Work one-on-one with a faculty advisor. You'll customize your degree plan and focus on the educational setting that interests you most.
  • Combine cutting-edge fields and cross-disciplinary boundaries. You'll gain unique expertise from gamification to the globalization of education.
  • Develop demonstrable skills. Undertake a hands-on internship and an in-depth research project.

About the Program

This program recognizes the importance of preparing you—a future educator—for the wide range of settings where learning happens. It combines a solid research foundation with the latest learning innovations so you’ll emerge ready for today’s educational opportunities.

What You'll Learn

  • Gain skills in teaching, instructional design, coaching and mentoring, training, program planning, administration, and experiential education.
  • Examine the ways different settings, policies, economics, and social dynamics impact the learning process.
  • Develop stronger skills in leadership, collaboration, communication, writing, and research.

Plan of Study

You can choose to complete foundation courses in children and youth learning, or in adult learning. You will then specialize in an area of expertise, complete an internship if you choose to, and conduct a senior research thesis or project.

Liberal Education Courses

You must complete the WCore program or join the Honors College (and complete requirements) to fulfill your liberal education credits.

Sample Courses

Serious Games, Gamification and Beyond

Gaming has become an important learning medium in both formal and non-formal settings. Here, you’ll learn the differences between gamification, game-based learning, and learning games—and how to make the best use of each format. You’ll connect learning theories to game design, and design a game-based learning unit.

Globalization of Education

This course analyzes the political, economic, and social forces behind the globalization of education. It uses the latest frameworks and theories to analyze the impact of globalization on everyday educational practices and the role education plays in shaping society. The class introduces systems thinking, power relations analysis, and different responses to education’s globalization.

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Career Opportunities

Your skills as an educator will be highly sought after and applicable in a fascinating variety of teaching-related careers, including mentoring, coaching, instructional design, administration, and policy-making.

Potential Careers

Graduates will be well prepared to educate in non-formal educational settings:

  • Educational software or gaming companies
  • Educational policy and research centers
  • English-language programs in the US and in other countries
  • Residential programs
  • Afterschool and summer programs
  • Workplaces such as corporations and nonprofits
  • Higher education and student life
  • Museums and visitor centers
  • Educational programs for elders
  • Libraries
  • Private or nonprofit tutoring and educational coaching programs
  • Experiential education including internship programs and community-engaged learning

Other Educational Studies Programs

The Educational Studies program also offers a minor.

Learn More About the Educational Studies Program

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Tuition and Aid

There's No Better Investment Than You

Westminster College knows you want an education where you matter—a place that will serve as a launchpad for a successful career and a meaningful life. Westminster will work with you individually through every step of the financial aid process. From scholarships to grants and loans, Westminster helps you make it happen.

With the highest percentage of students who complete one or more internships in the state, Westminster students hit the ground running with real-world experience. Plus, 90% of students were either employed or attending graduate school within 5 months of graduating. With a Westminster degree, you don't have to choose between a successful career and a fulfilling life.

Learn About Tuition

You’ll be automatically considered for scholarship and grant opportunities.

In addition to general merit scholarships, there are other scholarship programs to support you throughout your time at Westminster.

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